MELBOURNE, Australia- Texas A&M sophomore swimmer Julia Wilkinson (Stratford, Ont.) qualified for the championship final in the women’s 200-meter individual medley at the 12th FINA World Championships on Sunday.
Wilkinson, competing in her first-ever world championships, qualified seventh for Monday night’s final. She finished fourth in her semifinal heat in a lifetime-best time of 2:14.94. Wilkinson, just two weeks removed from the NCAA Championships, ranked ninth during the preliminary rounds with a time of 2:15.86.
The two-time Big 12 champion also swam second leg (55.79) on the Canadian 4 x 100-meter freestyle relay team which finished 10th among 27 countries. The Canadians clocked a time of 3:43.17 to finish less than two seconds from making the championship final.
Sophomore Triin Aljand (Tallinn, Estonia) is also competing at the world championships this week. Aljand swam the second leg (57.01) for the Estonian 4 x 100-meter freestyle relay team that finished 15th during preliminaries.
The 12th FINA World Championships began on Sunday and will continue through Sunday, April 1st. The meet will be televised daily on Fox Sports Southwest. For listings, please visit: http://wcsn.com/schedule/index.jsp?s=34001&e=fina_worlds_fsn