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

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

But thanks to their mom, Christine, they are both playing water polo as seniors at Rancho Bernardo High.

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

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

Unlike Siena, who finally left soccer and jumped into the water polo scene a year ago, Drew is a four-year starter for the Broncos.

She’s the primary defender at the two-meter slot on defense and also the point on offense, directing the attack.

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

That’s the part of the game that intrigued her from the outset. The instant changeover from one end of the pool to the other is unlike what she was used to in soccer.

It does make the chatter from Drew a little tougher, trying to talk while swimming.

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

“Some players, maybe they’re short-tempered a bit, they get annoyed with me when I talk. I’m shocked anyone would get mad at me for just talking to them. There’s no trash-talking. ”

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

She had eight more goals as a sophomore, but her assists went to 22.

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

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

“She sets the tone for hard work,” Broncos coach John-William Bryant said. “Drew makes sure the girls do things the right way, both in conditioning and in the pool.”

Drew has been intricately involved in the Broncos’ fast start this season.

She has been on a scoring tear offensively this season, showing off a newfound strength from extended time in the weight room, with 20 goals and assisting on 12 other goals in the first eight games.

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

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

Drew Wong and her twin sister, Siena, started out as soccer players. But the two went to a water polo camp and now both are seniors playing the sport.

(Courtesy Wong family)

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

“I kind of found this on my own,” the San Diego native said. “My mom always wanted me to be in the field of forensics. I don’t like science, but I’m super intrigued by forensic accounting. ”

Going away for college, though, will probably mean separating from Siena. They don’t share a room and they use their own computers, but their lives have intersected since they were born.

Going from living across the hall from each other to attending college in different cities is, as Drew called it, a weird thing for her.

“It’s a good time for me to make my own decisions instead of asking mom and dad,” she said. “I may call them for advice but it’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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