Mass. -- Amy Barao, a political science and art history
double-major from Norwell, Massachusetts, is the winner
of this morning's 106th annual hoop-rolling competition
at Wellesley College. Barao, who will graduate on June 1,
was met at the finish line by Wellesley College President
Diana Chapman Walsh (herself the winner of the 1966 hoop-rolling
contest), who presented Barao with a bouquet of flowers.
With her twin sister Meg, Barao was co-captain of Wellesley's
basketball team, which finished the season with a 22-5 overall
keeping with tradition, Barao was promptly propelled by
her classmates to the edge of Lake Waban and tossed into
the chilly water. Upon emerging from the lake, Barao credited
her victory to staying in shape and securing a great position
at the start line. In another Wellesley tradition, Barao's
"little sister" and basketball teammate, sophomore Kate
Lyren, arrived at the starting line at 8:00 pm on Friday
and spent the night outdoors to assure Barao a prime spot.
the winner of the contest, which
first began in 1895, was said to be the first in her
class to marry. These days, victory is seen as a sign that
the winner will be the first to achieve success, however
she defines it. After graduation, Barao plans to work as
a paralegal in the Boston area and to later attend law school.
200 Wellesley College seniors, most dressed in academic
gowns, made this morning's 1/4 mile dash, rolling old-fashioned
wooden hoops in a race to the finish line.