For those of you who are slightly triggered by the fact that the track wasn't good/your hovercraft didn't perform up to expectations, here's a little story:
In the month before nationals, I tried to get data about my hovercraft with the track that my coach built me, but due to modifications/the track not being good (it kept on stopping at about 120 cm), I was unable to get any real data. However, due to the fact that my hovercraft didn't depend on the material of the side walls/track and that the target distance was 120 cm. I was able to get a pretty good time through intuition at the competition itself (19.67s). Yes there was definitely a bit of luck involved right here, but my main point is that I feel like it depends on more how you use your 8 minutes efficiently at the competition then taking a whole ton of data before it. (Of course this doesn't apply to the people who had a bad track, that's just bad luck.)
Also, my partner and I bombed the test (left 9 questions blank), but we still got 6th, showing that few teams were able to get a good time score and the test was hard as well.
Projected 2017 Events: A&P, MM, ECO, HV, MP