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Year: Senior
Hometown: Rye Beach, N.H.
High School: Phillips Exeter Academy


Before Dartmouth
Elle MacAlpine comes to Dartmouth from Phillips Exeter Academy where she played Varsity Squash her last two years, and was captain of the squash team her senior year. MacAlpine led her team to first place in the 2014 High School Team Squash Championship and first place (Division B) in the 2014 New England Squash Interscholastic tournament.

MacAlpine is the daughter of Bill and Kathy. She has one sister who rides for the Williams College Equestrian Team. At Dartmouth, MacAlpine studies history and chemistry.

Q & A with Elle MacAlpine

Why Dartmouth?
As a New Hampshire native, Dartmouth has always been a goal in the back of my mind. However, when I visited during my senior year of high school, I truly realized what a special place it is. The gorgeous campus, down-earth-people, and undergraduate focused academics all made me feel right at home.

How long have you been riding and what got you interested in riding?
I have been riding since I was six. I attended a pony camp the summer after kindergarten, and that was that! I have been taking lessons ever since.

Tell me something interesting about you that might come as a surprise to your teammates.
I really love classical music, despite my complete lack of musical talent, and I am actually writing a senior thesis on the history of classical music in England.

What activities are you involved in outside of Equestrian?
I love to play squash, hike, and ski when time permits. I am also a member of Alpha Phi, an all-female sorority on campus, which is a really phenomenal group of women.

What are your future plans?
I hope to attend medical school after taking a year or two off to work in clinical research (and ride!). Within the field of medicine, I have a special interest in orthopaedic surgery and pediatrics.

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