Written by Lauren Matheson '13, Sports Assistant
After an all-star performance in the pool Julia Peters (JP) made the 2013 All-WWPA First Team in just her first season playing water polo for the Broncos.
The promising 2M from San Jose is no doubt an offensive threat for the Broncos with the stats and accolades to prove it. The journey to her successful 2013 season was not an easy one after redshirting in 2012 due to injuries. Santa Clara Broncos (SCB) checked in with Peters to talk about her experience and see what she has been up to over the summer break.
SCB: How was it finally being able to play your first full season as a Bronco?
JP: I cannot describe the feeling of playing in my first game after being out for so long. Finishing a season healthy was one of the best feelings in the world. I knew I loved the sport so much, but to be competing again was amazing.
SCB: What was your favorite memory from the 2013 season?
JP: My favorite memory is our championship tournament at the end of the season. We played so well together as a team and gave it our all. We ended up finishing third in our conference after finishing seventh the previous season. Another favorite memory was when my coach told me I got All-American recognition, which was unbelievable.
SCB: What have you been up to over the summer break?
JP: Shortly after our season ended, I got invited to tryout for the USA Junior National Team. I trained a lot for that and practiced with our men's team up until the tryouts. I ended up not making it, but it was an incredible experience and satisfying to know that I am considered a top player even after so many injuries.
After those tryouts, I decided to give myself a break from contact sports and swam with a competitive swim team to stay in shape. Besides that, I've been coaching a swim team and life guarding at the pool. Needless to say, the pool is where I am happiest.
SCB: What are you most looking forward to next year at SCU?
JP: I am really excited to take upper division classes that are more specific for my major and to continue living the SCU experience. I am also eager to meet all of the new incoming freshmen on our team!
SCB: You lead the team in goals (50), attempts (144) and steals (46) and made the 2013 WWPA All-Conference First Team. What sort of individual goals have you set for next season?
JP: My only goal for next season is to remain healthy. I know if I remain healthy, I can bring a lot to our team and to continue to get better. I am going to do everything possible to make sure I do not get injured again!
SCB: What do you like most about being an SCU student-athlete?
JP: The thing I love most about being an SCU student-athlete is the sense of community amongst the student-athletes and athletic faculty. I know that if I need advice or some inspiration, there are other coaches and athletes who are willing to help. My grandfather, Frank Fiscalini, was also an SCU student-athlete and I love being able to meet alums that have such incredible stories from back when they played sports at SCU.