Throughout the summer, DartmouthSports.com will be focusing on members of the Class of 2019 who are currently in their "Sophomore Summers."
The last installment of the summer features Carson Spahr of the Dartmouth men’s squash team. A Milton, Massachusetts, native, Spahr was an eight-match winner during his sophomore season, playing 17 at the No. 2,3 and 4 positions. His win against a competitor from Princeton helped seal the Big Green’s Hoehn Cup.
DartmouthSports.com: What have you been doing during your sophomore summer?
Carson Spahr: I’ve been spending a lot of time outdoors this summer. Hanover is beautiful right now, so whether it’s biking, hiking, swimming in the river or hanging out on the Green, I’ve tried to get outside as much as possible.
DS: What is your favorite place on campus?
CS: Psi Upsilon fraternity
DS: If you could swap places with one teammate, who would it be and why?
CS: Jack Harvey ’18 so I can know what it feels like to be 6’4” for a day
DS: Outside of sports, what are you most passionate about?
CS: I’m very passionate about the outdoors. My dad used to bring me camping and hiking when I was little, which played a big role in my love for nature today. The rural environment here was a large factor in my decision to come to Dartmouth. I’ve also become a bit of a political junkie, so much so that I interned at the State House in Boston this past spring.
DS: Other than your parents, who has had the greatest influence on your life?
CS: I have a friend named Sebastian who I’ve known since kindergarten. He and I have always been very competitive with one another and have pushed each other to be the best student, athlete and person we can possibly be. I give him credit for any motivation I may have to spend the additional hour on an assignment or fight for the extra point on court.
DS: Who would play you in the movie of your life?
CS: Matthew McConaughey
DS: What has been your best on-court memory thus far in your Dartmouth career?
CS: My best memory with the team so far was probably my first college squash match against second-ranked Harvard. We pulled off a big upset at the home courts to start the season, and it was a great introduction to the intense atmosphere our matches tend to have. It was also the first time we beat Harvard in 73 years, so it was awesome to be a part of that history.
DS: How is Hanover different or similar to where you grew up?
CS: I grew up in the middle of Boston, so there are obviously a lot more differences than similarities.
DS: Do you have a nickname on your team? Who gave it to you and why?
CS: Last year’s captains gave me the nickname “The Wolf” for my aggressive style of play and competitiveness.
DS: What would be your best advice to your 15-year-old self?
CS: There are going to be times that you feel overwhelmed with school, sports, and/or social life to a point that you don’t think you can manage it all. It’s how you persevere and push through those difficult moments that make you a stronger person.
DS: If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why?
CS: Probably Alaska. I had the fortune to go once when I was in the sixth grade, but I think I was too young to really appreciate it.