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 Luke Hudspeth of the men’s heavyweight rowing team. A native of Dallas, Texas, Hudspeth rowed in the second varsity eight all season, primarily racing in the 6-seat. At the Eastern Sprints Regatta, he and the Big Green took sixth in the Petite Final (5:49.21). A few weeks later at the IRA Regatta, his boat finished in third place in the Petite Final (5:39.18), edging Boston University by seventh-tenths of a second.
DartmouthSports.com: What is your favorite place on campus?
Luke Hudspeth: My absolute favorite place on campus is the boathouse, while I may move around to different dorms and off-campus houses, the boathouse remains a constant home, where I can always find my teammates and friends. The view from the water is also pretty spectacular.
DS: What was it in the recruiting process that sold you on Dartmouth?
LH: The coaching staff that we have definitely sold me on Dartmouth as well as the beautiful campus and isolated location. I knew I wanted to go to a rural school that offers lots of outdoorsy options, and Dartmouth fit that description perfectly.
DS: If you could swap places with one teammate, who would it be and why?
LH: I would swap places with Ian Marx, who constantly demonstrates one of the most impressive work ethics I have ever seen. His constant diligence carries over from rowing into his personal life and academics.
DS: Who would play you in the movie of your life?
LH: I would like to think that Jake Gyllenhaal or Chris Evans could play me, they both have qualities that I admire and also truly dedicate themselves to their films. When Chris Evans signed on to play Captain America, he committed himself to being in tip-top shape for at least seven movies, which is a very lengthy amount of time.
DS: What has been your best “on-field” memory thus far in your Dartmouth career?
LH: To date, the highlight of my rowing career happened this year at the IRA national championships. In our final race of the B finals, we ended up sprinting through Cornell with about 200 meters left in the race. Earlier in the season at the Eastern Sprints Regatta, Cornell had done the same thing to us, which pushed us to the B final instead of the Grand Final, so being able to bounce back and beat them later in the season was a huge step for my boat.
DS: What show do you binge watch?
LH: I love Game of Thrones, Friends and Friday Night Lights. I am from Texas, so growing up watching Friday Night lights really resonated with me. My best friend in high school and I drove down to Austin one weekend to do the driving tour of all the Friday Night lights set locations.
DS: You step outside tomorrow morning and find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million (after taxes). What would you do with the money?
LH: I would take an off term (or two) grab a couple friends and travel around the world. I love traveling and really want to visit South America, Australia and Southeast Asia. So first, I would go on a pretty lavish trip for a couple months. After traveling, I would probably just invest the rest of the money, pay for my siblings' college, and pay off my parents' mortgage.
DS: What would be your best advice to your 15-year-old self?
LH: I would tell myself to take it easier on myself, don't be so judgmental, and be far more open to change. I think when I was younger I was a lot more close-minded about certain things that I am much more open to now, so I would hope I could realize that at an earlier point in my life.
DS: If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why?
LH: If I could go anywhere right now, I would probably choose to go to somewhere in Central America, maybe Costa Rica or Nicaragua. I have traveled a decent amount and one thing I have realized is that I far prefer isolated places. If I could find some hidden beach in one of those places, that's the ideal place I could be right now.