San Diego State’s NCAA All-American sophomore, Anika Apostalon, will be transferring to the University of Southern California for her junior year. Apostalon is a big pick up for the Trojans and she will be able to make an impact immediately. In 2015, she individually scored 7 points at the NCAA Championships, and in 2014 she scored 17 points individually.
As a sprint freestyler and backstroker, she will stand out and add depth to USC’s relays. Apostalon’s best times are currently 21.76 in the 50 freestyle, 47.73 in the 100 freestyle, and 51.92 in the 100 backstroke. During her freshman year, she became a crowd favorite at the NCAA Championships after winning multiple swim-offs to earn her spots in finals. She tied for 8th during the prelims of the 50 freestyle and 16th in the prelims of the 100 backstroke. She went on to win both swim-offs and move up a few positions in both races during finals.
Last season, Kasia Wilk was USC’s top sprint freestyler with times if 22.26 and 48.12 in the 100 freestyle. USC didn’t have as much depth as they needed in the sprint freestyle relays, with only two swimmers with flat start 100’s under 50 seconds. Their second freestyle was 48.45, and then their freestylers fall back to 50.17.
In the backstroke, Apostalon will be almost identical in time to incoming sophomore Hannah Weiss. Weiss was their fastest backstroker last year with a top time of 51.80.
Apostalon on why she decided to transfer:
“I originally chose San Diego State because I got to play water polo and swim. It was the right decision two years ago, but now that I am turning my focus on swimming, I decided it would be best if I chose a different program. I absolutely love both teams at State, but it was time for me to explore other options and see what level I can take my swimming to. I originally looked at USC and UGA. Both schools were very welcoming, and have fantastic teams and coaches. I ended up choosing USC because of the long term opportunities with Trojan Swim Club, the L.A. area, as well as all the options that USC academics has to offer. It was a difficult decision, but I am very excited to take this next step.”
Apostalon was the 2014 Mountain West Swimmer of the Year and the 2014 MW Freshman of the Year. During her freshman year, she earned All-American honors for her seventh place finish in the 50 freestyle and earned multiple Honorable Mention All-American honors over the last two years with San Diego State.
She was originally recruited out of highschool by USC out of college but chose SDSU over the Trojans, Texas A&M, USC, Kansas, and New Mexico.