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Apel won Division I state championships in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle races. It was his performance in the 500 that set him apart.
He dominated winning by almost 10 seconds in 4 minutes, 23.68 seconds for the second-fastest all-time in Arizona high school. Apel swam four events at state in distances of 50, 100, 200 and 500.
He helped Pinnacle set a school record in the 200 free relay. He followed that with the second-fastest 500 in state history.
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