Anthony Kim will not be the only New Mexican at the Olympic Swimming Trials next week.
In fact, he won’t even be the most prominent Albuquerque Academy graduate competing at the trials.
Former Academy standout Anika Apostalon, who began her college career at San Diego State before transferring to USC for her junior season, is qualified in three events at the trials, which begin Sunday in Omaha, Neb.
Apostalon, one of the state’s all-time great female prep swimmers, is qualified in the 50 free, the 100 free and the 100 back. This will be her second go-round at the trials, having qualified in 2012 in the 100 back. She is a 2013 Academy graduate.
⋄ University of Nebraska junior-to-be Jordan Ehly, a 2014 Mayfield graduate, has qualified in the 200-meter breaststroke, her specialty event. She first qualified for these trials in the summer of 2013, which was the summer before her senior season with the Trojans.
⋄ Gillian St. John, a 2015 Eldorado graduate, has qualified in the 50-meter freestyle. She swims for the University of Utah. While training under Lobo Aquatic Club’s Doug Forbes, she earned her time trial cut last summer at the Speedo Western Championships in Oregon at age 17.
• Former New Mexico State swimmer Kelley Conrad also is qualified in the 50 free.
Also, former University of New Mexico Lobo Gabby Han finished 16th of 18 divers competing in the senior women’s 3-meter springboard at the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials on Tuesday in Indianapolis. She trains in Ann Arbor, Mich., and is a volunteer assistant with the University of Michigan team.
– James Yodice