WINNIPEG, Man.—Texas A&M swimmer Julia Wilkinson (Stratford, Ont.) set her second Canadian national record in as many days during a preliminary session at Canadian Summer Nationals on Friday night.
Wilkinson was one of only two swimmers in the entire 50-meter backstroke field to hit the wall in less than 30 seconds and did so by a considerable margin. She raced to a time of 28.53, erasing her own national record of 28.63 which she set last month in Vancouver. The next best finisher in the field was 27-year old Jennifer Carroll, a former national record holder, who clocked a time of 29.82.
Wilkinson’s time ranks as the 12th-fastest in the world this year and is only .86 off the current world record of 27.67 set by Australian Sophie Edington in March.
Wilkinson will continue her meet by competing in the finals of the 50-meter backstroke on Saturday morning then swim in a preliminary heat of the 200-meter individual medley on Saturday night.