Kai Peters '89
Kai Peters '89
WATER POLO / SWIMMING
Along with his friend Andy Bozzo, Kai Peters was a key component in rewriting the record books at RLS in both water polo and swimming. They easily formed the strongest one-two punch in both sports during their storied careers in the forest. Beginning in his freshman year, Kai set the school record in the 100 Breast (which only stood for five minutes before Andy Bozzo broke it!) and was a CCS qualifier. During his sophomore year he was All MTAL in water polo and set records in the pool earning co-MVP and co-Captain honors. He competed in a swim meet in China that year and won the 200 Breast event. As a junior more records and honors followed suit in both sports with All MTAL and co-Captain awards.
Kai’s senior year capped a marvelous high school career by leading the water polo team in scoring along with co-Captain, co-MVP, and All MTAL recognition. His water polo team was the first to make the CCS playoffs in the sport. In swimming, he set numerous event records including being a part of the 200 Medley Relay team which still holds the record today. Again, All MTAL honors followed and he competed in the CCS finals in both the 200 IM and the 200 Medley Relay. He earned All American status in swimming, was the class salutatorian, and won the Headmaster’s Award.
Swimming for UCSB for four years, Kai was a conference finalist numerous times in multiple events, won the Scholar Athlete Award, was part of Big West Conference championship teams 1989-93 and played on the water polo teams his freshman and senior years. A career lawyer, Kai coached at RLS from 1994-99.
I made some of the best friends of my life as an athlete at Stevenson. All of the practices, diving in the pool at 5:00 a.m., getting back from away games after 10:00 p.m., chlorine eyes, nicknames, plays, swims, laughs, good shots, bad shots, goals, blocks, steals, losses, tapering, shave-downs, broken noses, heartaches, desire to be as good as the other guy, desire to better than the other guy, wins, records, victories, and “white moments” all form the solid bedrock of lifelong friendships from being an athlete at Stevenson and brought me so much closer to my brother who was a senior when I was a freshman.
Being an athlete at Stevenson also taught me to be a leader, a follower, and a member of a team. Athletics was so valuable to develop us as young people into responsible and competitive adults with a sense of sportsmanship and an appreciation of the value of hard work and to appreciate the importance of trying to pass that along to teammates, younger kids as a coach, and to my kids as a father. It also taught me the value of being both best of friends and staunchest of competitors with teammates.
Being inducted into the Hall of Fame is flattering, rewarding, fun, and energizing. More than anything, though, it brings me again closer to a school that has meant so much to me and given me and my family so much in my life already.