11 March, 2016
Hey everyone! I hope everyone has recovered from the excitement and exhaustion of NCA 2016! This year's NCA was a weekend that I'll never forget. From touching down to beautiful 70 degree weather in Dallas on Friday, to sitting with my team Sunday afternoon in the winners circle with the top 3 teams in Medium Coed 5, this weekend was definitely one for my memory book! Not only was it my favorite NCA yet, it was the highest my team Maryland Twisters Reign had ever placed there ever!
I started off my Saturday morning as I always do, by listening to One Direction and Justin Bieber as I got ready for my meet time. Thanks to my amazing friends at Fancy Face, getting ready was easy and quick with their awesome multi color Natural Palette and fantastic HPIC compact! I use the Blue HPIC and it makes my eyes really pop and picks up the pretty blue color in my uniform! My whole team loves our HPICs!
Once I got to the convention center, I met up with my team and got focused for our performance, we call it our "bubble". We started making our way to the warmup room and 30 minutes later I found myself on deck about to go on the stage in the famous NCA Arena. After our performance, you could say we were a little shaken up by some of the mistakes we had, but that made just us more ready and willing to come back the next day and bring it! Our coaches called a meeting that night and we got ourselves mentally prepared for Day 2, it was worth 3 times as much as Day 1, so we really had to bring it!
The next morning started out a bit more serious as I got myself ready for Day 2. I wore a heavier blue/black smokey eye on Day 2, just for confidence sake! There was a lot more at stake that day, we had to bring our best and Fancy Face products really stepped up in that department! When we reported for our meet time all that we wanted to do was put on a show and get that Arena crowd on its feet! The crowd can really help you, believe it or not, so we could NOT lose that crowd with mistakes like we had on Day 1! We were committed to improving and were so ready to just go out there and slam it down for the crowd.
Warm-ups felt like a blur and I honestly don't even remember warming up. I only remember the last minute hugs and handshakes that were taking place backstage. Walking out onto the floor, hearing the roar of the crowd seemed to give us all the confidence we needed. We did what we had planned. We delivered our best routine of the season! But was it enough? Our division is SO deep this year with so many phenomenal Medium Coed teams, you never know!
By the time awards came, we were so anxious to find out our placement. They started announcing the other teams leading up to the top 5. They had called 5th and 4th place and Reign still hadn't been announced. My goodness my heart was pounding! We'd gotten 5th place last year at NCA and Worlds, so I knew we had at least moved up and that felt amazing! When they called us into the Winners Circle and brought our coaches out, I didn't care what place we got, I was just so excited to be in the top 3 of such a tough division. "And In 3rd place, with a 95.96 from Glen Burnie, MD, Maryland Twisters Reign!!!" We came back from our mistakes from Day 1 and were the 3rd best team that day! My teammates and I were going crazy celebrating on the floor.
We stayed around the mat and waited for the final results. After the final announcement all top 3 teams integrated into one massive group hug! Each team in the winners circle was so happy with their placements and thrilled to be there! It was one of the best feelings ever to be surrounded by so many friends from different programs all celebrating each other's successes.
Overall, NCA 2016 was an overwhelmingly wonderful experience that I can't forget. Thanks to my team, my awesome friends, and the amazing staff at Fancy Face for their support and love they have always shown me, this NCA weekend made me fall in love with this sport and with Fancy Face even more! I'm so blessed to be part of Team Fancy 2016! My only regret is I didnt get a picture with Amanda, Alyssa and Nikki, and my other Team Fancy models, which is a definite bucketlist item for the rest of this season! Worlds, ladies?!?!
Thanks again for the opportunity to share my weekend with you all!
Hunter Brooke Morris