Rezne Wong is adjusting quite well to college life at the University of Hawaii-Manoa campus and has made waves in the swimming pool as well.
“School is great! The science classes here are top-notch and I feel that I am at the right school for my major (Marine Biology). I am taking Political Science 110, Oceanography 201, Religion 150, and Chemistry 161,” said the Marianas High School alumnus in a recent e-mail to the Saipan Tribune.
Wong is also about to add another feather to his cap after UH-Manoa swimming head coach, Victor F. Wales, decided to include him to the Rainbow Warriors' traveling team.
“Rezne is doing extremely well, and working very hard. Since he had gotten here he has been training 20 hours a week, which is a big change, but he is handling it well. Rezne has been a pleasant surprise for me, and he has changed my mind about red-shirting him this year. I have decided to put him on the travel team so he can gain some experience this year, as we our swimming two of the best teams in the country,” he said an e-mail to the Saipan Tribune.
What caught the eye of Wales is Wong's Top 10 overall finish at the Duke “Ocean Mile” race last Aug. 25 and his great showing in the Waikiki Roughwater Swim on Labor Day. Wales said the two races really showed Wong's will to race.
“Rezne will travel to California with the team when the University of Hawaii swims against U.C. Berkley on Oct. 9 and Stanford University on Oct. 10. Rezne still has a lot to learn, but we are in the process of working on some of his weaknesses. We have been working on his stroke technique, and getting him stronger. He is a pleasure to work with and is quickly becoming a team favorite due to his work ethic and pleasant demeanor. He really is a great kid...,” said Wales.
Wong, for his part, is ecstatic about being a part of the team and appreciates the help the Rainbow Warriors' coaching staff has done to make him a better swimmer.
“On the swimming side, I think the team is awesome. We have one of the fastest NCAA Division 1 swimming teams in the U.S. The UH Rainbow Warriors/Wahine have been getting faster the past few years. I am glad that the team is not only fast, but also very friendly and accepting. It is usually hard to find a swim team that makes an effort to stay connected as a team, both on and off the pool. I love this team. Also, we have an excellent coaching staff. I am very excited to learn as much as possible from our five coaches with different backgrounds. I can't wait to race!” he said.
Back to college life, Wong said it is definitely a big leap from high school and that he is savoring every minute of it.
“College life is amazing. You are given so much freedom, and there is a lot of room for failure, or success, whichever you choose. This is when discipline, self-control, and commitment that you developed in your younger years come into play. There are a lot of adjustments, but it is worth the effort. Life is great for me right now. I try to give my best at class, in the pool, and anything that I am involved with. I pray that God will strengthen me to the finish, and I know that it is only through Him that I will succeed,” he said.