Slow N Steady Spring 2022

Apr 2, 2022
College Park, Maryland, United States

Adele H. Stamp Student Union

3100 Adele H. Stamp Student Union, College Park, MD 20742

Colony Ballroom

Organization team
Adam Gradess, Daniel Greigg, Gaetan Almela, Jonathan Lin, Liam Chen, and Will Callan
WCA Delegates
Blake Thompson, Corey Sakowski, and Keaton Ellis
Download all the competition's details as PDF here.

We will be holding an unofficial FTO (Face-Turning Octahedron) competition during lunch. Competitors can only participate in this unofficial event if they are registered for the competiton.

3x3x3 One-handed may have a potential second round if 5x5x5 Round 1 is completed by 4:15 pm.

Main event
Registration period

Online registration opened and closed .

Registration requirements
This competition is over, click here to display the registration requirements it used.
Create a WCA account here if you don't have one.
If this is not your first competition, associate your WCA ID to your WCA account here.
Register for this competition here.
There is a competitor limit of 175 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is $15 (United States Dollar).
If your registration is cancelled before you will be refunded 100% of your registration fee.
Registrants on the waiting list may be accepted onto the competitor list until .
If you are a registered competitor you may change your registered events until on the Register tab.
No on the spot registrations will be accepted.

Free for UMD students, faculty, and staff. Unfortunately, we can no longer waive registration for alumni.
Please keep in mind that registrations are approved manually after payment, so your registration may not be approved immediately.
Your registration is not complete until your registration fee has been paid.
All competitiors must read the "Competitor Information" tab.
Any requested changes to registration before registration closes will be honored.

If the competitor limit of 175 has been reached, you can still register and pay the registration fee to secure a spot on the waitlist. During the registration period, any competitor can cancel their registration and allow the first person on the waitlist to take their spot. If you find that you cannot make it to the competition after registering, please contact us so that we can maximize attendance.
All registrants still on the waitlist after the registration period will have their registrations deleted, and will be fully refunded.

Competitors may bring at most one guest. This will be checked at the entrance of the competition.

In accordance with University Policy, which requires mask wearing in high density areas such as classrooms and indoor instructional spaces, we are requiring masks for all competitors and their guests in the venue throughout the day. Competitors and/or guests that do not comply will be asked to leave the venue. If the guest of a minor is asked to leave, the minor will also be asked to leave and be disqualified from the remainder of the competition.

All attendees (competitors + guests) must show valid proof of a negative test for COVID-19 within 96 hours (4 days) of the competition. A rapid test is acceptable proof for a negative result. The date when the test is conducted is what matters, not the date when the results are received. Any test conducted earlier than Tuesday, March 29th is insufficient for entrance to the competition.
Along with a negative test document, a valid ID must be shown and checked at the registration desk on the day of the competition. Any proof sent electronically to the organizers and/or delegates prior to the competition will not be accepted.

Click here to display the highlights of the competition.

Luke Griesser won with an average of 6.64 seconds in the 3x3x3 Cube event. Christopher Sun finished second (6.73) and Zayn Khanani finished third (7.33).

Event Name Best Average Representing Solves
3x3x3 Cube Luke Griesser 5.56 6.64 United States 5.566.536.776.61DNF
2x2x2 Cube Zayn Khanani 0.94 1.17 United States 1.321.082.860.941.12
5x5x5 Cube Christopher Sun 48.01 52.82 United States 48.0152.4954.7157.3151.27
3x3x3 Blindfolded Liam Chen 19.50 DNF United States DNF19.5036.29
3x3x3 One-Handed Keaton Ellis 11.41 12.81 United States 12.5911.5211.4114.3315.87

Getting to Campus

Note that if you are coming by public transportation, the Green Line Metro stop is not on campus. You will need to take the Shuttle-UM 104 bus from the stop to campus. Please factor this into to your travel time when planning to come to the venue.

The parking map of UMD shows available parking on campus. During the weekend, there is free parking at all green-highlighted parking lots on this list. Lots B(Regents Parking Garage) and Z are the closest free parking lots near campus.

NOTE: The competition is being held in the Colony Ballroom . The Colony Ballroom is located on the second floor on this map.


For First-Time Competitors

All newcomers must be familiar with the WCA Regulations before competing. This video gives a basic overview of the rules. In addition, please read this document before coming to the competition.

For All Competitors

When you arrive, you will receive a card with personalized information detailing your events and what group you will be competing in for each event. In addition, you will also have judging/scrambling/running assignments on your card. Every competitor is expected to help out during the event(s) they are registered for. The card will look like the following:

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If you do not arrive to help during your scheduled event, and there are not enough staff members, we reserve the right to disqualify you from competing.

There is no official hotel for this competition, and no room blocks will be offered. Below are suggestions for lodging in the area.

There are multiple hotels located on Route 1(Best Western, Hampton Inn, Cambria Hotel, College Park Marriott, and more) located less than five minutes away from the venue. These are not an exclusive list of hotels, nor are these hotels affiliated with, sponsoring, or holding special accommodations for this competition.

Private lodging sites such as AirBnB also offer options in the area.

If you are interested in staff, please fill out the following form.

NOTE: ALL COMPETITORS MUST PAY THE $15 REGISTRATION FEE. If you are selected for staff, you will be refunded the registration fee AFTER the competition has ended.

Staff members will be provided with free registration and lunch for the competition.

Final staff decisions will be made after registration closes.

This competition is sponsored by TheCubicle! Check out their site for cubes, accessories, apparel, and more!

Podium winners of the competition will receive gift cards to TheCubicle.

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Face-Turning Octahedron (FTO) will be held with the help of Extra Events.

We will have one round of FTO during lunch, as seen on the schedule. Only those who register for the competition normally may register for the event.

Regulations for extra events at the EE website can be found here.

There is no additional registration cost for competing in FTO, but you must have an approved registration on the WCA website before registering. Registration for the event will close on March 25th, 2022, 8:00 PM local time.

Additional information for this event:

  • Format: Average of 5
  • Time Limit: 4:00.00
  • Cutoff: Best of 2 < 2:00.00
  • Competitor Limit: 16

Register for FTO using this link.

Time limit

If you reach the time limit during your solve, the judge will stop you and your result will be DNF (see Regulation A1a4).
A cumulative time limit may be enforced (see Regulation A1a2).


The result to beat to proceed to the second phase of a cutoff round (see Regulation 9g).


The format describes how to determine the ranking of competitors based on their results. The list of allowed formats per event is described in Regulation 9b. See Regulation 9f for a description of each format.

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