Spelling Bee names 8 co-champs after 20 rounds

History was made Thursday night at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

A record eight spellers were crowned champions after each correctly spelled a word in the 20th and final round. Rishik Gandhasri, Erin Howard, Saketh Sundar, Shruthika Padhy, Sohum Sukhatankar, Abhijay Kodali, Christopher Serrao and Rohan Raja all will share the title of this year’s champions.

Spellers in the night finals were 121-for-129.

The breakdown of the final word each spelled correctly was as follows:

Gandhasri: Auslaut

Howard: Eerysipelas

Sundar: Bougainvillea

Padhy: Aiguillette

Sukhatankar: Pendeloque

Kodali: Palama

Serrao: Cernuous

Raja: Odylic

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