The U.S. Olympic Women's Water Polo Team shares their Gold Medals with the community
Gold Medalist at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England... One of the top centers in the game joining the National Team in 2009...A two-time Cutino Award winner and NCAA Champion at Stanford University
Added three goals in helping Team USA to gold at the 2014 FINA World Cup...Scored six goals including three in a win over Canada en route to gold at the 2014 FINA World League Super Final...Recorded a goal during the 2013 FINA World Cup Qualifiers...Totaled 6 goals during the 2013 Holiday Cup...Scored five goals in the 2013 FINA World Championships...Added eight goals in helping secure a bronze medal at the 2013 FINA World League Super Final...Scored two goals, assisting to Team USA's first Gold Medal at the 2012 Olympics... Recorded eight goals for Team USA at the 2012 FINA World League Super Final... Scored eight goals in helping Team USA to a Gold Medal and Olympic berth at the 2011 Pan American Games...Second on the team with ten goals scored as part of a sixth place finish for Team USA at the 2011 FINA World Championships...Tallied three goals during Gold Medal run at 2011 FINA World League Super Final in Tianjin, China...Recorded seven goals at the 2010 FINA World Cup...Tallied four goals en route to winning the Gold Medal at the 2010 FINA World League Super Final... Scored 5 goals at 2009 Holiday Cup with Team USA...Won the Women's 20 and Under National Championships with SET (Saddleback El Toro) Water Polo in 2008...Took 4th Place in 2008 and 2nd Place in 2007 at Speedo Top 40.
Graduated from Stanford University in 2014...Won her second NCAA Championship with Stanford in 2014 where she was named tournament MVP...Two-time Cutino Award winner as the college game's top player winning in 2011 and 2014...Named ACWPC Player of the Year in 2014...Led Stanford to the 2011 NCAA National Championship...Named MVP of 2011 NCAA Championships.
Attended Laguna Beach High School...Division II CIF Champions in 2009 and runner-up in 2007...Division II CIF Champions in 2009 and runner-up in 2007...Division II CIF MVP in 2009 and OC Register Player of the Year in 2009.
PERSONAL A jazz pianist who loves music Dries has an interest in science... A nominee for the Women's Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year Award in 2014...Served as a blogger for ESPNW in the lead-up to the 2012 Olympic Games and 2013 FINA World Championships...Majored in Human Biology at Stanford...An advocate for breast cancer awareness and research she is active in the community with the Pink Ribbon Club Foundation and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure effort.
2014 FINA WORLD CUP, KHANTY-MANSIYSK, RUSSIA, 1ST PLACE
2014 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, KUNSHAN, CHINA 1ST PLACE
2013 FINA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS, SANTA ANA, CA, 1ST PLACE
2013 HOLIDAY CUP, SANTA ANA, CA, 1ST PLACE
2013 CANADA CUP, GATINEAU, CANADA, 1ST PLACE
2013 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, BARCELONA, SPAIN, 5TH PLACE
2013 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, BEIJING, CHINA, 3RD PLACE
2012 OLYMPICS, LONDON, ENGLAND, 1ST PLACE
2012 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, CHANGSHU, CHINA, 1ST PLACE
2011 PAN AMERICAN GAMES, GUADALAJARA, MEXICO, 1ST PLACE
2011 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, SHANGHAI, CHINA, 6TH PLACE
2011 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, TIANJIN, CHINA, 1ST PLACE
2010 FINA WORLD CUP, CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND, 1ST PLACE
2010 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, LA JOLLA, CA, 1ST PLACE
2009 HOLIDAY CUP, NEWPORT BEACH, CA, 2ND PLACE
2009 FINA JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, KHANTY-MANSIYSK, RUSSIA, 3RD PLACE
2009 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, KIRISHI, RUSSIA, 1ST PLACE
2008 18U GLOBAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA, 1ST PLACE
2008 20U GLOBAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, LOS ALAMITOS, CA, 1ST PLACE
2007 YOUTH INTERNATIONAL SERIES, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, 1ST PLACE
2006 JUNIOR PAN AMERICAN GAMES, MONTREAL, CANADA, 1ST PLACE
FUN FACTS ABOUT ANNIKA
Favorite Food: Italian Favorite Movie: Ocean's Eleven Favorite Actor: Brad Pitt Favorite Actress: Audrey Hepburn Favorite Songs: "Drop the World" Lil Wayne, ""Viva la Vida" Coldplay, "Empire State of Mind" Jay-Z Personal Theme Song: "The Heart of Life" John Mayer Favorite Musical Artists: Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Florence + The Machine Favorite Color: Turquoise Facebook or MySpace: Facebook Best Present Ever Received: Meeting Coldplay backstage at a concert on my birthday Best Halloween Costume: Beyonce Special Power: The power to heal Sport to Play Other Than Water Polo: Volleyball or Tennis Favorite Quote: "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt Etc: Supports the Pink Ribbon Club Foundation and Komen Race for the Cure....The best thing about water polo is that it is fast paced and exciting...Got into water polo because of the combination of competition and being in the water...She loves the water polo community and thinks that it is the best sport in the world...
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