It was a big day for the Hooch Quiz Bowl program. On Saturday, 1/28, we split up to go to two different tournaments. We sent 4 teams to compete at GATA Winter at Apalachee High School and our off-shoot Science Bowl sent two teams to compete at Science Bowl Subregionals at Piedmont College. In all, 27 Hooch Quiz Bowlers competed on Saturday.
For the second year in a row, the A team went undefeated at Science Bowl Subregionals, winning the finals over Northview. They now move on to Savannah to attempt to qualify for Nationals for the second year in a row. A win in Savannah would win them another all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. Congrats to the Science Bowl A-Team for their 1st place finish: Ashwin Ramaswami (captain), Arvind Ramaswami, Kalen Patton, and Abhinav Kumar. Also congrats to the B-Team: Sahil Sudhir (captain), Ellie Wong, Sarah Chen, and Maanas Purushothapu. They got some great experience, and finished 4th; not bad for their first year.
Miles away, at GATA north, all 4 Hooch teams qualified for playoffs after lunch. Due to the loss of personnel to the Science Bowl tournament, the teams at GATA were a little different than normal, creating some interesting match-ups. Our A-Team was composed of Tej Guttikonda (Captain) and Aditi Choudhury from the regular A-Team, and Kevin Huang and Niranjan Ramasekaran from our regular B-Team. Junior Soham Kulkarni and sophomores Harrison Zhu, Andy Luo, and Mihir Paramesh filled in to complete our improvised B-team. The C-Team was made up of Nithilan Vincent (Captain), Srija Sengupta, Charline Truong , Rohan Vuppala, and our new team member Foster Michaelis. Our D-Team (JV) was made up of all freshmen: Roy Li (Captain), Nick Nguyen, Jaehun Seo, Brian Amaro, Suraj Peramanu, and Rajat Sethi.
Not only did the B-Team go undefeated in prelims, but they were able to pull a huge upset in the second round of playoffs by beating the Hooch A-Team. What an amazing performance! The B team ended up finishing 2nd and the A team finished 3rd. It was a great experience for all teams.
Stats from the GATA tournament are available here: