Anika “Annie” Apostalon is a sprint freestyle and backstroke specialist originally from Albuquerque, N.M. Apostalon is a multi-time NCAA All-American in the sprint events, and was a 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier in the 100-meter backstroke. Born Feb. 2, 1995 Apostalon is a versatile swimmer with the ability to compete at a high level in any event she put her mind to. Proving her athleticism Apostalon was a spectacular water polo player in high school, and was a two-sport athlete at San Diego State University before transferring to the University of Southern California to exclusively focus on swimming. Outside of the pool Apostalon enjoys the arts including photography, painting, singing, playing the piano, and DIY projects.
Apostalon attended the Albuquerque Academy, where she earned multiple high school All-American honors. She was a four-time state champion in the 100-yard free and a two-time champion in the 100-yard back in addition to breaking New Mexico State Records in the 50 and 100-yard free as well as the 100-yard back. Apostalon was also a standout water polo player, and was named the New Mexico High School Water Polo MVP in 2012 and 2013. In the summer of her junior year in high school she qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 100-meter backstroke where she finished 66th overall.
Immediately out of high school Apostalon chose to attend San Diego State University after being the rare opportunity of both swimming and playing water polo for the Aztecs. In addition to being an athletic phenom and two-sport athlete, Apostalon was also an Honors student. and Her freshman year she had a massive breakout, winning the Mountain West Conference championship in the 50 and 100 free in addition the 100 back. She also was a member of the Aztec squad that swept every relay event –Apostalon was a member of the 200 free relay, 200 medley relay, 400 free relay and the 400 medley relay and was named the 2014 Mountain West Conference Swimmer of the Year. At her first NCAA Championships Apostalon had a warm welcome after she tied for 8th in the prelims of the 50-yard free and the Aztec 200-yard free relay tied for 16th. In a double-day swim off, Apostalon won both swim offs and swam in the championship final of the 50-yard free where she finished 7th and swam in the bonus final of the 400 free relay. Apostalon then tied for 16th again in the 100-yard backstroke, being forced to swim the third swim off of her first NCAA Championships. After winning her third swim off Apostalon ended up finishing 14th in the event and would later on take 15th in the 100-yard free.
As a sophomore Aztec Apostalon led her team to a Mountain West Conference Championship, and qualified for the NCAA Championships. In her sophomore season Apostalon scored individually in two events including a 15th-place finish in the 50-yard free and she also finished 12th in the 100-yard free. After her second season as a two-sport athlete at SDSU Apostalon decided to transfer to USC to only pursue swimming.