Six Aggie Swimmers Selected to Participate in 2015 Pan American Games

 Toronto, Ontario — Six swimmers from the Texas A&M swimming & diving teams have been chosen to represent their country at the 2015 Pan American games in Toronto, Ontario.

Representing Jamaica will be former Texas A&M standout Alia Atkinson, while senior Lili Ibañez, freshman Esther Gonzalez, and incoming freshmen Natasha Gvakharia, and Jose Angel Martinez will represent Mexico. Sydney Pickrem, another incoming freshman, will swim for Canada.

Canadian-born, former Texas A&M All-American swimmer Julia Wilkinson will serve as the co-coordinator of athlete engagement for this summer’s Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. Wilkinson was Texas A&M’s first National Champion in 2009 when she claimed the title in the 100 free. She joined Team Canada in both the 2008 and 2012 summer Olympics.

 The Pan American games will be held in Toronto, Ontario, where 7,000 athletes will compete for gold medals and international pride. The major sporting event, which originated in 1951, is the third-largest international multi-sport games in the world. The Games are held every four years.

The swimmers will begin competition on Tuesday, July 14. Tickets are available at www.toronto2015.org/tickets.

 

Swimming news courtesy of Texas A&M Swimming & Diving.

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