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College is a lot of work, and adding a sport into the mix can double the challenge—on one’s time, attention, body and brainpower. But how about the two-sport athlete, those rare and dedicated students who go the extra mile to pursue the sports they love? At Dickinson, two such athletes are Hannah Heiring ’20 (quantitative economics) and Oosie Imoro ’21 (international business & management).
What got you into basketball and golf?
I’ve been playing basketball for 16 years and have loved it since my first game. And I first picked up a golf club in elementary school, playing with my dad and brothers at local courses. I’ve been playing competitively for nearly eight years.
What’s been a highlight or two from the court or course?
Beating Muhlenberg in triple overtime in the first home game of my college career was the environment you dream of as a basketball player. On the golf course, the Red Devil All-American Classic in 2017 is one that sticks with me. We edged out Gettysburg by one stroke to win our home tournament.
You’re on the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll. What’s the trick for balancing a vigorous sports lineup with academics?
Being a part of Dickinson athletics has helped my academic performance significantly. I’ve become self-motivated and have developed high standards to which I hold myself. I also have a great support system of teammates, coaches, professors, family and friends.
How do you see your Dickinson education preparing you for the wider world?
I’m leaving Dickinson as a quantitative economics major and a two-sport athlete who has been part of numerous organizations and very involved in the Dickinson community. I have grown as a student, as an athlete and as a person and feel confident that I’m prepared for my next journey after Dickinson.
How long have you been playing both soccer and squash, and what got you into each?
Soccer was a neighborhood sport, and everyone in my family played too. It was something that I grew up with, in a family of soccer fans, and it was the first sport I ever played. With squash, in middle school I ended up getting good at it and played in tournaments. I have a competitive nature—in anything I do—and I just want to win.
What’s been a highlight or two from the court or pitch?
Beating Haverford was one memorable highlight as a soccer player at Dickinson—we needed a win and got a last-minute goal, and it got us into the playoffs. Also going undefeated my freshman year in squash.
What brought you to Dickinson, and do you have a favorite memory from your time here?
When I was looking at schools, Dickinson stood out to me because of how small the community is and the relationships you develop with students and faculty members. The friendships I’ve made—I’ve met so many amazing people here—they’re what will stick.
Outside of sports, how do you see Dickinson preparing you for life out in the wider world?
Dickinson has been preparing me ever since I stepped onto campus. There’s always someone around who’s willing to guide you in the right direction, whether it’s setting you up with an internship or helping you learn responsibility or time-management skills.
Published November 18, 2019