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August 18, 2020

Water Polo | University of Michigan Women’s Water Polo Player (2017-2021), Gives Recruiting Advice

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Heidi Ritner is an upcoming COVID 5th year on the University of Michigan Women’s Water Polo team. She is a goalkeeper and has played for the team the past four years, preparing to get her final season back after COVID-19 cut it short. Her freshman year, she received the Rookie of the Year award from the University of Michigan Athletic Department, which is given to one male and one female athlete every year. She has played in a total of 122 games throughout her career, starting in all 122 of them, and breaking and setting the record this past season for the most winningest goalie with a total of 88 career wins. She was a team captain during her senior year and was awarded ACWPC All-American 2020 Honorable Mention. She recorded a career-high of 18 saves her 2017 season in a game against Harvard, and a personal best of 5 steals in a game last achieved her 2020 season in a game against UCSB. She is excited to be able to come back for one more unexpected year playing for the Wolverines.

Career Highs

Minutes: 39:39, vs. Princeton (4/8/18)

Saves: 18, vs. Harvard (4/29/17) 

Goals Allowed: 2 (3x), last vs. Harvard (4/13/19)

Steals: 5 (5x), last at UCSB (1/19/20)

Assists: 3 (2x), last vs. Brown (4/6/19) 

At Michigan

• Graduated in 2020 with a degree in sport management and a minor in business administration and history of art

• Team 20 captain

• ACWPC All-American (2020 – honorable mention)

• Two-time CWPA All-Conference (1st team – 2019, 2nd team – 2017)

• Two-time CWPA Championship All-Tournament Team (1st team – 2019, 2nd team –  2017)

• 13-time CWPA Defensive Player of the Week

• Five-time CWPA Rookie of the Week

• Three team CWPA Championships and three NCAA appearances

• Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2020)

• U-M Rookie of the Year (2017)

• Team 17 Rookie of the Year

• Three-time Academic All-Big Ten (2018-20)

• Three-time ACWPC All-Academic Team

• Two-time CWPA Scholar Athlete

• Four-time U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award (2017-20)

• Finished her career with an 88-33 overall record with 861 saves in 3,444:57 minutes, a .532 save percentage and a 7.00 goals against average

• Ranked among Michigan’s top goalkeepers in career wins (1st, 88), career saves (2nd, 861), career saves per game (2nd, 7.06) and career save percentage (5th, .532)   

• Set the single-season record with 30 wins in 2018 and also broke the U-M freshman wins records with 27 in 2017

Resource: mgoblue.com 

Stats from: mgoblue.com

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