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 Henry Senkfor of the Dartmouth men's swim team.
When you have free time outside of your sport, what do you enjoying doing?
When I’m not in the pool, I love going on hikes, hanging out and swimming in the river, and just being with friends.
What was the deciding factor that made you realize that Dartmouth was the school for you?
When I was on my recruiting trip, it was an incredibly nice weekend in the fall. On the second day of my trip, I remember standing on the Green with a few of the other recruits and just thinking to myself that this is where I wanted to come. I loved the campus, loved the kids and coaches on the team, and couldn’t have made a better choice.
What has this sport taught you about yourself over the past two years?
Two things. First, it has taught me how to maintain balance in my life. Between a full course load and morning and afternoon practices, people often get so wrapped up in studying and athletics that they forget where they’re at. Being a student-athlete is of course important, but without teammates and friends outside of the team that you can rely on and trust, you become imbalanced. We are at one of the best schools in the country, and I have made great friendships and met so many interesting people at this school. Without a sense of balance, though, I don’t know if this could have been the case.
One other thing it has taught me is that no matter what comes at me or my teammates, there is always a way to get around it. From something as small as a hard set in a practice to the loss of a teammate and friend, there is always a way through. This is especially where the balance in life comes in, since teammates and friends are the ones who help you get through these tough moments in life.
If you could eat one food every day for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Bacon cheeseburger medium rare. There’s nothing better than a juicy burger.
What are your goals/what are you most looking forward to next season?
Personally, I want to get best times in all of my events next year, as is usually the case in swimming. I’ve been pretty lucky to be able to achieve personal bests each of the last two years, so I’m hoping I can do it again. I’m looking forward to just reconnecting with the ’17s and ’19s that I haven’t seen since winter term (since I was off in the spring) and meeting the incoming ’20s and welcoming them into our team.
What are three words that your teammates would use to describe you?
Determined, confident, and resourceful.
What are your plans this summer?
This summer, I am going to swim and work out quite a bit, but outside of that, I will be doing research for the economics department. Additionally, I plan on going down to the river and canoeing or swimming many times since it’s hard to do that when it’s not the summer due to the weather.
Who would play you in the movie version of your life?
Steven Yeun – Glenn from the Walking Dead. Not only is he part Korean like I am, he is also part of one of my favorite TV shows, so it seems like the perfect choice.
If you could go back and give freshman-you advice, what would it be?
Try to get involved with more things outside of swimming. I let my world get a little small freshman year since I swam and wasn’t too involved with anything else. Getting more involved on campus would’ve been a great way to meet even more incredible people.