2015 USFirst Championships Day 3 Part 1

Day 3 started with a lot of hope.  30th was a little high but we had performed well in the middle of the field.  But First we have awards to give out.

All Team Leaders assembled on Newton for Hopper and Newton Awards.

All Team Leaders assembled on Newton for Hopper and Newton Awards.

Team 3838 hopefully waiting amongst the other teams.

Team 3838 expectant and hopeful.

Team 3838 expectant and hopeful.

Our announcer starts listing the first award winner.

Starting with the Team Awards.

Starting with the Team Awards.

The stands erupt as the team sitting below us receives the Rookie All-Star award for fields Hopper and Newton.  Team 5526, tCATS, from Torrean, Coahuila, Mexico.

Team 5526 Celebrates Receiving the Rookie All-Star Award for Hopper and Newton.

Team 5526 Celebrates Receiving the Rookie All-Star Award for Hopper and Newton.

Team 5526 Celebrates Receiving the Rookie All-Star Award for Hopper and Newton.

Team 5526 Celebrates Receiving the Rookie All-Star Award for Hopper and Newton.

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Immediately texting/tweeting that they’ve won an award.

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A proud Mentor/Father/Teacher from Team 5526.

The last award for the day goes to Team 2015, The Cyber Knights.

The last of the awards.

The last of the awards.

Then the team leaders go back to their individual fields for the Quarter Finals Alliance Selection.  Here the first alliance captain from Team 118, Robonauts, has already chosen Team 1678, Citrus Circuits,  while he 2nd alliance caption from Team 195, Cyber Knights, receives the captain’s hat.

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The 2nd Alliance Captain receives his captain’s hat. Team 195 the Cyber Knights.

The last pick of round 1 taken by the Eight Alliance Captain, Team 4118 Roaring Riptide.

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8th Alliance announces their first round pick.

The eight alliance picks twice in a row to start the 2nd round.

DSC_6932_ResUMask DSC_6933_ResUmaskThe 2nd and 3rd rounds go fast as each alliance announces their picks with little hesitation.  With two picks left in the 3rd round we have 11 teams ahead of us in the rankings.

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The third round is over and we’re left out.  Or are we?

The 3rd Round is over and we're left out.

The 3rd Round is over and we’re left out.

To our surprise they announce a 4th round where each team will now select a backup team in case an alliance partner is unable to continue.

Start of a 4th round of selections?

Start of a 4th round of selections?

The last pick is made.

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The 8th alliance selects their backup team. The last pick of the day.

The selections are made.  6 of the 8 backup teams were led by young ladies.  Hmmm, maybe the captains are looking ahead to the party.

DSC_6956_PickingIsDoneI think we would have been selected if only the alliance captains borrowed Gryffingear’s, sorting hat.  Don’t you?

Team 5012 Gryffingear from Palmdale CA loans their sorting hat to the announcer on Day 2.

Team 5012 Gryffingear from Palmdale CA loans their sorting hat to the announcer on Day 2.

But we didn’t do badly for our first try.  Only six teams shy of making it into the quarter finals.

DSC_6957_Within7Positions_CropLevelsResUMaskWe went off to pack up the pits and load the bus for the long ride home.  But our day wasn’t done so stay tuned for Day 3 Part 2, coming soon.

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