Wilkinson Wins Canadian 100 Back Title

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas—Texas A&M junior-to-be Julia Wilkinson (Stratford, Ont.) won the 100-meter backstroke title at the Canadian National Swimming Championships in Calgary this past weekend.

Wilkinson, the two-time Big 12 champion in the 100-yard event, raced to a time of 1:02.04, just missing the Canadian national record by .11.

The 2007 world championship finalist also picked up second place finishes in both the 100 freestyle (56.24) and 200 backstroke (2:14.73) as well as a bronze medal in the 200 individual medley (2:15.41).

Fellow Aggie Kylee Robinson (San Antonio) also competed at the Canadian national meet, turning in a best finish of seventh in the 1,500 meter freestyle (17:49.37).

Robinson and Wilkinson teamed up with University of Missouri swimmer Allison Bennett and Michelle Williams to earn silver and bronze relay medals swimming for the North York Aquatic Club. The group finished runner-up in the 400 free relay in 3:50.21 while taking third in the 800 free relay in 8:28.36, thanks in part to a blistering 2:03.93 leg from Wilkinson.

Soon-to-be A&M freshman Melanie Dodds also had a strong meet, qualifying for the championship final in three individual events. Dodds grabbed fourth place in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:59.02 while taking seventh in both the 200 IM (2:22.71) and 200 fly (2:19.38).