Dries recognized as top collegiate player for second time


Stanford senior Annika Dries earned the Peter J. Cutino Award, presented by The Olympic Club of San Francisco at the 15th annual Cutino Award Dinner on Saturday night.

It's the second time Dries has won the award as the nation's top collegiate women's water polo player. She also won in 2011, becoming the second woman to claim the honor twice, joining USC's Kami Craig, who won the award in 2009 and 2010.

Annika Dries
Stanford players have claimed the past four Cutino Awards, and Dries' honor is the sixth overall earned by a Cardinal player. The two-time selection joins Melissa Seidemann (2013), Kiley Neushul (2012), Jackie Frank (2003), and Brenda Villa (2002) on Stanford women's water polo's all-time roll call of winners.

The award caps a dominant season for Dries, who helped lead Stanford to a 25-1 overall record and the program's fourth NCAA title, third in the past four years.

The Laguna Beach native scored 48 goals, third-most on the team, and was named Most Valuable Player of both the MPSF Championship and the National Collegiate Championship while also claiming a spot on the All-MPSF First Team.

Besides being one of the Cardinal's top scoring threats, Dries cemented herself as the top interior player in the country this season.

On the defensive end of the pool she was a lockdown defender at the two-meter spot, helping the Cardinal defense post a goals-against average of just 5.81.

Her unmatched two-way play was on display at the national championships in May, as she scored a team-high eight goals, including a hat trick in Stanford's 9-5 title-game win over UCLA, while providing stifling defense inside culminating in the Cardinal holding the Bruins scoreless over the second half.

In a career that spanned five years (2010-11, 2013-14), Dries helped lead Stanford to two NCAA titles. She took a leave of absence during the 2012 season as she trained with the USA Water Polo Senior National Team for the 2012 London Games, where she helped the team to its first Olympic Gold Medal.

Teammate Maggie Steffens, also an Olympian, and UCLA goalie Sami Hill were the other two finalists for the award Saturday night.

Track and field

Stanford qualified six more athletes Saturday to the NCAA track and field championships, bringing its total to 14 for the June 11-14 meet in Eugene, Ore.

Stanford's Saturday qualifiers from the NCAA West Prelims at University of Arkansas were Michael Atchoo (1,500 meters, 3:45.11), Darian Brooks (triple jump, 52-0 3/4), and Joe Rosa (5,000, 14:12.86) among the men. Also, Aisling Cuffe (5,000, 15:55.16), Jessica Tonn (5,000, 16:19.36) and Rebecca Mehra (1,500, 4:19.90) qualified among the women. The top 12 in each event from each of two regionals (the East Prelim was held in Jacksonville, Fla.) advanced to the NCAA championship meet.

Of Stanford's 14 qualifiers, only Atchoo is a senior. The total exceeds last year's by one, and the number of men's qualifiers increased from three to seven.

Stanford's NCAA qualifiers have representation from a variety of events: five middle-distance runners, four long-distance runners, three throwers, and two jumpers.

Althogh Stanford had a strong day Saturday, it also was marked with the disappointment of having two All-Americans, fifth-year senior Tyler Stutzman in the 1,500, and redshirt junior Erik Olson in the 5,000, fail to advance.

"There were a lot of great positives," Stanford coach Chris Miltenberg said. "It's especially exciting to see how much the needle is moving on the men's side. We're moving in the right direction."

— Stanford Athletics

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