High School: Lettered three years in water polo ... two-time team MVP ... third-team All-CIF selection as a senior ... registered 340 saves, 35 steals and 11 assists in senior campaign ... three-time recipient of "Mr. Defense" award ... two-time first-team all-league selection ... second-team all-league honoree in 2007 ... four-year scholar-athlete ... named Academic All-American by USA Water Polo (2007-08) ... member of National Honor Society and National Society of High School Honors ... owns top times of 21.9 (50 freestyle) and 51.9 (100 free).
Personal: Son of Steven and Diane Appel ... hobbies include scuba diving and exploring the world ... hero is his dad ... plans to major in civil engineering ... favorite foods are steak and French toast, scrambled eggs and bacon ... favorite music is alternative rock, country or "anything" ... favorite quote: "I, I'm the One comforting you. What are you afraid of--or who? Some man or woman who'll soon be dead? Some poor wretch destined for dust?" - Isaiah 51:12.