Jan. 19, 2012
BERKELEY - Freshman Breana Kostreba is one of three freshmen who were named to the prestigious 2011 All-California Team, and CalBears.com relished the opportunity to chat with the Aptos, Calif., native. An exceptional prepster at Aptos High School, she was named 2008 MVP of the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League and to multiple Cal-Hi Sports teams as a sophomore and a junior. As a senior, was named a MaxPreps Second-Team All-American and ESPN RISE All-American, SCCAL Softball MVP of the Year and to the All-League First-Team. As the starting third baseman on nationally ranked Sorcerer 18 Gold, Kostreba's club team was the 2009 ASA 18 Gold National Champion. Further rounding out her resume, she was also involved in the award-winning Aptos High School Robotic Club.
CalBears.com: What made you choose Cal?
Breana Kostreba: I chose Cal because of the academics and the great coaching staff.
CalBears.com: What is one thing you can't live without?
BK: I can't live without a foam roller.
CalBears.com: What are your hobbies outside of softball?
BK: My hobbies outside of softball are skiing, kayaking and mountain biking.
CalBears.com: When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
BK: I wanted to work for the CIA when I was little.
CalBears.com: Do you have any unique stories about yourself that set you apart from your teammates?
BK: I won an international underwater robotics competition.
CalBears.com: Who is your biggest hero?
BK: Keith Berg.
CalBears.com: What's your favorite part about Berkeley and/or the Cal campus?
BK: My favorite part of the Berkeley campus is its diversity and culture.
CalBears.com: What is your biggest pet peeve?
BK: Rude people are my biggest pet peeve.
CalBears.com: What is the best thing about being a part of Cal softball?
CalBears.com: What is the best piece of advice you've ever received? What's the worst?
BK: The best piece of advice I received was to stop pitching. The worst piece of advice I received was that I should be a cheerleader.
CalBears.com: Did you grow up watching Cal athletics? What has it been like to represent them?
BK: Yes, I did grow up watching Cal athletics, and it is an honor to wear the blue and gold now.
CalBears.com: What characteristic in people do you most admire?
BK: I admire people who are organized, humble and altruistic.
CalBears.com: What has been your favorite part of college life so far?
BK: My favorite part of college life so far has been independence and freedom to make my own choices.
CalBears.com: Now that you've completed your first semester of college, what advice do you wish someone had told you about college or would you give to incoming student-athletes?
BK: Make sure to check with your counselors on which classes you should be taking, and know when to drop a class. Know what workload you are capable of handling.
CalBears.com: What are you planning on or thinking of majoring in?
BK: I am an undeclared engineer, but I am planning on declaring as a mechanical engineer.
CalBears.com: What has been the hardest, most surprising aspect about transitioning from high school to college?
BK: Learning how to efficiently interact with and use your GSI (Graduate Student Instructors) has been the hardest and most surprising aspect about transiting from high school to college.
CalBears.com: What class did you most enjoy this fall?
BK: I enjoyed chemistry lecture because of the entertaining and informative experiments.
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