Four Trojans Earn 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large Team Honors

    May 11, 2017

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    Trojan senior swimmer Anika Apostalon, senior beach volleyballer Nicolette Martin, junior swimmer Pawel Furtek and junior water polo player Mihajlo Milicevic were all selected to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large Team for District 8 it was announced on Thursday (May 11).

    Both Apostalon and Martin participated in USC’s Student-Athlete Graduation ceremony today. Apostalon (Albuquerque, N.M.), the 2017 Pac-12 Women’s Swimming Scholar Athlete of the Year and a Pac-12 All-Academic first teamer sporting a 3.92 GPA in psychology, was a four-time All-American as a senior and a two-time Pac-12 finalist. She is a career nine-time All-American and eight-time NCAA individual scorer and was part of USC’s 2016 NCAA and Pac-12 400-yard freestyle relay titles as well as the Trojans’ first Pac-12 team title in 2016. She was a 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials semifinalist and is part of all five of USC’s school record relays. Apostalon, a 2017 USC co-captain, also earned 2016 College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America Scholar-All-American first team status.

    This is Milicevic’s second straight CoSIDA Academic All-District first team honor after he earned CoSIDA Academic All-America Division I At-Large second team notice last year. Milicevic (Belgrade, Serbia), with a 3.72 GPA as a business administration major, also won back-to-back NCAA Elite 90 Awards (2015-16) with the highest GPA at the NCAA men’s water polo national championships. Milicevic, who has come back from dual hip surgeries, is a two-time All-American (2014-15) who earned 2015 NCAA All-Tournament first team honors and second team honors in 2014. He is a three-time ACWPC All-Academic honoree (2014-16) and two-time MPSF Scholar-Athlete (2015-16) with 61 career goals.

    Martin (Anaheim, Calif.) is a three-time national champion and a two-time Pac-12 champion. She served as captain of the Women of Troy in 2017 and helped lead the Trojans to back-to-back NCAA titles as she and her partner Terese Cannon secured the clinching point in the championship dual. Over her four years as a starter for the Women of Troy, Martin compiled over 130 individual victories and will go out with a senior class that went 123-6 from 2014-17. She is a two-time Pac-12 Pair of the Week selection with two different partners. Martin was chosen as the Pac-12’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year as the holder of the team’s highest grade-point average: a 3.70 in fine arts. Martin was a Pac-12 All-Academic first team selection in 2016 and graduates this May with a degree from the USC Roski School of Fine Arts.

    Furtek (Wroclaw, Poland), a Polish national teamer who is a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic first team pick, earned his first CoSIDA honor with a 3.92 GPA in computer engineering and computer science. He was a 2017 Pac-12 finalist in the 1650y free and posted NCAA B times in 500-yard freestyle and 1650y freestyle this season. He was a 2016 NCAA Championships B finalist, scoring in the 1650y freestyle. He earned 2016 CSCAA All-American first team honors and honorable mention in 2015. He is a career five-time Pac-12 Conference finalist and among USC's all-time top 10 in the 1000-yard and 1650-yard freestyle.

    First-team Academic All-District™ honorees from eight districts advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third team All-America® honorees will be selected later this month.