Aggies in the Olympics: Day Four
MEN’S SWIMMING – Makany Flirts with Hungarian Record
Texas A&M sophomore-to-be Balazs Makany swam a lifetime-best and near-Hungarian record time of 49.27 during preliminaries of the 100-meter freestyle on Tuesday night.
Makany, a native of Budapest, finished in second place in the fifth of nine preliminary heats. Overall, he finished 28th in the field of 64 competitors after chopping almost a half-second off his personal best time. Makany flirted with the seven-year-old Hungarian record of 49.13 set by Attila Zubor in 2001.
Makany attended classes at A&M this entire past athletic year but was forced to sit out his freshman year per NCAA guidelines. He will be eligible to compete for the Aggies this fall in a very important upcoming season which will see the Aggies host the NCAA Championships in the spring.
WOMEN’S SWIMMING – Wilkinson Finishes Seventh in 200 IM Final
Julia Wilkinson, A&M’s first-ever female Olympic finalist in swimming, earned a seventh-place finish in the 200-meter individual medley on Wednesday morning.
Wilkinson, competing in her third of up to seven events, swam the second-fastest time in Canadian history at 2:12.43. The finish is her highest ever at the world championship/Olympic level.
Wednesday night’s swimming action will feature all four Texas A&M women in action.
Wilkinson, who so far has competed in every possible session all week long, will continue her extensive schedule with 100-meter freestyle preliminaries where she will be joined in the event by Aggie teammate Triin Aljand of Estonia. Wilkinson will also likely leadoff the Canadian 800 freestyle relay team.
Aggie Christine Marshall, Texas A&M’s first-ever U.S. Olympian in swimming, will get her turn in the pool on Wednesday night, swimming a leg on the American 800 freestyle relay at the end of the prelim session. Aggie Alia Atkinson, competing for her birth country of Jamaica, will swim in the prelims of her Olympic race, the 200-meter breaststroke, on Wednesday night as well.