|Hometown:||Coto de Caza, Calif.|
|High School:||Santa Margarita|
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
Majoring in sociology
Parents are Scott and Rhoda Peckham
Saves 2009 305 2010 311 Total 616Why 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."
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."