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By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com | July 16, 2010
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.
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By Annika Dries | July 26, 2012
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.
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April 29, 2005
In weekend round-robin competition, the Laguna Beach Water Polo Club's girls' eighth-grade-and-under team posted victories over Corona del Mar and Los Alamitos, before losing to Newport Beach. Laguna defeated Corona del Mar, 7-5, took care of Los Alamitos, 9-4, but fell, 6-5, to Newport Beach. Laguna Beach 7, Corona del Mar 5 Dylan Conroy posted three goals and Hanna Fait scored twice to lead Laguna in scoring. Single goals were scored by Annika Dries and Kacky Brown.
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June 5, 2009
Annika Dries has already proven herself in water polo on the high school stage. Now, she?s doing it on the international stage. The Laguna Beach High senior played with the U.S. women?s senior national team Sunday, in a FINA World League preliminary match against Canada at Corona del Mar High. Dries, 17, is the youngest player on the team. She scored the final goal of the first quarter, helping the U.S. to a 4-0 lead in what would become a 10-5 win. She is next traveling with the team to Russia for the FINA Super Final, which begins Tuesday with Team USA taking on Italy.
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July 1, 2010
Dries part of National Team Former Laguna Beach High water polo player Annika Dries is part of the 15-member USA Women's Senior National Team that is competing at the FINA World League Super Final in La Jolla. The Super Final began Monday, continues today and concludes Saturday at the Coggan Family Aquatic Complex. Some of the top international talent is competing in La Jolla including teams from Australia, Canada, China, Russia, Hungary, the Netherlands and Greece. Team USA is coached by former UCLA head coach Adam Krikorian.
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March 17, 2006
Four members of the Laguna Beach High girls' water polo team have been named to the 2006 All-CIF-Southern Section Division II team. Juniors Jessica McKee and Breanna Duplisea each were named first-team All-CIF, while teammates Erin Reid was named second-team and Annika Dries was named third-team. McKee was named to the first-team for the second consecutive year, and Dries was the only freshman named All-CIF in Division II, Laguna coach Rick McKee said. In addition, Jessica McKee and Duplisea each made the All-Pacific Coast League team for the third consecutive year, and Reid for a second straight year.
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By Mike Sciacca | February 20, 2009
The Laguna Beach High girls? water polo team has reached the final leg of its season. The Breakers? goal is simple: win a CIF Southern Section championship. Laguna began Division II postseason play Thursday at home against wild-card game winner Thousand Oaks. The score, however, wasn?t available at press time. A win over Thousand Oaks would advance top-seeded Laguna to a second-round game Saturday against the winner of the Thursday first-round match between Canyon of Anaheim (Century No. 1)
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By Mike Sciacca | December 12, 2008
Finally, the Laguna Beach High girls? water polo team had Foothill?s number. A year after dropping a season-opening overtime game to the Knights, and nearly two years removed from dropping a close game in the finals of the CIF Masters tournament, the Breakers opened up their 2008-09 campaign Tuesday by posting a 9-5 victory at Beckman High. An impressive start propelled Laguna into a commanding lead over Foothill. The Breakers opened up a 4-0 lead and maintained the four-goal cushion (5-1)
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May 20, 2005
The girls' 14-and-under and 12-and-under teams from Laguna Beach Water Polo both have qualified for this summer's Junior Olympics. Both teams earned berths in the tournament, which will be held in San Jose the weekend of Aug. 5-7. Laguna's 14-and-under team opened weekend play with a 7-3 victory over the So Cal "A" team. Goals by Dylan Conroy and Hannah Fait and two by Annika Dries allowed Laguna to open up a 4-1 halftime lead. Lexy Ross and Madison Duncan added third-period goals, and Conroy closed out the Laguna scoring with her second goal, which she posted in the fourth quarter.
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May 23, 2013
USA Water Polo Women's Senior National Team Head Coach Adam Krikorian announced Wednesday the roster for the 2013 FINA World League Super Final. The 15 athletes include Annika Dries of Laguna Beach. Dries is among eight returners from the U.S. team that won gold at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. The team will travel to Beijing, China to compete in the FINA World League Super Final which runs June 1-6. Team USA has won the gold medal at the previous four FINA World League Super Finals.
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August 29, 2012
Join the city of Laguna Beach this weekend in welcoming back local Annika Dries, who helped the U.S. women's water polo team win a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. The community event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Community Pool, 670 Park Ave. Admission is free, and residents should bring a bathing suit and towel. Mayor Jane Egly will be on hand to give Dries a proclamation from the City Council in honor of her achievements. Dries is a former standout of the Laguna Beach High School water polo team.
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By Mike Sciacca | August 9, 2012
The will to win carried the U.S. Olympic women's water polo team to a big victory Tuesday. And to an even bigger one Thursday . For the first time in its history, the U.S. women have captured Olympic gold in water polo. The team accomplished the feat by dominating, then holding off, Spain, 8-5, in the tournament final Thursday at Water Polo Arena in London. On Aug. 1, the teams had played to a 9-9 tie during preliminary round competition. Thursday's final, however, wasn't close.
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By Mike Sciacca | August 2, 2012
Annika Dries recorded a first Wednesday, and it's a feat she won't forget. The Laguna Beach athlete scored her first goal in Olympic competition as the U.S. women's water polo team played Spain to a 9-9 tie. Team USA had held a 9-6 lead late in the fourth quarter. The outcome left both teams 1-0-1 and tied for first place in the Group A pool standings. Team USA concludes preliminary play Friday against China. The match will be shown on tape delay at 1:40 p.m. (PST) on NBC. Dries' goal tied the score early in the second half.
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By Annika Dries | July 26, 2012
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.
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From Staff Reports | July 5, 2012
Annika Dries of Laguna Beach scored one goal Wednesday and the U.S. Olympic women's water polo team scored a 14-8 victory over Hungary at Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos. The game was the second of a four-game exhibition series between the two countries. Dries scored her goal on a power play in the first quarter and it gave the U.S. a 3-1 lead. The U.S. also won the exhibition series opener Monday with a 17-8 victory at Stanford University in Palo Alto. Dries, a student at Stanford, scored the final U.S. goal late in the fourth quarter that put the lead at 17-7.
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June 28, 2012
The U.S. Olympic women's water polo team, which includes Annika Dries of Laguna Beach, finishes pre-Olympics play by hosting Hungary in a four-game exhibition series starting Monday at Stanford University in Palo Alto. The second game is 7 p.m. Wednesday at Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos. The teams also play July 6 at UC San Diego and conclude the series with a 3 p.m. July 8 match at Corona del Mar High. The July 8 match will be televised live on NBC Sports Network.
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By Barbara Diamond | June 14, 2012
The annual Laguna Beach High School Honors Convocation over the weekend rewarded the accomplishments of graduating seniors with scholarships and awards. The reception before the convocation rewarded the donors and presenters with gratitude from former recipients and awe from the Scholarship Foundation. "This evening the foundation will award 121 students $283,000," foundation President Kerry Rubel said at the reception. "That's pretty amazing for a small town like this. " She said it brought to mind a Chinese proverb: "If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing.
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June 7, 2012
Former Laguna Beach High graduate Annika Dries scored two goals Sunday to help lead the U.S. Olympic women's water polo team to a 6-4 victory over Australia in the gold medal game of the FINA World League Super Final at Changshu, China. Dries and Maggie Steffens tied for game-high scoring honors for the U.S. The U.S. has won the FINA tournament in four consecutive years. Dries also scored once Saturday during a 7-6 win over Greece in the semifinals, and posted two goals in a 15-2 win Friday over Italy.
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By Mike Sciacca | May 24, 2012
No amount of preparation could ready Annika Dries for the announcement. On May 17, the former Laguna Beach High girls' water polo standout realized a lifelong dream when she was one of 13 athletes named to the USA Olympic women's water polo team that will compete at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. "Normally, I am prepared. I have something to say or do or think," the 20-year-old said. "But the moment my coach (Adam Krikorian) told me I was an Olympian, I was speechless and filled with pure joy. I have worked and dreamed a long time about becoming an Olympian.
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