Anika Apostalon Named CoSIDA Academic All-American First Team |
June 8, 2017
Trojan senior swimmer Anika Apostalon, 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, has earned 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large First Team honors it was announced on Thursday (June 8).
In addition, senior beach volleyballer Nicolette Martin and junior water polo player Mihajlo Milicevic earned Academic All-America third team honors.
The at-large teams for the Academic All-America® program include the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming & diving, tennis and water polo for both men and women, as well as beach volleyball, bowling, crew and field hockey for women, and volleyball and wrestling for men. Schools can nominate up to four student-athletes for both women and men in the at-large category.
Apostalon (Albuquerque, N.M.) is USC’s 35th Academic All-American first teamer and the first since NCAA diving champion Haley Ishimatsu took home the honor in 2015. Apostalon is the Trojans' seventh woman to earn first team honors (indoor volleyball’s Katie Haller won it twice).
Apostalon, who graduated in May, 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-America Division I At-Large honor after claiming second team notice last year. Milicevic (Belgrade, Serbia), a two-time 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 graduated this May with a degree from the USC Roski School of Fine Arts.