A junior at Columbia University from Dayton, Ohio...

Tyler Benedict

Are any of your college rivals here?
Are any of the college rivals here? Uh, well, we have Harvard in the green room right now, so there's nothing a Columbia man likes to do more than beat Harvard, so, looking forward to a chance at that.

Do you do well when you play at home?
Do I do well when I play along at home? Well, you know, some days I do better than others, but, I think that I'm pretty confident today.

What will you do with your winnings?
What will I do with my winnings? Well I promised all my friends back in the Columbia marching band that I'd buy us a big sailboat and we could sail it up and down the Hudson River, so maybe I'll have enough to do that.

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How does it feel to be a semifinalist?
It's surreal. I can't imagine--y'know, I can't describe what it's like to be up here with Alex Trebek actually reading you the questions instead of watching at home. It's incredible.

Tell us about your strategy.
[Shrugs] Buzz often. Buzz early. I mean, y'know, I got lucky with some Daily Doubles. I'm looking forward to seeing if that'll carry over into the next round.

How did you prepare for the College Championship?
Well, I mostly just sat and watched a lot of the show at home. I told my mom it was, y'know, I was preparing for the show, "I'm preparing for the show," but really it was just what I would be doing normally, so...

Any shout outs to your friends and family back home?
I want to tell the Columbia University Marching Band to G(tb)², and I want to tell my brother Nate hello and I love him. I hope he's having a good time watching.

2012 College Championship semifinalist: $10,000.

21 at the time of the College Championship.

Tyler appeared in the following 2 archived games:
#6308, aired 2012-02-08 Weston Mangin vs. Tyler Benedict vs. Monica Thieu 2012 College Championship semifinal game 1.
#6305, aired 2012-02-03 Sarah Bart vs. Tyler Benedict vs. Zack Terrill 2012 College Championship quarterfinal game 3.

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