Was the No. 1 ranked swimmer in the state of New Mexico and 99th in the nation among 2013-14 recruits by CollegeSwimming.com as a senior ... Will also play water polo at San Diego State.
SAN DIEGO STATE 2013-14
Was named the 2014 Mountain West Swimmer of the Year and the 2014 MW Freshman of the Year ... Earned All-America honors by finishing seventh in the 50 free (22.00) at the NCAA Championships ... Also garnered honorable mention All-America accolades in the 100 back and 100 free as well as the 200 free relay at the national meet ... At the 2014 Mountain West Championships won the 50 free (21.76), 100 free (47.73) and 100 back (51.92) ... Was also a member of the winning 200 free (1:28.65), 400 free (3:16.60), 200 medley (1:37.97) and 400 medley relay (3:35.13) teams ... Set school records in all of those events with the exception of the 200 medley relay ... Also turned in the ninth-fastest time school history in the 100 butterfly (56.21) during the season ... Set Aztec Aquaplex records in the 50 free (23.10), 100 free (50.90) and 200 free (1:49.35) during the double dual meet vs. Air Force and UC San Diego on Dec 30 ... Also turned in the third-fastest time at the facility in the 200 back (2:01.70) and eight-best time in the 1200 fly (56.21) during the meet vs. University of San Diego on Jan. 25 ... Member of the 800 free relay squad that set an Aquaplex record (7:26.95) in the meet vs. Chicago on Dec. 20 ... During the season posted 23 first-place, five second-place and one third-place finish in individual events at dual meets and invitationals ... Was named the Mountain West Swimmer of the Week three times (Oct. 23, Nov. 27 and Jan. 8) ... Was a Mountain West Scholar-Athlete and a member of the MW All-academic Team ... Also played water polo for the Aztecs.
Earned five varsity letters as a swimmer at Albuquerque Academy under Coach Dave Barney ... Earned NISCA/Speedo All-America honors in select events from ninth through 12th grade ... As a senior was named an all-America in both the 50 and 100 freestyle as well and 100 backstroke ... Her top times in those events during the high school season ranked fifth, fifth and sixth in the nation respectively ... Won the state championship in the 100 freestyle in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 ... Also captured the 100 backstroke state title in both 2011 and 2013 ... Her winnings times in those events at the state meet in 2013 included 49.41 in the 100 free and 53.78 in the 100 back ... Apostalon currently holds the New Mexico high school state records in the 50 free, 100 free, 100 back, 200 medley relay and 200 free relay ... Was a part of the Albuquerque Academy championship team that won the state championship from 2009-13 ... Played central defender for the Albuquerque Academy water polo team ... Was named the New Mexico high school Water Polo League (NMWPHSL) MVP in 2012 and 2013.
Member of the Duke City Aquatics swim club ... In December 2012, swam at the Elite Pro-Am meet in Oklahoma City, a premier meet which has featured several Olympians throughout the years ... Set several personal best times at the meet including: 22.77 (50 free), 49.53 (100 free), 1:50.73 (200 free), and 53.63 (100 back) ... Her times in the 50 and 100 free and 100 back were new state records for New Mexico Swimming (club).
Anika Jana Apostalon as born Feb. 2, 1995 in Albuquerque, N.M. ... Daughter of Mark and Radka Apostalon ... Father has a background in competitive judo ... Enjoys music, art, travel and spending time with friend and family ... Recent summer job as an assistant art teacher ... Was also recruited by Texas A&M, USC, Kansas and New Mexico ... Undeclared major at San Diego State.