Dutchman of the Week: Samuel Hoyt ’18

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Courtesy of Union Athletics
Courtesy of Union Athletics

Hometown: Glastonbury, CT
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Sport: Men’s Diving

Q: Can you briefly explain your experience diving before coming to Union?

A: I had a handful of lessons when I was 6 years old and then started diving in eighth grade to prepare for the high school team. My mom is my high school’s swim coach and told me I would be cut from the team as a swimmer but that we needed divers. So, I chose to dive. I was a varsity starter all four years of high school and an All-American my junior and senior years.

 

Q: Do you think being on the swimming and diving team has better prepared you for the future? Why or why not?

A: Being on the swimming and diving team has definitely better prepared me for the future. It has taught me to be patient with myself and others, to face my fears, to keep cool under pressure and, most importantly, that hard work pays off.

 

Q: In your opinion, is diving more of an individual sport or a team sport?

A: Diving is absolutely a team sport in my opinion. My team is the reason I push myself every day. The better I get, the better my team gets. Then we all do better as a whole. I can’t let my team down. I learned that in high school.

 

Q: What kinds of things run through your head while you are diving?

A: I only focus on the dive I’m performing. Everything else is out of my head.

 

Q: Do you have any goals set for the remainder of this season, whether they be personal or team-oriented?

A: I want to go to Nationals with as many of my teammates as possible and have all of us perform to the best of our ability. Personally, I want to win both boards.

 

Q: What are some of your favorite things about Union?

A: Some of my favorite things about Union are the close relationships that one can develop with their professors and the small community that comes hand-in-hand with a small school. I also enjoy all of the campus events and opportunities that are available to me.

 

Q: Balancing a varsity sport and a full academic course load is tough. What advice do you have for other students, both athletes, and non-athletes, in regards to better managing their time?

A: Prioritizing one’s activities is of utmost importance. It’s important to know when it is appropriate to go out and when to should stay in and do homework on a Friday night.

 

Q: What is your favorite thing to eat on campus?

A: My favorite things to eat on campus are the wraps from Reamer and the late-night food at Rathskeller.

 

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in the Schenectady area and why?

A: Luca’s is by far my favorite restaurant around campus. I love their wings and calzones. Also, I enjoy the establishment’s proximity to campus.

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