Editor's Note: A school record-holder in swimming and a CIF champion in water polo, Annika Dries graduated from Laguna Beach High School in 2009 as one of the finest athletes in school history. After leading Stanford University to a national title in 2011, she took a sabbatical from her studies in hopes of earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic women's water polo team. In May, the 20-year-old's lifelong dream came true, as she was one of 13 athletes named to the squad that begins play Monday. Below is a first-person account from Dries as she prepares for the Summer Olympics in London.
Making the Olympic team in May was a dream come true. I had worked hard and proved I was competitive with the best of the best. But now the real fun is here.
I have the opportunity to play for the United States with my team at the Olympics! We are ready to face the world here in London.