This past weekend, Hilo Viking Robotics participated in the 2013 VEX Pan-Pacific Tournament, where teams came to pit the skill of their drivers and design of their robots against teams from across the globe. Many teams from places like China, Taiwan, Australia, California and all over Hawaii arrived with crates filled with intricate twistings of metal and plastic – the culmination of months of hard work. First and foremost, we are proud to have been one of those teams.
HVR brought four teams up to this competition: 1378 – headed by president Matt Pearring, 1378Z – captained by vice president Damien Augiar, 1378B – driven by Ashley Chen, and 1378X – a team composed of our many new members, driven by Harrison Bierman.
Qualification matches were without a doubt, intense. Teams from Oahu kept their same high level of competition, while teams from China and Taiwan noticeably stepped up their game from last year. However, HVR was able to thrive in this competition
At the end of the qualification matches, 1378 was ranked #2 as second seed at 7 wins, 1 loss. 1378Z was ranked 34th at 5 wins, 3 losses. 1378X was ranked 46th at 4 wins, 4 losses. 1378B was ranked 75th at 3 wins, 5 losses.
For alliance selection, team 1378 picked Waiakea team 1378B (rank 6, 7 wins, 1 loss), and Millilani team 1973D (rank 23, 5 wins 3 loss). 1378B was selected by Honoka’a team 2455, 8th seed.
Our alliance with Honoka’a put up a good fight in quarterfinals, but was eliminated in round 3. Our second seed alliance pulled through after a nail-biting match with team 7796 from Beijing. The alliance of Hilo, Waiakea and Mililani continued to dominate in the semifinals by beating the third-seeded alliance of 7972A from Gaoxin High School, who pulled off an unbelievable five-point victory against the first seeded alliance of Mckinley and Waialua High Schools.
In the final round, the Hilo/Waiakea/Mililani alliance faced off against the fifth-seeded alliance of Searider Robotics, Peal HS and 808 Robotics. HVR and Waiakea won the first round with a score of 125 to 65. Mililani switched in with Waiakea the second round, and won the tournament for our alliance with a landslide score of 254 to 20.
Congratulations to all of the teams that participated – the level of competition this year was higher than anything we’ve seen, and we have you to thank for that amazing experience. Also, thank you to our MANY amazing sponsors, supportive parents and of course, our dedicated advisors, all of whom this would not be possible. And to the other teams that qualified for worlds – we will see you in Anaheim!