1989 is a team that came out of nowhere to almost take it! Nothing to diminish their alliance partners, who were all that they needed to be.
Taking the initiative to redesign the robot as practice for the upcoming season appears to have paid off in more than one way: The idea worked in competition (OK, it kinda went kablooey near the end, but until then it was far better…) AND all the newer kids got to understand what it takes to build something - that’ll serve you well come January 9.
Plus, 1989 got to see first-hand just what it will take to go all the way to the finals. I saw a LOT of panic on the team - starting with alliance selection - so you will want to control that at Javits, but you did pull together for the most part.
I also saw some team members who weren’t doing anything, while others were frantic. You need to utilize all of your team members in those situations, and preparation and training of every member in every job is the key. OK, not everyone will be an expert, but anyone should be able to shout to anyone else “Go get a #35 master link” and be completely understood. Work on that between now and January, since you have the possibility of being an awesome team this year - but only if you use the whole team…
Good job altogether!