LONDON --- A trio of current or former Texas A&M swimmers saw action on the first day of the swimming competition at the 2012 Olympic Games on Saturday.
Texas A&M was represented in London on Saturday by 2012 senior Amini Fonua (swimming for Tonga), 2010 senior Julia Wilkinson (Canada) and 2009 senior Triin Aljand (Estonia).
Fonua touched the wall first in his preliminary heat of the men’s 100-meter breaststroke in a time of 1:03.65. His time was the 41st fastest of the morning session and he did not advance to the semifinals. Fonua is Tonga’s first-ever swimming Olympian.
Wilkinson, in her second Olympics, swam the second leg of Canada’s women’s 400-meter freestyle relay that placed fifth in its heat with a time of 3:39.60. The foursome’s time was the 11th fastest of the morning session and did not advance to the final.
Aljand, also a 2004 and 2008 Olympian for Estonia, turned in a time of 1:00.43 in the women’s 100-meter butterfly. She was 35th in the prelims and did not advance.
Aggies in the London Olympic Games (Saturday, July 28)
Triin Aljand (Estonia), W 100m butterfly, 1:00.43 (35th in prelims)
Amini Fonua (Tonga), M 100m breaststroke, 1:03.65 (41st in prelims)
Julia Wilkinson (Canada), W 400 freestyle relay, 3:39.60 (11th in prelims)