Anika Apostalon, Once Again, Proves She Is the Master of the Swim-Off


USC‘s Anika Apostalon affirmed her status as the queen of the swim-off this morning, winning her 50 free duel against Cal‘s Amy Bilquist in 21.80. Bilquist was a personal best 21.94.

Back in 2014, Apostalon famously won three swim-offs at the NCAA Women’s DI Championships. Back then, she was competing for San Diego State University. On day one, she won swim-offs in the 200 free relay and the 50 free, and on day two, she won a swim-off for 16th in the 100 back. (You can see an interview after those races here.)

It’s worth noting that Apostalon’s 22.01 in 2014 got her a tie for 8th, and her 22.00 in 2017 tied her for 16th. This example is a true testament to the rapid development that the NCAA has seen in the sprint events over the past three years.

This morning’s swim-off 21.80 would have tied Apostalon for fifth in the prelims. She has the chance to challenge for ninth-place points tonight.


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Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

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