This past weekend, Team 2539 – The Krypton Cougars – attended their first of two District Qualifying Events at the Hatboro-Horsham competition.

This was the debut performance by the team from the Palmyra-Hershey area for the 2024 season. According to a press release from senior electrical engineer David W. Walker, it presented the first opportunity for Team 2539 to showcase their new robot, Rhapsody, along with their strategies for the 2024 FIRST Robotics Competition game, Crescendo.

The Krypton Cougars have won the Hatboro-Horsham competition for the last two years, and this year they were set to defend their title against 32 other teams from the Mid-Atlantic region.

On Day 1, Team 2539 won their first six qualification matches on their way to finishing the day ranked No. 1 with seven wins and one loss.

On Day 2, the competition amped up as teams fought for ranking position and a shot to be in the playoff tournament that afternoon. Team 2539 finished Day 2 with three more wins and one loss, finishing 10-2 overall and remaining ranked at No. 1.

This earned the Krypton Cougars the No. 1 alliance captain and the No. 1 seed in the tournament. During alliance selection, Team 2539 chose Team 5895, Peddie Robotics and Team 2097, PATH to Domination, to join their alliance for the playoffs.

The Krypton Cougars won each of their games in the double elimination tournament leading up to the finals, where they faced an alliance led by the No. 2 ranked alliance captain. They swept the best-of-three finals series, securing a 15-2 overall record and winning the competition for the third year in a row.

Team 2539 also won the FIRST Engineering Inspiration award, which celebrates the team “with the most outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s organization, school, and community,” according to the release.

With these results, Team 2539 has earned a spot in the Mid-Atlantic District Championship, which will be held at Lehigh University on April 4-6. The Krypton Cougars will return to action March 15-17 at the Springside-Chestnut Hill Competition.

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