We traveled to Houston for the World Championship on April 17 through April 20th. Compared to the Colorado Regional, our robot was extraordinarily reliable throughout the competition. We had very few maintenance issues, and our pit crew ended up rather bored. Our performance on the field wasn't quite as high, but as our strategist predicted, we ended with a 5-5-0 record in 42nd place, our best performance yet at the Championship. We won our first four matches, so as a fun little bonus we were in 3rd place to start the second day of competition. With a new personal performance record for the championship in the books, we call this season a success.
University of Denver hosted the Colorado Regional on March 20th through the 23rd. Day one of the Colorado Regional was a bit rough for Team 4550, but we rallied on the second day of competition. We pulled ourselves up from 50th place to 38th place and made it to playoffs as the second pick of the second seed. In playoffs, we made it to the finals, where we played defense against the first seeded alliance. We brought the match to a tiebreaker, which we lost. However, by making it to finals we won a wildcard which qualified us for the World Championship.
Team 4550 attended the Oklahoma Regional on March 6th through 9th, where we were 8th place and were picked by the 5th seeded alliance. It was a very good competition for the team. We won seven of nine matches and made it to the quarterfinals, where we lost in a tiebreaker. Despite a loose cable compromising our earlier matches, we encountered no serious problems we were unable to fix, a very good job on the behalf of our mechanical team.