Lea Tottle, an Oldsmar native and 2008 graduate of Palm Harbor University High School's International Baccalaureate program, was a contestant on Jeopardy's College Championship on Tuesday night.
The Florida State University junior came in second to Erin McLean of Boston University.
"I got beat by the buzzer," Tottle said Tuesday night after the show's airing. "It was the timing; that's the hardest part."
With 17,200 points, she still may have a chance to win the $100,000 first prize. There are four wild-card slots for high scorers, and if she's chosen Friday night, she'll move on to the semifinals, which air Monday through Nov. 17. If she prevails there, she advances to the finals, set to air Nov. 18 and 19.
"Right now, I'm in a pretty good spot for going on," she said. The shows were taped in October, but contestants aren't at liberty to say how they did.
Tottle, 20, is one of 15 students selected from thousands to appear in the two-week tournament. Jeopardy airs at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday on WFTS-Ch. 28.