April 6, 2009
BERKELEY - With a father who won a national title in men's water polo at California and competed on the Olympic team, two cousins on the men's water polo team and a sister who was a women's soccer student-athlete at Cal, redshirt junior utility Stephanie Schnugg comes from a family rich in Cal history. But this Schnugg has already set her own course. As a true freshman, she scored 10 goals and had 10 goals in her sophomore campaign, taking a year to redshirt in between. This season, she has already surpassed both of those totals with 19 goals thus far in 2009. CalBears.com took some time to find out more about growing up in the Schnugg family as well as her interest in art, which is her major.
CalBears.com: If you could snap your fingers and appear somewhere else, where would it be?
CalBears.com: Your dad won a national title on the men's water polo team at Cal, your sister Julia played soccer here and your cousins Bryan Schnugg and Charlie Steffens are sophomores on the men's water polo team - did your family history with Cal influence your decision to come here?
CalBears.com: Since your dad played water polo, is that how you got started playing the sport? Did you play other sports growing up?
CalBears.com: You're majoring in art, what's your favorite part about your major and how did you decide on it?
SS: My favorite part about being an art major is that is always challenging but in a way that is almost therapeutic. I love going up to Kroeber Hall and working in studio on a painting or a print and getting my mind off of everything. I learn something new every day and am surrounded by a very talented and creative group of students. I decided on majoring in art after I took a drawing class with one of my favorite professors at Cal, Leo Bersamina. He always took time to work with me, he inspired me to be better and also to be more outgoing with my art. Leo talked me into pursuing art as a major after our last critique my sophomore year.
CalBears.com: What are some hobbies you have outside of your sport?
CalBears.com: What has been your most memorable moment in athletics?
CalBears.com: What is one goal you'd like to accomplish in your lifetime?
CalBears.com: What's one modern convenience without which you could not live?
CalBears.com: In the last women's water polo Q&A, Julie Oreglia wanted the next student-athlete to answer: If your life were a movie, what genre would it be?
CalBears.com: What question would you want the next women's water polo athlete to answer?
For a complete listing of past Q&As with the California women's water polo team, click here or look on the sidebar on the main women's water polo page.