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Moravian College alumna an early exit from NBC reality show

Academic All-American Jessica Coughlin ’99 first off “Race to the Altar”

Jessica Coughlin and Scott(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)—Moravian College alumna Jessica Coughlin ’99, a graduate of Bethlehem Catholic High School, was a contestant on the new NBC reality show, “Race to the Altar,” which premiered Wednesday, July 30. Coughlin and her fiancé Scott were the first couple booted off the show in which eight engaged couples compete in a series of elaborate physical competitions and smaller non-physical games that force them to work together as a team. At the end of each episode, one couple is eliminated until the season finale -- when the last remaining couple wins a dream wedding of a lifetime broadcast on NBC.

At the end of the first show which premiered last night, the host read the invitation list which included five couples, but didn't include Scott and Jessica. Afterwards, we learned that Jessica and Scott had set a wedding date for October 2, 2004.

Coughlin excelled both academically and athletically at Moravian. She was a 1999 GTE Academic All-American and graduated with a 3.78 grade-point average in economics. She was also named to the Middle Atlantic Conference Executive Director’s All-Academic Team for tennis during the Lady Greyhounds season during fall of 1998. She helped Moravian win the MAC Championship in 1996, 1997 and 1998 as well as the MAC Commonwealth League title in 1996 and 1998.

Coughlin completed the 1998 season with perfect 14-0 record and completed her singles career at Moravian with the highest winning percentage in school history at .969, winning 62 of 64 career matches. Coughlin posted a 40-6 career record in doubles competition..

Coughlin also played guard for the Lady Greyhound women’s basketball squad. During 1998 Coughlin became the 12th player in school history to score 1,000 points in a career. She completed her career with 1,137 points (7th all-time), 346 assists (2nd all-time), 312 steals (2nd all-time) and 166 three-pointers (3rd all-time) in 99 career games. Coughlin helped the basketball team to the MAC playoffs as a freshman, sophomore and junior.

For more information on the show visit: http://www.nbc.com/nbc/Race_to_the_Altar/index.shtml