UNC Swimming & Diving Bio
 Stephanie Peacock

Career Best Times:  50.73 in 100-yard freestyle;  1:45.11 in 200-yard freestyle;  4:35.06 in 500-yard freestyle;  9:28.92 in 1000-yard freestyle;  15:37.06 in 1650-yard freestyle.

Long Course Highlights:  Named to 2012 U.S. Swimming National Team...will swim next summer in 2013 World University Games in Russia, her second selection to the WUG...had three Top 12 finishes at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials - sixth in the 800-meter free finals (8:30.97), seventh in 800-meter free semifinals (8:34.78) and 12th in 400-meter free semifinals (4:11.08)...at the 2012 US Open, she won the 400-meter freestyle in a school record time of 4:09.31 and also captured the 800-meter freestyle in a school record clocking of 8:24.36...won the bronze medal in the 400-meter freestyle at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China...had a time of 4:10.25 in the event...that broke her own school long course record in the event set the previous year...at the 2010 summer U.S. Swimming Nationals, she finished seventh in the 400-meter freestyle...in the prelims of that event she swam a time of 4:10.33, setting a new school long course record...member of 2007 & 2008 U.S. National Junior Teams...2008 Olympic Trials qualifier in the 200 IM, 200 free and 400 free...four-time U.S. Nationals qualifier.

2012-13:  Set NCAA records in the 1000-yard freestyle and the 1650-yard freestyle at the Ohio State Invitational in December 2012...she went 9:28.92 to set the new NCAA mark in the 1000 free and 15:37.06 in the 1650 free to establish a new NCAA standard.

2011-12:  Was absolutely phenomenal as a sophomore...first-team All-America in both 500 and 1650 freestyles...NCAA champion in 1650-yard freestyle, UNC's first national champion since Jessi Perruquet won the 200-yard freestyle in 2003...she won the event in a time of 15:38.79, touching out the three-time returning NCAA champion in the event...her winning time broke the NCAA record of legendary Olympian Janet Evans that had stood for 22 years and added to her treasure trove of school and ACC marks as well...was the third-place finisher in the 500-yard freestyle at the NCAA Championships in 4:35.62 (ACC record time of 4:35.06 in preliminaries)...member of 800 freestyle relay team which seized 14th place at NCAAs...named the 2011-12 National Breakout Swimmer of the Year...was the first Tar Heel to be named the ACC Swimmer of the Year since Perruquet in 2003 and the first UNC woman to win the ACC Championships MVP Award since Chrissy Miller in 1998...claimed All-ACC status for the second straight year...won three ACC individual championships, taking the 500-yard freestyle in a meet record time of 4:36.48, the 200-yard freestyle in a career best 1:45.11 and the 1650-yard freestyle in a meet and ACC record time of 15:46.12...swam on a pair of relays which medaled at ACCs...led the 800 free relay to a runner-up finish (7:06.91) and the 400 free relay to a third-place standing...a dominant presence for the Tar Heels during the dual meet season...won four events against Virginia Tech, three events against Maryland and two events each against ECU, Georgia Tech and Virginia and single events against Clemson, Duke and NC State...had a tremendous Nike Cup meet...notched four first-place finishes at the meet...won the 500 free (4:35.73, a Nike Cup record) and the 200 free (1:45.37, a Nike Cup record)...also swam on a pair of victorious relays (800 free relay and 400 free relay)...she led the 400 medley relay to a runner-up finish and individually placed fourth in the 100 free (50.73) and seventh in the 200 back (1:59.79)...named the ACC Women's Swimming Performer of the Week on October 25, 2012 and also won the same award on November 22, 2012...featured guest on the Morning Swim Show on Swimming World's website on December 6, 2011...named TarHeeBlue.com's Performer of the Week after her performances at the ACC Championships and NCAA Championships...at the 2012 team banquet she won the Richard E. Jamerson Awards as both the most valuable and most outstanding swimmers on the Carolina team (two separate awards)...named a 2011-12 College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America...copped mention on spring 2012 Dean's List...2011-12 ACC Honor Roll selection.

2010-11:  Had a spectacular freshman year at Carolina, setting ACC and ACC meet records in the 500-yard freestyle and earning honorable mention All-America honors...also swam on a UNC 800 free relay team which set a new school record...named the ACC Freshman of the Year...All-ACC honoree...won the ACC title in the 500-yard freestyle in an ACC record time of 4:36.86...scored in three other events at the 2011 ACC Championships...she finished third in the 200 freestyle in 1:46.35 and she was 11th in the 200 butterfly in 2:00.75...swam a leg on UNC's 800 free relay which notched runner-up status...was named an honorable mention All-America after taking 15th in the 500-yard freestyle at the NCAA Championships...named the ACC Women's Swimmer of the Week on two occasions - November 2, 2010 and November 23, 2010...was a three-event winner in her first collegiate dual meet against East Carolina...also won two events each in dual meets against Minnesota and Maryland...claimed Nike Cup individual titles in the 200 and 500 freestyles...she won the 500 in an ACC record 4:38.54, also setting the Nike Cup and Koury Natatorium pool records in the process.

Prep: One of the country's most sought after recruits from the Class of 2010...ranked No. 1 in the country in the 500-yard freestyle nationally in the high school ranks her senior year...graduated from Bishop Verot High School in Ft. Myers, Fla., on May 22, 2010...competed in club swimming for eight years for Swim Florida...primarily swam the 200 and 500 freestyles, 200 and 400 IMs and 200 fly...was coached in high school by Jim Quinn and in club swimming by Mac Kennedy...four-year high school letter winner...won three state high school championships, winning the 500 free as a sophomore and the 200 and 500 freestyles as a senior...holds nine school records including on all three relay teams...team MVP sophomore through senior years...team captain as a senior...10-time high school All-America selection...twice named to Florida All-State Team...two-time News Press Swimmer of the Year...led Bishop Verot to four district and three regional team championships...holds Florida Junior Olympic record in the 500-yard free.

Personal: Full name is Stephanie Nicole Peacock...the daughter of Andrew and Coralia Peacock...her mother is a native of El Salvador...was born on July 8, 1992 in Miami, Fla. ...has a younger brother who is also a swimmer...stands 5-9 tall...exercise and sports science major...lists baking as one of her main hobbies.

20 Questions With Junior Stephanie Peacock

Section #1: Swimming & Diving

1. The best thing about being a Tar Heel swimmer is having such an amazing team.

2. My favorite thing about competing for Coach DeSelm is he's a good listener.

3. Since last year the aspect of my training I've worked on the most is my speed.

4. My best friend on another college swimming team is Amy Modglin on Penn State.

5. My greatest strength as a swimmer is my endurance.

Section #2: Hobbies & Interests

1. Away from the pool and academic pursuits I like to spend time baking!

2. The best movie I've seen recently is Madagascar 3.

3. If I could compete in another sport at UNC it would be tennis.

4. The music act I'd most like to see in person is Katy Perry.

5. The personal interest I have that might surprise my teammates is that I am obsessed with cats.

Section #3: Food & Beverage

1. After a big meet, I'd like to eat at a buffet spread that included anything from McDonalds.

2. My favorite beverage is lemonade.

3. My favorite food made by a relative is chicken parm.

4. My favorite place to eat in Chapel Hill is Artisan Pizza Kitchen.

5. My favorite guilty pleasure food wise is any kind of ice cream.

Section #4: Personality

1. If I possessed the gift of time travel I'd like to go to the swing dance era!

2. My most prized personal possession is my Irish ring.

3. If I could go to dinner with a famous person it would be Ryan Reynolds.

4. My dream job is to own a bakery.

5. The most interesting person I've met at UNC is Dan O'Connor.


Position: Distance Freestyle
Height: 5'9"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Cape Coral, Fla.
High School: Bishop Verot
Club: Swim Florida
Club Coach: Robert Kennedy
Major: Exercise & Sports Science
Experience: 3 Letters
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