Rancho Bernardo’s Wong has 20 goals and 12 assists in first eight games of women’s water polo


Drew Wong and her twin sister, Siena, started out as footballers.

But thanks to their mother, Christine, they both play water polo as seniors at Rancho Bernardo High.

“Mom put me in a two week water polo camp at RB in sixth grade,” said Drew, who is three minutes older than Siena. “I loved it right away, especially the speed of the game.

“I repeated the camp three more times so I must have liked it a lot. “

Unlike Siena, who eventually quit soccer and entered the water polo scene a year ago, Drew is a four-year incumbent for the Broncos.

She is the main defender of the two-meter lunge on defense and also the point on offense, directing the attack.

“I’m not the first choice to score,” said Drew. “It’s my job to keep the ball moving until we get it to the open shooter. “

This is the part of the game that intrigued her from the start. The instantaneous passage from one end of the pool to the other is different from what she was used to in football.

This makes Drew’s chatter a bit more difficult, trying to talk while swimming.

“Playing water polo helps my personality,” she said. “I’ll talk to anyone anyway.” I like talking to opponents, just small discussions.

“Some players, maybe they’re a little angry, they get mad at me when I speak. I’m shocked that someone gets mad at me just for talking to them. There is no chatter. ”

Drew, who also has a freshman brother named Bucko, broke in with the Broncos scoring eight goals and assisting six more.

She scored eight more goals in the sophomore year, but her assists dropped to 22.

Last spring, the 5-foot-5 Bronco scored six goals and 10 assists in the coronavirus-shortened season.

Rancho Bernardo opened this season with an 8-1 record, outscoring opponents 139-32, a far cry from last spring when the Broncos were 8-6 and their opponents 156-106.

“She sets the tone for hard work,” said Broncos coach John-William Bryant. “Drew makes sure the girls get it right, both in fitness and in the pool.”

Drew has been closely involved in the Broncos’ early start this season.

She has scored a tear offensively this season, showing new strength through extended time in the weight room, with 20 goals and an assist on 12 more in the first eight games.

“It seems hard to believe I’m a senior because I think I should be a junior thanks to COVID,” she said. “I feel like I skipped a year.

“I can’t imagine how bad I would feel if my last year passed out like it did for the last two senior classes. They couldn’t hang out with their friends, had no prom and no graduation. ”

Drew Wong and her twin sister, Siena, started out as footballers. But both went to a water polo camp and now both are seniors who play the sport.

(Courtesy of the Wong family)

Drew is still finalizing his plans for college. She plans to major in accounting in hopes of one day becoming a forensic accountant.

“I found this on my own,” said the San Diego native. “My mom always wanted me to work in forensic medicine. I don’t like science, but I am very intrigued by forensic accounting. ”

Leaving for college, however, will likely mean parting ways with Siena. They don’t share a room and use their own computers, but their lives have crossed paths since birth.

Going across the hall to college in different towns is, as Drew called it, a strange thing to her.

“It’s a good time for me to make my own decisions instead of asking mum and dad,” she said. “I can call them for advice, but that’s up to me now.

“I am ready for the next adventure. I’m just not ready for it to happen so soon.


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