Annika Dries is doing what she loves best.
She's going at a hectic pace, but the former Laguna Beach High athlete will tell you she wouldn't want it any other way.
Six days a week, Dries' world revolves around women's water polo, a sport she began playing with Laguna Beach Water Polo Club and continued at Laguna Beach High, where she earned all-league and All-CIF honors. Now, she's playing at Stanford University and again this summer is on the USA Water Polo Women's Senior National team.
Earlier this month, Dries, a center, scored five goals in six games, as Team USA won the FINA World League Super Final Tournament July 3 in La Jolla.
Team USA defeated Australia in a shootout in the tournament final.
"It was very exciting," the 18-year-old, who joined the National team in 2009, 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."