A week after finishing in an impressive second place at the 2016 FRC Ventura Regional, Riviera Robotics made the journey to Boise, Idaho to compete in the inaugural FRC Idaho Regional. Competing at the Taco Bell Arena at Boise State University, Team 5818 impressed throughout the qualification matches, finishing as the third seed after 12 qualifying matches. As the third alliance captain, Team 5818 partnered with Team 701 RoboVikes and Team 3243 Amperes to fight through the playoffs. After winning the first quarterfinal with ease, the Team 5818's alliance experienced a hiccup in the second due to an unfortunately overturned robot from Team 701. However, the alliance came back to the tie breaker quarterfinal determined to win. Riviera Robotics and their alliance partners rallied to win by 100 points (167-67) and set a new season high score of 167 for Team 5818.
Unfortunately, Team 5818 and its alliance partners crashed out of the FRC Idaho Regional after losing in the semifinals to a strong alliance captained by Team 3230, the eventual regional winners. After seemingly losing their last opportunity to be sure of a spot at the FIRST Championships in St. Louis, Riviera Robotics was ecstatic to hear itself called as the winners of the FRC Idaho Regional's Rookie All-Star Award, granting them a place at the World Championships in late April.
Team 5818 is proud to have competed at the inaugural Idaho Regional, and was impressed at the professional manner in which the event was put on. Team 5818 would like to thank the organizers of the Idaho Regional for inviting fantastic speakers such as former NASA Astronaut Steve Swanson, Micron Technology CEO Mark Durcan and the Governor of Idaho, Butch Otter. In addition, Team 5818 was excited to take part with all the other teams in a picture on the world-famous blue turf at Boise State University's Albertson's Stadium.
Lastly, Riviera Robotics, and especially the drivers, would like to extend a special thanks to Rodrigo, the fantastic head referee from the 2016 FRC Idaho Regional. Team 5818 was extremely impressed with the seriousness and professionalism that the head referee showed in the performance of his duties, making sure the game stayed fair for all teams.