McCormick senior Sabrina Fritz placed second in Wednesday’s episode of “Jeopardy!” finishing just $2 behind the winner.
Fritz earned $21,799 by the end of Final Jeopardy, finishing behind competitor Jeff Crosby, a youth ministry consultant from New York. Despite her losing score, Fritz walked away with $2,000, which she said she plans to spend on a pair of retro Air Jordan sneakers.
Fritz went into Final Jeopardy with $10,900, putting $10,899 on the line for the final question. The clue asked players to identify a moon with a name meaning “fear” that orbits closer to a planet’s surface than any other moon in the solar system.
“I knew that the word for having a fear of something was phobia, and I know that there was a moon called Phobos,” Fritz said. “One of my best friend’s nicknames is actually Phobos so it was a pretty easy get for me.”
Although she answered the question correctly, her fellow contestants did as well. It was exciting to watch herself on TV with her friends and peers despite the outcome, she said.
“They’ve all been in on this since the very beginning, so being able to watch it with them and hear everybody cheering is just (an) unparallelled experience,” Fritz said.
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