BY JAMES YODICE / JOURNAL STAFF WRITER
The 2013 Albuquerque Academy graduate will be competing in the Tokyo Olympics, swimming on the 4×100-meter freestyle relay team for the Czech Republic. Since her mother, Radka, is from VlaÅ¡im, a city of about 11,000 people located roughly 45 miles south of Prague, Apostalon, 26, was eligible for dual citizenship.
After years of wishing to become a dual citizen, she finally availed herself of the opportunity and did so in the spring of 2018. At the World Championships in South Korea in July of 2019, Apostalon swam a leg of the 4×100 that earned the Czech relay squad an Olympic berth.
“It’s a great thrill for a coach to have a swimmer who reaches that apex of competition,” said now-retired Academy coach Dave Barney.