Summerside native wins seven gold medals in seven races at AUS swimming championships
HALIFAX – There was no denying Molly Wedge of Summerside a perfect showing at the Atlantic University Sport swimming championships last weekend.
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Molly Wedge of Summerside won seven gold medals at the Atlantic University Sport swimming championships last weekend.
The 20-year-old Wedge, who is double majoring in biology and French at Dalhousie University, won all seven events she swam in. Last year, Wedge won six gold and one silver medal. Her second-place showing came in the 200-metre freestyle event.
“This year, I really wanted to get that last one,” said Wedge in an interview with the Journal Pioneer earlier this week. “I’ve been training a lot more for it (200-metre free).
“It’s a little bit longer than the other races, I usually just do 50s and 100s.
“This year, I’ve been training a lot more to see if I can do some longer events because they are a lot more fun.”
Wedge was one of three Prince Edward Islanders to win medals as members of the Dalhousie team. Paige Crowell won one gold and two bronze while James Profit collected a pair of bronze medals. Crowell and Profit are both from Charlottetown.
Wedge admitted the results even surprised her, considering the Dalhousie team was practising hard right up to the day before the meet.
“I was definitely pleased with the 200, but my other ones (times) were kind of so-so,” said Wedge. “I was kind of expecting that considering how tired we were.”
Next up for Wedge is the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) swimming championships in Toronto next weekend. She will leave on Tuesday and the competition runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday. This will be Wedge’s third CIS nationals.
“Last year was better than my first year, and I’m hoping this year will be better than last year,” continued Wedge. “I’ve really been working on my mental preparation to have the same confidence going into national meets that I have going into conference meets.
“This year, I really wanted to get that last one. I’ve been training a lot more for it (200-metre free). It’s a little bit longer than the other races, I usually just do 50s and 100s. This year, I’ve been training a lot more to see if I can do some longer events because they are a lot more fun.” Molly Wedge
“It’s a lot different racing against Olympians and girls who are constantly on national teams.”
Wedge, who will swim in the same seven events she swam in last weekend, said a big part of her training for nationals is proper mental preparation. While Wedge acknowledges she trains hard physically, she adds that only goes so far.
“A lot of swimming is mental,” said Wedge. “If you are underwhelmed or overwhelmed and not at peak performance, you are going to psyche yourself out and go crazy and your race is going to be horrible, or you are not going to try hard.
“In my first year I was overwhelmed. I had never really been to any big meets like that, and was way too nervous. Last year, I was a little bit more comfortable.
“Over the last year since then, I’ve been to two national meets, so I think I’m getting better and better being around girls who are quite a bit faster than me. I’m starting to realize I can race these girls, and I’m getting close to where they are.”
Has Wedge set any goals for nationals?
“I’m trying not to so I don’t put so much pressure on myself,” said Wedge. “I would like to be top-5 in a couple of my races.
“Last year, my highest ranking was sixth.”