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Girls' Swimming: Wong still on top for CdM

Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week

Senior, who earned girls' swimmer of the meet at PCL finals, is excited for the final race of her prep career.

May 10, 2013|By Matt Szabo
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There is something endearing about talking to Corona del Mar High senior Brynne Wong.

She is one of the top prep swimmers in Southern California, but she never appears to be aloof. "Sometimes I swim … just sometimes," she proclaims on her Twitter profile.

Wong always seems to be smiling, seeing the humor in a given situation, even one involving herself.

Take, for example, her experience last summer at the Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb. She was there to swim the 100-meter butterfly. And, she admitted, she was terrified.

"It was really fun, but it was one of the scariest things I've ever done," Wong said. "It's weird to think that you can get scared swimming in front of a lot of people. I didn't even know I could, but I did."

She said she was accidentally wearing a suit that was a size too small at the meet. She could barely even get her arms over her head in the warm-up pool.

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"I just didn't want to get disqualified," said Wong, who swam a 1:02.97 on that day. "I'm glad that was my first [Olympic Trials]. Hopefully the next time I go, I'll be less freaked out."

To be sure, the University of Texas-bound Wong is almost always graceful in the water. The Daily Pilot Athlete of the Week will certainly be a swimmer to watch at the CIF Southern Section Division 1 finals, set for Saturday night at Riverside City College.

The meet signifies the end of a sparkling four-year career for Wong, who holds the school record in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100 butterfly. That's been true since Wong was a sophomore. In terms of the CdM record board, she continues to race against herself, slicing fractions of a second off those times. She's also part of school-record 200 and 400 freestyle relays; both of those times were lowered at last week's Pacific Coast League finals as well.

Wong had a huge day. She also won her events, the 50 free in 23.34 seconds (lowering her own school record) and the fly in 54.64. Both were meet records, and both were automatic All-American times.

She got girls' swimmer of the meet at league finals, an impressive task for someone not on the winning team. CdM finished a strong second to Uni, and looks for a top-five finish at CIF and maybe more. Wong qualified third in Division 1 in each of her events at preliminaries.

She is leaving quite a legacy for the Sea Kings. It's the result of a lot of hard work for Wong, who swims up to three-and-a-half hours a day with her club team, Aquazots, and Coach Todd Hickman.

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