The 2018 DMC US Finals went down at the Temple nightclub in Denver, Colorado last week, but this year’s entry welcomed it’s youngest competitor yet.

11-year-old DJ Kool Flash was among the competitors representing the United States. She who made history in April when she became the youngest female competitor to win the DMC USA Regional Finals in New York City. She’s also the first black female DMC USA Regional champion and only the second female regional champion ever in the history of the DMC USA National DJ Battles.

Although Kool Flash didn’t walk away with the crown this year — that honor went to her former teacher DJ Throdown of Washington, D.C. — she has plenty of time to regroup and try again in 2019. In an interview with HipHopDX, Kool Flash explained what her first DMC US Finals were like.

“I was a bit nervous because I didn’t know what to expect,” Kool Flash admits. “But I was also extremely excited to be representing for all the girl and female DJ’s out there. Once it began, I felt much more comfortable and performing was a lot of fun. It was a great audience.”