Prior to Day 2 of the PreO we had a team discussion about strategy. The model event and the previous events tended to be fairly straight forward. In particular it seemed that the course setters were not setting very many Z problems where the flag was slightly off in some way. We discussed being careful about choosing Z and favoring choosing a flag. Well, it turned out that this day was definitely different. The three most missed controls were all very tricky Z answers. It seems many competitors were lulled into a sense of security by the model event.
Team USA had a very poor showing. Steve redeemed himself with the best US score of the day (15 out of 20). Sharon had 14 and Clare had 13. The median score, however, was 17. We dropped quite a bit in the overall standings. Once again some soul searching and thinking about how to train better for next year.