Anika Apostalon Named Pac-12 Women's Swim, Dive Scholar-Athlete Of The Year|
Feb. 21, 2017
Senior Anika Apostalon, an All-American who helped USC to NCAA and Pac-12 relay titles last year as well as a playing an integral part in the Trojans’ first-ever Pac-12 team crown in 2016, has been named the Pac-12’s 2017 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for Women’s Swimming and Diving.
The award, which is presented in each of the 23 sports the Pac-12 sponsors, was established to honor collegiate student-athletes that are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline.
“There are few more deserving of such an honor,” USC Coach Dave Salo said. “Anika takes her life seriously and wants to be the best that she can be at all that she does. It's no surprise that she would be honored as Scholar-Athlete of the year.
“Her approach to athletics is mirrored in her efforts in the classroom. She rarely misses an opportunity to stay after practice to work on some aspects of swimming. She has been a tremendous asset to the team as an athlete and as a leader. We are all so proud of her and of the opportunity to work with someone like her.”
Apostalon, a psychology major with a 3.92 GPA, earned CSCAA Scholar-All-American first team honors in 2016 and is a 2017 co-captain.
Apostalon transferred to USC from San Diego State in 2015 and turned in a magnificent 2016 debut season at Troy, finishing as a five-time All-American -- which included an NCAA relay title -- and a two-time Pac-12 finalist. At the 2016 NCAA Championships, Apostalon's efforts were highlighted by her clinching anchor leg in USC's first-ever NCAA title in the 400y free relay. She also reached the 100y free final for the first time, finishing eighth (47.72) after qualifying fifth in a PR 47.65. Apostalon also swam second on USC's second-place 800y free relay and fourth-place 200y free relay and anchored Troy's fifth-place 400y medley relay. All four relays she swam on set school records.
She is USC’s second Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year, joining NCAA and Pac-12 champion diver Haley Ishimatsu, who earned the honor in 2015.
In order to be eligible for the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least 50 percent of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum one year in residence at the institution. Each Pac-12 institution may nominate one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-12 staff members at the conclusion of each sport’s regular season. The athletics accomplishments of the nominees are a consideration in voting for the award.