Petri is an American water polo player and a new addition to the Swim
Across America team. She won the silver medal with the US Women's
National Team at the 2000 Summer Olympics and also won a bronze medal at
the 2004 Summer Olympics. At the 2008 China Summer Olympic games, she
and the American Team took home the silver medal.
playing water polo on the boys' team in high school, but helped begin a
girls' water polo program at her high school and was captain for two
years. Recruited by UC Berkeley, she played collegiate water polo from
1997-2001. Petri earned All-America and All-MPSF honors at Cal in 1998
and 1999 and finished her college career with 96 goals. She graduated
from Berkeley in 2002 with a degree in integrative biology.
played for Rari-Nantes, a professional water polo team in Florence,
Italy for the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 season, and is currently a member
of the US Senior Women's Team. In March 2007, Heather competed in the
2007 World Aquatics Championships, representing the United States. After
a series of victories, the United States won the gold medal, becoming
world champions. Heather also won a gold medal in the 2003 World Aquatic
Championships in Barcelona, Spain. She is now a two time World
At the 2008 China Summer Olympic games, she and the
American team lost 8-9 in the Championship game to the Netherlands and
took home the silver medal.
Heather will be taking part in the 2012 Olympic games this summer and joining us in our San Francisco Bay Swim upon her return. Good luck Heather!