Throughout the summer, DartmouthSports.com will be focusing on members of the Class of 2019 who are currently in their "Sophomore Summers."
The latest installment features Nicole Deblasio of the women’s track & field team. A native of Lebanon, New Jersey, Deblasio has come on in the last year and proven herself to be one of Dartmouth’s top sprinters. This year, she was the winner of the 100m at the UMass Pre-Conference Meet and the 200m at the Dartmouth Outdoor Invitational.
DartmouthSports.com: What have you been doing during your sophomore summer?
Nicole Deblasio: I’m currently taking classes on campus. Since this is the only term where I’m not truly in-season/pre-season, it’s been a great time to enjoy everything in Hanover I haven’t had time to do. Some of my other housemates (also on the track team) and I go on frequent hikes, to the farmers markets and day trips to cool ledges and rivers in the area. I even went on a four-hour canoe trip yesterday!
DS: What is your favorite place on campus?
ND: There’s nothing like sitting on the Green on a nice day. Other than that I would have to say Leverone Field House, because that’s where I’ve made the most memories in college.
DS: What was it in the recruiting process that sold you on Dartmouth?
ND: After my official visit, I knew Dartmouth was the place I wanted to call home for the next four years. What really sold me on Dartmouth was how close the track team was, both with each other and with the coaching staff. It was something that I was so excited to be a part of. Coach Sandy was so welcoming and made me feel right at home, even though I was super nervous about the whole recruiting process. Before I came to Dartmouth, I wasn’t even sure I definitely wanted to run track in college.
DS: If you could swap places with one teammate, who would it be and why?
ND: I would switch with Cha'Mia Rothwell because she is the most energetic person I’ve ever met. She’s also an amazing track athlete and I think it would be cool to know how to hurdle.
DS: If you could play another sport at Dartmouth, what would it be and why?
ND: I would want to be on the soccer team because all of my close friends in high school played soccer. I’m one of the only people I know who never played soccer, not even as a little kid. I think I was afraid of the ball so I wouldn’t let my mom sign me up. But now I wish I knew how to play! Last spring we traveled to Myrtle Beach for a track meet and we played a lot of games of pick-up soccer on the beach.
DS: How is Hanover different or similar to where you grew up?
ND: I grew up in a small town called Lebanon in New Jersey. I’ve heard people say Hanover is in the middle of nowhere, but there’s so much more to do here than at home! To me this is a busy town.
DS: What’s the app you use most on your phone?
ND: Instagram for sure
DS: What show do you binge watch?
ND: My housemates (Maria Garman, Jacqueline Perron-Smith, and Kayla Gilding all also on the track team) and I just started watching Switched at Birth as a house. We can’t stop watching it. It’s so good!
DS: What is your useless/hidden talent?
ND: I can almost perfectly mimic a fire alarm sound.
DS: Do you have a nickname on your team? Who gave it to you and why?
ND: Coach Courtney calls me Scrappy, like the tiny dog from Scooby Doo who has attitude (Scrappy Doo). I actually like it because I feel like it describes me really well: little, but I still have some spunk/fight.
DS: What are your post-Dartmouth plans?
ND: I really want to live in Boston and work somewhere doing marketing. And hopefully get a cool dog like a German Shepard.