By: Pat Salvas
Throughout the summer, DartmouthSports.com will be focusing on members of the Class of 2021 who are currently in their “Sophomore Summers” presented by Cape Air.
This installment focuses on Anna Luce of the women’s basketball team. A native of Mercer Island, Washington, Luce has appeared in 40 games over her first two seasons with the Big Green.
DartmouthSports.com: What have you been doing during your sophomore summer?
Anna Luce: So far this summer, I have been busy with training for basketball and classes – I am in Biology 13 Genetics and Inheritance, Physics and American Roots Music. I am also in DRIVE, the student-athlete leadership development program that Dartmouth offers. We have done some fun group activities such as a scavenger hunt around campus. I have also been able to enjoy the beautiful summer here in Hanover. My friends and I like to hang out at the river, mini-golf and get ice cream!
DS: What is your favorite place on campus?
AL: My favorite place on campus is the Green, especially on sunny days when I can sit outside with my friends or play games like spike ball. This summer, I have found myself doing my readings out there too. I love the farmers market that comes to the Green every Wednesday as well.
DS: What was it in the recruiting process that sold you on Dartmouth?
AL: When I first came to campus on my official visit, I was so impressed with the people that I met. My coaches introduced me to several professors and advisors involved in the pre-health field, and everyone was eager to get to know me and help me succeed in any way possible. I was also drawn to the collaborative environment that Dartmouth offers. While being at an Ivy League school is very competitive, I quickly noticed how teammates, classmates and professors all work together to accomplish common goals.
DS: If you could play another sport at Dartmouth, what would it be and why?
AL: If I could play another sport at Dartmouth, I would want to play soccer. I grew up playing soccer, but stopped playing once year-round basketball began. I love how competitive and physical it is, and I love team sports.
DS: What has been your best on-field memory thus far in your Dartmouth career?
AL: One of my favorite on-court memories was playing at Colorado my freshman year. We were in Colorado for Emily Dryden ’19’s hometown visit. CU Boulder is a Pac-12 school, so being in that atmosphere and playing in a big arena like that was amazing. We were not favored to win that game, but our team executed well and played together. We ended up winning by a few points and I will never forget the celebration/dance party we had in the locker room afterwards.
DS: How is Hanover different or similar to where you grew up?
AL: Hanover is really similar to where I grew up, which is part of what drew me to Dartmouth. I am from Mercer Island, Washington, a small and tightknit town just outside of Seattle. My mom also grew up on Mercer Island, so there is a big community aspect to me, similar to Hanover. Everyone came out to support our high school team similar to the Hanover community supporting Dartmouth.
DS: What would be your best advice to your 15-year-old self?
AL: If I could give my 15-year-old self some advice, I would tell myself to enjoy the process and have confidence in my abilities. I believe that each person has been given unique skills and circumstances which can be used in powerful ways. I would tell myself to keep dreaming, even if it seems outrageous at the time, because you never know how things will turn out.
DS: If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why?
AL: If I could travel anywhere right now, I would want to go to Europe. I am Norwegian and my grandparents used to live in Norway and Sweden, so I would love to visit those two places if I get the chance.