CHARLOTTETOWN – The Island’s top female varsity athletes will be recognized next week as Sport P.E.I. continues its countdown to the annual awards banquet, to be held at the Rodd Royalty in Charlottetown on Friday.
Finalists for the intercollegiate female athlete of the year are Jean Baker (rugby, SMU), Emily van Diepen (soccer and hockey, Mount Allison) and Molly Wedge (swimming, Dalhousie).
For Argyle Shore’s Jean Baker, 2013 had many great moments on the rugby field.
The highlight of Baker’s year was her selection to Team Canada for the World University 7s in Russia, where as team captain, she led by example. She scored four trys as her team came home with a bronze medal.
At the varsity level for Saint Mary’s, Baker showed, once again, she is one of the best in the league, finishing third in Atlantic University Sport (AUS) scoring with 79 points, and her excellent season was crowned by being named both an AUS all-star, and a Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) All-Canadian.
Baker’s performances have seen her be recognized by Rugby Canada, and she will be attending a national team camp later this month.
Emily van Diepen
Morell’s Emily van Diepen is a two-sport athlete at Mount Allison, and her school’s 2013 athlete of the year excels in soccer and hockey.
On the grass, defender van Diepen has helped turn the Mounties into a competitive unit, and her attitude and determination saw the team reach a rare playoff appearance in her first season.
On the ice, van Diepen excels, and she is a top scorer amongst AUS defencemen. She was a second-team AUS all-star last year, and has been recognized with AUS rookie-of-the-year honours. Her outstanding play this season helped Mount Allison reach the AUS final, and just recently she was announced as the school’s athlete of the year for a second time.
Summerside’s Molly Wedge is a standout in the pool for Dalhousie, and the freestyle speedster reached the CIS 50-metre final in 2013, finishing sixth.
The CIS athlete of the week for Nov. 17, Wedge dominates in the region, and she won six gold and a silver at the 2013 AUS championships, in addition to numerous wins she enjoyed at the various meets throughout the year.
The third-year science student also won two Dal athlete-of-the-week awards, and holds two individual and two relay AUS records.
Just recently, she again cleaned up at the AUS finals, and is without doubt one of the best university swimmers in Canada.