NAOMI ZARIN OF GRAY, MAINE, COME ON DOWN! The first of 291 spellers is on ESPN3. Two rounds today, both ding-and-out, and at least last year the first one was easy (251/284) and the second only slightly less so.
8:20 am: Live results here; 21/23 correct so far. The words have been suhr-MOUN-tuh-buhl and haven't led anyone into a-po-PLEKS-ee.
1pm: 259/291 advance.