pihi wrote:At regionals, we were calculating the score while they were listing off the places. Our school hasn't gone to states in so long but we felt as if we had a chance this year. The announcer only had one more event to announce and we were winning by one point. He announced that we got fourth and the other team got second. Therefore, we couldn't go to states because we were losing by one point. We all groaned and watched as the other team celebrated.
The announcer said, "This year's competition was close but Pioneer High School (Our school) wins by 1 point!"
We all stared at each other and thought that he had made a mistake. We looked over at the other school and they seemed to be in the same shock as we were in.
We recalculated the score and found out that both of our teams had forgotten to count an event that we both didn't place in and that gave us the win. That was legit one of the happiest moments of my life.
Something sorta similar happened when I was in 12th grade.
We hadn't gone to Nationals in a few years, after placing 3rd at States for around 3 years in a row (NY takes the top 2 teams). The top two that always went to Nationals were FM and Spackenkill. That year, we were having a lot of drama, particularly with tech events and people that the coach wanted to swap out for other students on the team, and it was just a nightmare. People were coming back from their events feeling like they bombed them, and I was the only person trying to be optimistic, but even I was feeling scared about everything. We get to the award ceremony feeling pretty down, though our spirits rose as we heard our team get called for some medals. We were at least hoping for top 5 but weren't even expecting that, that's how pessimistic we were. So they called 10th, 9th, 8th, 7th, 6th, 5th, and 4th. Now we're getting excited, since they haven't called us yet. We think "hey, maybe we got third again, that's not so bad, or maybe we even got 2nd!", and so for 3rd, we were hoping for either Spackenkill or us. So we were shocked when they called "Columbia!" for 3rd place, since that was a team we hadn't even heard of. My first thought was "oh man, we didn't even make top 10! I was a captain this year, and this will go down in history as the worst we've ever done, I feel terrible". So when they called "2nd place, Ward Melville High School!", we all stared at each other for a few seconds, and then absolutely freaked out. It turned out that Spackenkill had actually placed 14th, and we beat Columbia by a mere 14 points or so. It was one of the greatest moments in my life (that we made Nationals, not that Spackenkill didn't get top 10).