A Georgia Institute of Technology freshman has made it to the semifinals in the Jeopardy! College Championship.
Rishab Jain, who is from Memphis, Tennessee, won $20,100 on Wednesday’s episode. Jain competed against William Scott, from Tufts University, and Caroline Trammell, from Furman University.
“Luck turns in your favor sometimes and sometimes it doesn't,” the materials science and engineering student said in a postgame confessional video. “I think with (Final Jeopardy) it just happened to be the way it was, and now I'm where I am.”
But Jain can’t contribute it all to luck. He also described some strategy: “Towards the end I was kind of picking up speed, and so I kind of tried to capitalize on that. I think I hit a Daily Double.”
In fact, he did. Jain correctly answered, “In the 600s, Muslim forces captured Jerusalem and by century's end, they had built this gold-topped shrine,” with “What is the Dome of the Rock."
The championship includes 15 students representing different campuses. Another contestant with a state tie — Dhruv Gaur, a freshman from Gainesville, Georgia — has also made it the semifinals. Gaur represents Brown University.
Jain said the contestants became fast friends.
“It's like meeting up with mutual friends or just like, finding things in common,” he said in the video.
Lilly Chin, a Westminster grad from Decatur, won $100,000 in the 2017 Jeopardy College Tournament of Champions. Later that year she competed on the Tournament of Champions, finishing in third place during a semifinal.