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#1 Stephanie Peckham
Position: Goalie
Height: 5'11"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Coto de Caza, Calif.
High School: Santa Margarita
Experience: 2 Letters

Cal Success:
• Earned honorable mention All-America honors in 2009 and 2010
• Notched 311 saves in 2010, setting a Cal single-season save record
• Had 26 saves during the 2010 NCAA Tournament and 23 saves during the 2010 MPSF Tournament
• Was twice named 2009 MPSF Co-Player of the Week (Feb. 2, March 23)
• In 2009 earned excellent academic All-American team honors and has twice been named MPSF All-Academic
• Has 616 career saves, third on the school's all-time career save list
• One of the Bears' 2011 team captains along with Emily Csikos

National/High School Success:
• Won the Under-20 Championship with SET Club team in 2008
• Was named MVP and led her club team to the 2008 Senior National tournament title
• Holds Santa Margarita High School's career save record with 1,015 saves
• Named 2006 and 2007 Serra League Co-MVP

Personal
• Majoring in sociology
• Parents are Scott and Rhoda Peckham

Saves
2009	305
2010    311
Total   616
Why I Chose Cal
"It offers so much. I love the team and the amazing school spirit. I knew I could really excel here in both the classroom and the pool."

Q&A With Peckham posted Feb. 2, 2009

CalBears.com: How does playing at the college level compare to playing in high school and at the club level?
SP:
"Playing at the college level is a lot different from high school. The game is so faster and more intense. Every team is very talented, so the competition during season is high. As a goalie, you have to really focus on the ball and do your best to keep the ball out of the goal."

CalBears.com: During the off-season, how do you spend your free time?
SP:
"In the off-season, I spend a lot of time with my friends and family. I love just hanging out, listening to music, and watching TV. I'm also a huge hockey fan. My family and I go to Anaheim Ducks games all the time, which is so much fun. Other than that, I love playing water polo any chance I get!"

CalBears.com: If you could be anyone else for a day, who would you be and why?
SP:
"If I could be anyone else for one day, I would want to be Jerry Bruckheimer. I think it would be awesome to be one of the most brilliant producers in both television and film today."

CalBears.com: What are the most played songs on your iPod?
SP:
"`Thunderstruck' by AC/DC, `Sweet Child O' Mine' by Guns N' Roses, and `Crystal Baller' by Third Eye Blind play a lot on my iPod. I can't go anywhere without my iPod, so these songs are played over and over again!"

CalBears.com: Do you prefer Northern or Southern California and why?
SP:
"Although I enjoy going to school in Northern California, "SoCal" will always be my home. I'm from Orange County, so I love the sun, the beach, and the laid-back feel of Southern California."

CalBears.com: When did you become interested in water polo?
SP:
"When I was younger, I was really involved in both soccer and swimming. My older sister started playing water polo in high school, so I decided to give it a try too - I always had to do everything she did. I liked how it was a combination of basketball, soccer, and hockey, but all in the water. I started playing in eighth grade and I've been in love with it ever since."

CalBears.com: How do you go about balancing athletics and academics?
SP:
"Since I swam and played water polo in high school, I am used to the balancing act of playing a sport and going to school. It really is all about time management. By staying organized and prioritizing, it is relatively simple to get everything done."

CalBears.com: What were your initial impressions of Berkeley?
SP:
"When I first visited Berkeley, I experienced a major culture shock. But after about 10 minutes, I knew that it was where I belonged. I love everything about Berkeley. The academic prestige, school spirit, beautiful campus, and my incredible team made it such an easy decision for me to come here."

CalBears.com:In the last women's water polo Q&A, Erika Hanson wanted the next women's water polo student-athlete to answer, what makes Cal so special?
SP:
"Cal is such a special place. It offers great academics, top notch athletics, and a supportive atmosphere to help you mature. Everyone here is so friendly and it is such a great feeling going back home and hearing someone yell "Go Bears!" when I'm wearing a Cal t-shirt. The amount of school spirit here and across the nation makes it truly one of the most unique and amazing universities in the world."

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