Position: Attacker
Height: 5-6
Birthdate: Aug. 19, 1984
Birthplace: Commerce, Calif.
Hometown: Commerce, Calif.
Residence: Commerce, Calif.
Education: USC (2008)
Club: Commerce


INTERNATIONAL/CLUB: Logged five goals during 2007 Holiday Cup...Tossed in three goals overall, including two in victory over Cuba, during 2007 Pan American Games...Scored four goals during Super Final, 2007 highlighted by three in victory over China...Contributed four goals in the 2007 FINA World Championships...Selected to Senior National Team after attending open tryouts in May 2006...First Senior National Team appearance at 2006 FINA World League where she helped Team USA secure the gold medal...Contributed four goals in the 2007 FINA World Championships...Member of the Junior National Team from 1999-2000...On team that won the 2000 Junior Pan American Championship in 2000...Won the Junior Olympics with Commerce Club team, 1997-99, and the Junior Nationals in 1996-98...Member of the Youth National Team from 1997-98...Member of the Youth North American Championship First Place team in 1998.

2008 Olympic Games, Beijing, China, 2nd place
2007 Pan American Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1st Place
2007 FINA World League Super Final, Montreal, Canada, 1st Place
2007 FINA World Championships, Melbourne, Australia, 1st Place
2006 Holiday Cup, Los Alamitos, Calif., 1st Place
2006 FINA World League, Cosenza, Italy, 1st Place

COLLEGE: After transferring from Golden West College to USC, made an immediate impact in her first season at USC...Was team's third leading scorer with 40 goals, including 15 multiple goal games...In 2006 scored in a total of 23 games for the Trojans...Named MPSF Player of the Week after the Stanford Tournament...Received All-American honorable mention...Selected as 2003 All-Southern California Co-MVP while at Golden West Community College...Won 2002 State Championship with Golden West...Named California Community College MVP and Community College Southern California MVP in 2002...Scored 40 goals for USC during her first season after transferring (2006); third highest scorer on the 2006 Trojan roster...Named MPSF Player of the Week after the Stanford Tournament...Received All- American honorable mention.

HIGH SCHOOL: Cardenas won four straight CIF Division III championships at Bell Gardens High...A three-time first-team All-American at Bell Gardens...Named CIF Co-MVP as a junior and senior...Team went 117-3 from 1999-2002.

Cardenas is majoring in sociology...Parents are Josefina and Alfredo...Has two older brothers, Jose and Ivan (both played water polo)...Enjoys spending time with her family...Lists Lance Armstrong as her biggest sports hero and her mom as her most admired person...Recalls her most embarrassing water polo moment as scoring a goal on her own cage at age 6...Favorite music is hip-hop and Spanish rock...Plays water polo because it's physical and you don't get all sweaty...Decided to play because her older brothers played...keeps playing because of her teammates, personal goals, family and the game itself.

  • Favorite Food: Cookies
  • Favorite Movie: "300"
  • Favorite Actor: Will Smith
  • Favorite Actress: Halle Berry
  • Favorite Songs: "Wonderwall" by Oasis, "Lose Yourself" by Eminem
  • Personal Theme Song: "Lose Yourself" by Eminem
  • Favorite Musicians: Justin Timberlake, Mana, and Beyonce
  • Favorite Color: Red
  • Facebook or MySpace: Both
  • Coolest Person She Knows: Her mom
  • Best Halloween Costume: Kyle Kopp
  • Magical Power if Available: To see the future five seconds in advance
  • Sport to Play Other Than Water Polo: Softball or basketball
Words to Live By: "The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up." - Paul Valerg