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For immediate release:
April 27, 2002

Mary Ann Hill,

WELLESLEY, Mass. - Tasha Teutsch, a biological sciences major from Atlanta, Georgia, is the winner of this morning's 107th annual hoop-rolling competition at Wellesley College. Teutsch, who will graduate on May 31, was met at the finish line by Wellesley College President Diana Chapman Walsh (herself the winner of the 1966 hoop-rolling contest), who presented Teutsch with a bouquet of flowers. Teutsch is co-captain of Wellesley's crew team and last week was named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference All-Conference Crew Team.

In keeping with tradition, Teutsch was promptly propelled by her classmates to the edge of Lake Waban and tossed into the chilly water. Traditionally, 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, Teutsch will enter a doctoral program in biological sciences at the University of California-Berkeley.

Nearly 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.

Founded in 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in liberal arts and the education of women for more than 125 years. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students.


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