Getting to Know Allie Swartz
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  09/28/2011

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Allie Swartz is one of the unsung heroes of the California Golden Bear field hockey team. The defender doesn't have the splashy stats (one career assist), but has been an integral part of the Cal defense for the last two seasons.

The sophomore from San Diego, Calif. has played in all but one game since her freshman season and has been penned onto the Cal starting lineup card this season. At Scripps Ranch High School, she was named the CIF Division II, All-County and Western League Player of the Year her senior year and played on the Field Hockey Futures California Nationals Tournament team.

The Environmental Sciences major has hobbies that include surfing and scuba diving.

Here are some things you may not know about Allie Swartz:

Place in the world you want to travel: tropical places with good scuba diving

Places in the world you have traveled: Peru, Greece, Guatemala, Belize, Spain, Australia. I went scuba diving in Belize and went on a Mayan ruin and cave exploration in Guatemala.

Weird fact not many people know about you: I really, really like trees

If you were to write a movie, what would it be about? An adventure

Favorite movie from the past year: Despicable Me

Your life's theme song: The Obvious Child - Paul Simon

What would you do first if you were president? Hire a lot of intelligent people

Favorite sports other than field hockey: basketball and rock climbing

Dangerous thing you would do if there were no risks: Climb the tallest trees

Your secret addiction: Reading children's adventure books

Age when you first played field hockey: Freshman year of high school

Your teammates say you are... nerdy, bizarre, and weird

What you love most about Cal: The trees

What you love most about living in the Bay Area: The trees