Since I had two teams that were very competitive in this area, I watched it nearly every time I walked between the Arena and exhibit hall fields.
Only a couple of teams turned in 60s (1114a and 2213a). Neither repeated this 60 in the finals in front of the big crowd. No one scored over 60. No Exothermic team did 60, although two had turned in several 60s in practice. There's something about the adrenaline of a real competition, I guess.
My personal favorite team on Robot Skills might be 721, which scored 54 without being able to climb the platform and turn the bonus cube. That's all eight goals and 14 cubes, which is the six on the floor, four on the robot, and four from the autoloader. Pretty darned cool.
575 ran their "safe" programming code in their first run and scored 37. 2921 turned in a 30 and another team (sorry for forgetting the team) did 29. Those were the best runs of the day.
Over their mentor's objection, 575 ran their "43" routine in the finals, which is designed to score 43. I don't know what routine 2921 ran, but neither robot did as well in the finals as they did in the dimly-lit preliminary field. When the dust settled, the Kiwis won. (This was probably karmic payback for an alliance captained by Exothermic 418 eliminating them by one point in the Technology division :) ) 2921 was as good as they looked in the videos -- quite a robot. Did I also mention that they were friendly and professional, too? Nice bunch of robot builders. It would be fun to compete in their tournament. I wonder what it would take to raise that much money?
The highest score I saw an autonomous routine was 575's "43" routine on the practice fields, where they knocked off several 43s. Since both 2921 and 575 were line-followers, the members of 575 think it might have been the more stark lighting on the Arena field that hampered both robots. We'll never know -- but it was a great competition. Thank you, Karthik!