On March 29th-31st, 2012 the Aluminum Falcons competed in the third annual Northeast Utilities FIRST Connecticut Regional. Learning from the lessons that were taught in New York City and equipped with new hardware, the Falcons were ready to take on one of FRC's most competitive regionals. There were many tough competitors from 177 Bobcat Robotics to 195 Cyberknights but, FIRST Team 2168 came out on top once again.
Ranking as the number one seed, they were joined by 2791 Shaker Robotics from Latham, NY and the number two seed 118 Robonauts from League City, TX in the eliminations. Attached with a new stinger, our alliance was not only able to score in the mid 80s but also triple balance within the 30 second end game. In the semifinals, the unexpected happened again with our alliance robot 118 remaining dead for two matches along with other robots that fought on the red alliance during the semifinals. Asserting that the field was not the issue by the FTA, the Aluminum Falcon nearly achieved another win until a split-second single robot balance ended the match in the opponent's favor. 118 could not move again in the third match of the semifinals ending the regional for the members of our alliance. We left the competition with a record of (10-3-0).
This was an exciting, but also heartbreaking competition for the entire team. Faced against the odds we still built a competitive robot that placed us not only once but twice as the number one seed. Although, misfortune struck us in both our regionals this year, this by far is no end to the Aluminum Falcons rise. Now that our offseason has officially begun we can now look to the future and only improve on the amazing dynamic our team possesses. We'll be competing at WPI Battlecry 13 and Beantown Blitz in the next several weeks.
"During eliminations, there is nothing more the drive team could have done. We were at the top of our game. With clear eyes and with joy in my heart, I can promise you when I tell you we gave it our all. It has been an extraordinary journey and an immense pleasure standing behind the glass driving the heck out of Talyn and the Fat Swan with these guys by my side"- Niral Patel (Drive Team Captain/Base Operator)
"You guys were absolutely awesome at NY and were robbed of a chance to play your alliance's full game in the elims, for the same thing to happen in CT is abosluetly heartbreaking. You guys are without a doubt one of the best teams who aren't going to be at championship. 2168 is going to be a team to watch rise up into the top tier of team's over the next year or two. Your robot was great but the way you guys run your team is even better. Also thank you again for your advice at the end of NY, it really helped us come alive at CT"- Joe Blay (FRC Team 694 Stuypulse Coach)
"FIRST is so much bigger than winning a regional, its about networking and building a family, and learning together to solve problems. We have done that, and were only growing every season for the better... A lot of great teams have us on their radar now! Lets keep taking FIRST by surprise" - Kevin Harrilal (Lead Control Systems Mentor)