This years competitions kicked off at Center Line High School with the Center Line District Event, our home district event. We were off to an auspicious beginning, when Senior Ponette Rubio was selected to represent us by singing the National Anthem at the start of the day.
The qualification rounds were marked by one of the Gearheads all-time greatest streaks of sterling robot performance. In the 12 qualification matches, Triton and our amazing drive team only recorded 2 losses. Autonomous scoring was near perfect thanks to the coding efforts of Govin and the controls team. Teleop driving saw our team maintain control of our alliances switches and scale for most of the matches and successful levitation in the end-game.
The Gearheads finished qualifiers ranked 2nd overall with an average of 2.16 Ranking Points per match, and one of the highest statistical averages for scoring, Offensive Power Rating and Defensive Power Rating (OPR 205.04 and DPR 2.4 and CCWM 202.64 ).
The team breezed through the Elimination Playoffs to make it to the finals for the first time in a few years. Unfortunately, we were edged out in the finals by the number one alliance. So it seemed no blue banner for the team this event. But wait there is more.
After collecting their event finalist medals (runner up status is always a little anti-climatic after such a great day of competition), the team was starting to think about packing up and heading home when over the P.A. they hear something familiar, "We're all scholars, We're all makers, We're all ... We're all ... We're all ... GEARHEADS" The Gearheads took home the coveted Chairman's award for the event. Which means that among the 40 teams, the judges chose to recognize FRC 1189 the Gearheads as the team that most embodies the spirit of FIRST.