South Pacific Regional, Sept. 12#The University of Western Australia's Peter Alexander, Alexander Mathews and Evgeni Sergeevand, along with the University of Canterbury's Joseph Scarr, Edwin Flores and Thomas Steinke took top honors in this region, besting 75 other teams to earn an invitation to Harbin, China, to compete in the World Finals.
"Don Knuth's Lovechild Reunion," coached by Luigi Barone, was the only team to solve eight problems, earning the University of Western Australia team first place. The University of Canterbury's "Team JET," coached by Tim Bell, came in second with seven problems solved. "The Triple Helix," from the University of Tasmania, also solved seven problems and took third place.
A team from the University of Sydney and one from Adelaide University tied for eighth place; both solved five problems in 639 minutes.
Held at nine sites across Australia and New Zealand, this year's regional contest was directed by Raewyn Boersen. This was the first year that teams from Dunedin or Canberra didn't compete, contributing to the lower number of teams entering the contest.