I think as a captain or coach it’s important to stress the “we are only as strong as our weakest link” mantra all season, or at least through the last qualifying tournament. As we lead up to regionals, I always stress the following hypothetical - two students, each with 3 events to prepare for - one student gets 1st, 1st, and 20th, the other gets 7th, 7th, 7th. From the individual perspective, going home with 2 gold medals in favorite events seems great (and you bombed one, but there’s always an excuse for that..) - but from the team perspective, the 21 points accumulated by the second student was better than 22, even though they never get called to the stage for a medal.
It all depends on goals though. For us, the goal is to qualify for states, so after regionals, there is little value in pressuring students to prep for events that they just don’t enjoy as much. There’s little difference in placing 20th or 30th at a tournament, but the extra time invested into a favorite event for a shot at a medal can pay off for a student in the long run.