Former Laguna Beach High water polo player Annika Dries was part of the USA Women's Senior National Team that won the gold medal Saturday at the FINA World League Super Final in La Jolla.
Team USA defeated Australia, 12-11, in the second shootout between the teams in the tournament, to win the gold. Dries, who now plays for Stanford, scored a goal in a 9-7 win July 2 over Greece that advanced Team USA to the Super Final. She also scored a first-quarter goal when Team USA opened the tournament June 29 with an 11-9 win over the Greeks and posted two goals in a 12-9 win July 1 over Russia.
Dries is one of two centers on the Team USA Women's Senior National Team, along with Kami Craig of Santa Barbara.
"It was very exciting," Dries said of the tournament. "We faced teams that had different styles of play and I got a lot of great game experience that will only help me in the future."