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  Heidi Pettinger

Heidi Pettinger

Player Profile


Corona, Calif.

High School:
Ayala HS





Liberal Studies

2011 Season
Named honorable mention All-Big West Conference ... Voted CSUN's MVP Defensive Player ... Also named Big West All-Academic for a second straight season ... The team's #2 scorer with 62 goals (#2 in the Big West Conference), second-best in the Big West Conference and fifth-best for a single season in school history ... Scored at least one goal in 29 of the team's 37 games ... Scored two or more goals in 18 games including a career-high five goals in the 10-9 victory over Cal State San Bernardino (4/3/11) ... Scored four goals in three games ... Has scored 103 career goals (12 goals in 2009, 29 goals in 2010, 62 goals in 2011), ninth-best in school history ... Tops on the team in field blocks (20), steals (42) and assists (51, #5 for a single season) ... Earlier this year gained Big West Player of the Week for her eleven goals, four assists, two steals, one field block and eleven ejections drawn in wins over UC Davis (14-13, 4/2/11), Pacific (11-9, 4/3/11) and Cal State San Bernardino (10-9, 4/3/11) ... Her 99 career steals and 86 career assists are tenth-best in school history.

2010 Season
During the season was named Big West Player of the Week for her three goals and three steals against Long Beach State (3/27/10) ... Among the team leaders in goals scored with 29 (#19 in the BWC) ... Scored three goals in games against Hartwick (2/6/10), Wagner (3/11/10), and against UCSB (4/24/10) in the semifinals at the Big West Tournament ... Named an Academic All-American by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC)...A Big West All-Academic selection.

2009 Season
Voted CSUN co-Most Improved Player ... Scored 12 goals in 2009 ... Scored a season-high three goals against Sonoma State (3/15/09).

High School
A three-year starter on the water polo team at Ayala High School in Chino Hills, Calif. ... A first team All-CIF and all-league selection during her senior season in 2008 ... Scored 69 goals, collected 37 assists and had 31 steals in 2008 ... Also gained all-league and All-CIF status during her previous three seasons ... Team captain during her junior and senior seasons ... Team MVP in 2008 ... Helped lead her team to the CIF finals all four years of high school ... Ayala captured the CIF title during an undefeated season in 2006 ... In four seasons, her team captured the league title with undefeated records ... A standout competitor on the swim team ... helped lead the swim team to the league title in 2007 ... Also participated in the discus and shot put on the track & field team.

Matador Memo
Born February 3, 1990 ... Parents are Denise and Don Pettinger ... Has one brother (Eric) and one sister (Sara) ... Her favorite pro team is the Miami Dolphins ... Her favorite athlete is former Dolphin and Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino ... Her favorite actor is Denzel Washington ... Likes to watch "How I Met Your Mother" ... Her favorite movie is "Remember The Titans" and "Training Day" ... Loves to dine on filet mingon, Costco pizza, and polish dogs, but stays away from fish ... Her favorite rock group is The Fray, and her favorite solo artist is Taylor Swift ... Her greatest sports moments were winning the Junior Olympics summer championship in 2008, and the CIF title in 2006 ... Her best friends from other schools are Danielle Curran, who plays water polo at San Jose State, and Caitlin Dement, who plays water polo at UCLA ... She says the best thing about being an athlete is "being strong" ... the toughest part is losing ... If she were president of the NCAA, she says she would add a playoff system for Division-I football ... Her favorite website is ... The person in history she would most like to meet is God ... Heidi would most like to be stranded on a desert island with her brother Eric ... She would like to switch places for a day with her brother because "I want to know what it's like to be 6-foot-10" ... She would like to have dinner with Dan Marino and Don Shula (former NFL Hall of Fame coach) ... She says if she had a million dollars, she would save it until she found the perfect thing to buy ... Her advice to young people "study hard, play harder" ... Few people know that Heidi is a certified advanced open water diver ... Years from now, she'll still laugh about the time her dad sat down to fix a chair and ripped his pants ... Her dogs (Mufasa, Sparticus, Piglet) always make her smile ... Her family is her greatest hero ... Liberal Studies major.