Throughout the summer, DartmouthSports.com will be focusing on members of the Class of 2018 who are currently in their "Sophomore Summers."
This installment features Austin Heye of the Dartmouth heavyweight rowing team. He rowed in the varsity 8 for the entirety of the season, helping his boat finish second in the third final at the IRA National Regatta. He was named to the IRA All-Academic Team at the conclusion of the 2015-16 campaign.
How long have you been rowing?
I started rowing in 10th grade because I was no longer interested in playing soccer so I thought I’d give something else a try. I’ve rowed year-round ever since.
When you have free time outside of rowing and your classes, what do you enjoy doing?
In my free time I like to bike, paint and swim with friends.
What is one food that you absolutely cannot live without?
I can’t live without Mangoes. They are a magical fruit: juicy and delicious.
What was the deciding factor that made you realize that Dartmouth was the school for you?
I attended one of Professor Michael Chaney’s English classes, in which he opened up a class discussion with a talk about Dartmouth and the wilderness. He’s an incredible thinker, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be taught by someone like that.
What has this sport taught you over the past two years?
This sport has taught me about commitment, to both challenges and to the people around me. I live and die for the boys I row with, and my life would be unsatisfying without the goals rowing has put in place, which I strive to reach everyday.
If you could take only three items with you to a deserted island, what would they be and why?
I would take three mangoes. I love mangoes.
What are your goals/what are you most looking forward to next season?
The team is on a huge upswing with Wyatt, Al and Stu at the helm. I’m most looking forward to grinding it out with the boys and beating crews that don’t consider us a threat.
What do you want to be when you “grow up?”
I don’t want to grow up. But I hope to do things every day that scare me and help as many people as possible to find their way and do the same.
What are three words that your teammates would use to describe you?
For the boys.
Who would play you in the movie version of your life?
A young Leo. Great guy, great hair.
If you could go back and give freshman-you advice, what would you say?
Eat more, worry less.