Two-time Canadian Olympian Julia Wilkinson has been selected in the 2016 class for the Texas A&M Athletic Hall-of-Fame, the school announced this week.
Wilkinson swam at A&M from 2005-2010 and was on the front-edge of the revitalization of an Aggie women’s program finishing in the top 10 at NCAAs for 11 consecutive seasons, beginning with Wilkinson’s sophomore year.
Wilkinson’s career was littered with accomplishments, including:
- 23 of a possible 28 All-America honors
- 20 Big 12 event conference championships
- 3 Big 12 Conference team championships (the first 3 in program history)
- the program’s first ever NCAA swimming champion (100 free – 2010)
- two Big-12 Swimmer of the Year awards
- School-record breaker in the 200 free, 100 back, and 200 IM (the latter of which still stands)
She also was a big part of building Canadian women’s swimming internationally. At the 2008 Olympics, her first of two appearances, Wilkinson placed 7th in the 200 IM – one of only two women to final individually in Beijing.
Her academic honors include the 2010 Distinguished Lettermen award winner, the 2009 Bill Erwin Scholar-Athlete of the Year, 3-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 and two-time Academic All-American (2008, 2010).
After retiring from competitive swimming, Wilkinson has worked in coaching and broadcasting the sport, and is now a communications adviser for Canadian Tire.