Aggies In Beijing, Day Two

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MEN’S ARCHERY – A&M former student Vic Wunderle and the U.S. men’s archery team dropped its first round match-up to Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) at the Olympic Green Archery Field on Monday morning.

The Americans, seeded 10th, lost a tight 222-218 decision to the seventh-seeded Taiwanese team thus eliminating them from the single-elimination team tournament.

The American men were down a single point, 55-54, after the first of four ends (or rounds) and saw the deficit increase to three, 110-107, after the second end. The U.S. team dropped another point to Taiwan in the third end before shooting to a draw in the fourth and final end, making the final margin four points.

WOMEN’S SWIMMING – Wilkinson Breaks Canadian 100 Back Record, Finishes 12th

Aggie senior-to-be Julia Wilkinson set the Canadian record in the 100-meter backstroke for the fourth time in five months with a clocking of 1:00.38 during Olympic preliminaries on Sunday night.

Wilkinson cruised to a win in the fourth of seven preliminary heats, easily beating second-place finisher Melissa Ingram of New Zealand (1:01.24).

“I was hoping to go into the 59 second range,” said Wilkinson, who will race in at least six events at the Games. “But I’m delighted to get a second swim. It’s fun to have the record because every time you swim a personal best you break that record.”

Wilkinson went on to finish sixth in the first of two semifinal 100 backstroke heats on Monday morning in a clocking of 1:00.60, which eventually ranked her 12th overall. France’s Laure Manaudou claimed the eighth and final spot in the championship final after swimming a time of 1:00.19.

Wilkinson will get the chance to lower her national record in the 100 back a fifth time as she leads off Canada’s 400-meter medley relay on Friday. Up next for Canada’s most versatile swimmer will be the prelims of the 200-meter individual medley on Monday night.

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