CHERRY HILL, NJ – Sparta robots competed at the state championship on Saturday, March 4. Traveling to the Cherry Hill East High School with their bots, Sparta competed in a field of 140 teams. Three Sparta teams finished with notable success.
Team 5249A finished eighth in the state. The team members Hailey Koerner, Luke Kurian and Lucie Wolfson, led by Conor Smetana, participated in 106 qualifying matches. They lost in the semi-final round.
“In addition to their excellent showing at the state championships they also ranked fifth in the state for programming and driver skills earlier in the season,” Coach Mark Meola said.
Team 5249E had a winning record in their qualifying matches. Thiago Snatos and Emmet Sedar led the E team. Together with team member Zach Herbert the team earned both the Innovation Award and Build Award earlier in the season.
Also earning the Build Award, Team 5249C was comprised of Even Marcino, Julia Lopez, Julia Muth, Alexandra Poret, Brendan Brusburg. The team mentored first year robotics students Alan Yeung, Dennis Hartmann, Karthik Selvaraj, Ben Lipton and Ryan McQuillan.
“I have been in the robotics program for the past four years and hit has been a great experience,” Lopez said. “I would encourage everyone who has the chance to give it a try. Being a colead on the team has been an incredible learning experience and it was great that our hard work was reflected with an award at states.”
The team won the Build Award “for a season of continuous development that included the design and construction of two robots and the meticulous documentation of the evolution of the design in their Engineering Process notebook,” according to Meola.
Earlier in the season Team 5249D were recognized for their mechanical design accomplishments with the Amaze Award. D Team members are Jack Williamson, Sarah Ramos, Grace Masterson, Nicole Kwok, Eric Swarzrock and Soumya Duggirala.
“Over all the Sparta Robotics team had a great season of accomplishments this year,” Meola said.