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One in 3 million: UW alum Diana Inch is the only entrant to correctly pick the Final Four

UW alum Diana Rich correctly picks Final FourBe honest, how many of your teams actually made it to the Final Four this year? Not many, if you’re like most of America. In fact, 80 percent of brackets filled out on the Yahoo! Tourney Pick ‘Em game failed to pick a single Final Four team. Not a single one!

Diana Inch had them all. The UW alum and high school librarian is the only participant out of rougly 3 million in the Yahoo! universe to correctly pick the Final Four: Connecticut, Kentucky, Butler and Virginia Commonwealth. She has UConn vs. Butler in the NCAA title game, and believes the “other” Huskies will win the national championship.

Read a full-length interview with Diana from Yahoo! Sports. She says her favorite numbers are 7 and 11 and picked teams closest to that throughout the tournament. Butler is a No. 8 seed, while VCU was a No. 11 seed. She also picked winners based on mascots that were either dogs, cats or had four legs. UConn Huskies. Kentucky Wildcats. Butler Bulldogs. VCU Rams. “Any mascots we didn’t know, I looked up online,” Diana told Yahoo! Sports. “That’s what librarians do, we look things up!”

A 1996 graduate of the UW iSchool, Diana is a librarian and coaches girls soccer at Jefferson High School near Salem, Ore. Way to go, Diana!

Photo courtesy of AP.


3 Responses to “One in 3 million: UW alum Diana Inch is the only entrant to correctly pick the Final Four”

  1. Diana (a.ka. Princess of Pick'em) wrote:
    April 4, 2011

    Hi. I think you’re thinking of the “other” Jefferson High School (Portland). My Jefferson High School is located in Jefferson, Oregon. It’s a small town just south of Salem.

    • Derek Belt wrote:
      April 5, 2011

      Oh no! You’re right. I am so sorry. Just made the edits to the story and removed that reference to the “other” JHS. Congrats on your amazing run. Did you win anything cool from the Yahoo! game?

      • Diana (a.ka. Princess of Pick'em) wrote:
        April 6, 2011

        Nope. I came in 15th place. I have been trying to get Yahoo! to donate money to my school district. They could at least send me some t-shirts or mugs for my students. While on my whirlwind media tour, only Oregon Public Broadcasting gave me anything — a nice OPB Think Out Loud mug.
        No wonder librarians often have a soft-spot for public broadcasting.

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