COLLEGE STATION -- Texas A&M swimmer Julia Wilkinson (Stratford, Ont.) was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Third Team in the women’s at-large division by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday.
Wilkinson, who turns 21 today, becomes the first female Aggie swimmer to earn Academic All-America honors from CoSIDA since Jennifer Guillory in 1996. Guillory, Wilkinson and Sandra Goeking (1985) are the only three female swimmers/divers so honored in A&M history.
At the time of submission, Wilkinson, a junior, carried a 3.77 grade-point average in communication. She is the reigning Big 12 Swimmer of the Year and will likely swim more events at the 2008 Olympic Games than any other athlete on the Canadian Olympic team.
Fifteen athletes representing numerous sports including crew, golf, gymnastics, fencing, field hockey, lacrosse, rifle, swimming & diving, and tennis were named to each of the three Academic All-American teams. Wilkinson was one of 14 swimmers named to one of the three teams making the sport easily the most represented of the nine sports with honorees.
To be eligible for the award, an athlete must be a key starter or reserve, have maintained a 3.20 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale, have reached sophomore academic and athletic standing, and be nominated by their sports information director. Each school is limited to nominating only three athletes total from all the at-large sports as well.