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.