Arrango had a prior engagement, Carter Smith passed on it, I was 3rd in line. Then around the first of Sept I got an email inviting state coordinators in addition to state reps. As I was both, I asked if I could appoint another spot. I started asking around who might want to go. Claring was the only bite, and I'm glad it worked out that way since he was either 4th or 5th in line from the qualifier.
Since they made it sound like it was 1st come 1st serve I had to act quickly so I didn't have a chance to really open it up to some sort of qualifier. I'm just glad the spot got used. Depending on the future formats, I'm going to suggest they offer more spots in less states on some sort of rotation so that small groups could come from the same state to help with travel. The year we had like 8 of us from Iowa was awesome!