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July 12, 2018 Hesston RecordJuly 12, 2018 Hesston Record

Swathers Bots Take State

Posted 3/8/2017

By Jacquelyn Nelson

Hesston Record Staff

The Hesston High Swathers brought home their fourth state title this weekend in Hutchinson. The  Swather Robotics Team cinched the state title in a 40-match tournament lasting most of the day on Saturday between 34 teams.

Tournament champions were teams of Ian Weaver and Luke Arrasmith and Collin Simpson and Jeb Carlson.

In addition Chase Jahay earned a ticket to Worlds competition by winning the Excellence Award, the highest award a bot can win at a competition.  Jahay has been a one-man team this season.  His bot is one of only two in the state that uses pneumatics on his bot. 

“It’s fast, it’s powerful.  The challenge is sometimes I run out of air,” said Jahay. 

Jahay said he was surprised by his Excellence Award.

“I thought it would go to a team that could high hang, and I can’t,” he said.

Jahay is only a second-year robotics student, however he came in late in the season last year and was partnered with Cole Findley.  Together, they qualified for World Competition in 2016.

“I rarely allow a solo team but he’s capable.  Teams don’t get to decide, I decide, if they are going to have a partner. You have to have a hellacious work ethic and be talented to be a solo team,” said robotics instructor Trevor Foreman.

Jahay said as a solo builder, driver and programmer, he has been able to perfect his bot to his specification and vision. 

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