Speaking to those sorta upset that solon was upset with 3rd.
Sometimes people join clubs, they enjoy friends, and they move on with life. To others, some activities are treasured beyond just a club. Science Olympiad, for the really good teams, is a way of life. It dominates peoples Facebook status's, it is their social life, it truly runs there lives. I understand why some teams, some people, wouldn't understand that, I do, because those people obviously didn't spend 4-5 years of their lives working soley towards the goal of winning nationals (note that the people in 7th grade who went to Solon placed 5,4,3, (didn't go), 2, (didn't go) during their div B and div C national tournaments). To those who didn't understand the dissapointment before, I don't expect you to understand it now. You haven't tasted victory, you haven't been at the top and then fallen all the way to "the bottom". And yes, Solon's bottom is apparently different from most people's, not because Solon is elitest and MUST win, but because the people on that team live to compete on Science Olympiad. So to those people who question Solon, to those who wonder why they are, or how they could be, upset, don't get angry at Solon, don't get frustrated at their mechanicals or think less of the people on the team. Either respect them for doing what they love and caring enough to cry about it, or pity them for only having Science Olympiad and thus not having anything else to cushion the fall from 2nd in the nation to not going. Again, I don't expect anybody who hates Solon (which isn't cool, I mean, to hate people over Science Olympiad? Use hate for more important things), or who can't understand their position to understand this, or to identify with them, but just realize that the top teams live for moments like the Science Olympiad State Tournament, and thus to lose with such high expectations is like jumping out of a plane thinking you have a parachute but realizing about halfway down that your parachute has a hole in it, and now all you can do is curl into a ball and hope that you survive for the next adventure.
P.S Never heard about any conspiracy theory, but after looking at results it is obvious of 2 things. 1 Solon had a bad day and 2 the elevator obviously did something, whether it was enough to ruin it for them or was just a small occurence will never be known.