Huntsville’s Veronica Medon named University of North Dakota’s Female Scholar of the Year
HUNTSVILLE - You can call Veronica Medon “the scholarly schooner,” for the way she cuts through her schoolwork in the classroom and the waters at competing pools.
The 20-year-old Huntsville woman is capping off what could arguably be her finest of the past three years she has spent at the University of North Dakota.
Medon, a junior swimmer, was named the university’s Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year earlier this month. She broke five school records, three coming at the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Championships (200 metre individual medley, 100 and 200 metre backstroke), the latter two eclipsing the school records she had set earlier in the year.
She shaved two-hundredths of a second off of her time in the 200-metre backstroke, clocking in at 1:59.62. Then in the 100-metre backstroke, she bettered her own time of 56.06, touching at 55.62. She notched her final record time of the season with a mark of 2:03.86 in the 200-metre individual medley.
Medon also helped her school land the Fall 2011 College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America Team honors. She boasts a 4.0 grade point average as a psychology major, with a minor in criminal justice, and was named to the Academic All-WAC Team.
In addition to all this, head women’s swimming and diving coach Steve Parsons announced Medon has been selected co-captain of the 2012-13 squad for the second straight year.
“Now moving into her senior season, Veronica has continued to grow into her leadership role over the past few years,” Parsons said. “She performs in the pool, works hard in practice and is well respected by the team members. I think she is a great selection as team captain.”
For her part, Medon says that the key to her success this year was careful planning.
“It is definitely prioritizing. You sometimes have to sacrifice one thing, whether it is hanging out with friends that night or a little bit of sleep. I have an agenda and it keeps me sane, so I know what is going on,” she said in a telephone interview from her North Dakota home.
She said that she was very happy with her performance in the pool this past swim season.
“I reached my goals. I am extremely happy ... I couldn’t have asked for a better season. This is like my home away from home and the team is like my second family to me. There is always someone here to hang out with and support you.”
With her last year at the university staring her in the face, Medon said she hopes to continue her success with the swim team as she competes this coming season. After graduation, she said she plans to return to Canada to work toward getting her masters in counselling psychology.
As for her swimming career, Medon said she hopes this coming season will be as good, if not better, than the last. After that, she said that she might step away from the sport for about a year to concentrate on her education.
“We will see. For right now I am trying to figure out everything.”
— With files courtesy of the University of North Dakota Athletic Department.