March 29, 2011

Six members of Texas A&M's swimming and diving teams will be competing for spots on Canada's 2011 World Championships team at the World Trials March 30-April 2 in Victoria, British Columbia.

Competing at the event from A&M's 2010-11 rosters are senior Julia Wilkinson, who was a mainstay of Canada's 2008 Olympic team.

The 2011 World Trials will see the formation of Swimming Canada's team for the 2011 FINA World Championships, which will be contested in Shanghai, China this summer. The World Trials are also an important stepping-stone toward the 2012 Olympics in London.

"This year's World Championships will set the stage for the London 2012 Olympics," said Pierre Lafontaine, CEO and National Coach for Swimming Canada. "In Beijing, 73 percent of finalists had marched onto the podium at the previous year's World Championships in Melbourne. The 2011 World Championships is key to building up for the Olympics next year. Our performances this summer will set the stage for the next games."

To qualify for Canada's Worlds team, swimmers need to win the race, provided that it's part of the Olympic program, and meet the required "Fina B" time standard. A second place finish could also result in an athlete being selected, provided that the "Fina A" time standard is met.

Swimming Canada will also be selecting its team for the 2011 Junior World Championships in Lima, Peru as well as finalizing the selection of the 2011 Universiade Team that will compete in Shenzhen, China.