April 7, 2011

VICTORIA, British Columbia --- Standout performances by a number of Texas A&M swimmers was highlighted by the three gold medal effort from Julia Wilkinson at the 2011 Canadian World Championships Trials March 30-April 1.

Wilkinson qualified for the 2011 FINA World Championships and will represent Canada in Shanghai, China this summer. Wilkinson, an A&M standout from 2006-10, won the 50-meter backstroke (Canadian record 28.13), 100 back (54.93) and 100 freestyle (1:00.93), and was second in the 200 IM (2:12.89). She set a Canadian record in the 50 backstroke with a time of 28.13.

Also competing at the World Trials were current Aggies: senior Melanie Dodds, sophomores Tess Simpson and Kendra Chernoff, and freshmen Sarah Henry, Paige Miller and Kyle Troskot.

Dodds, from Maple Ridge, B.C., made the finals in three races, placing fifth in the 200 IM (2:17.88), eighth in the 400 IM (4:54.27) and 14th in the 200 butterfly (2:17.36).

Simpson, from Ingleside, Ontario, placed fifth in the 100 back (1:02.02) and eighth in the 200 back (2:16.09).

Chernoff, from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, made three Championship finals with fifth place finishes in the 50 fly (27.43) and 100 (1:00.21) and a seventh place finish in the 200 fly (2:15.62).

Henry, who was born in Ontario, placed ninth in the 200 IM (2:16.22), the 400 free (4:13.57), the 400 IM (4:45.04) and 10th in the 200 free (2:02.49) and the 800 free (8:56.50).

Miller, from Caledon, Ontario, had four Championship final efforts with a runner-up finish in the 50 fly (27.10), fourth in the 50 back (29.14), sixth in the 100 back (1:02.91) and eighth in the 100 fly (1:01.61).

Troskot, from Lethbridge, Alberta, placed third in the 50 free (23.12) and fourth in the 50 fly (24.69).