May 24, 2011
Congratulations Chris for all your successes in swimming and being selected as
Orange County Register's Male Swimmer of the Year!
University's Wong is top male swimmer for 2011
Chris Wong powered into uncharted waters this spring.
The University senior used his speed, consistency and versatility to go undefeated during the regular season and finish as the only boy to lead Orange County in two individual events.
For his efforts, Wong is the OCVarsity.com/Orange County Register's male swimmer of the year.
"It was a good season overall," he said. "I was really happy with my CIF. It was a good way to end my senior year."
Wong showcased his versatility at the Division 1 finals. He captured the 200-yard individual medley – the event that requires use of all four strokes – by almost a second with a county-leading time of 1 minute, 50.70 seconds. The automatic All-America time places him 15th in county history.
The Aquazot club standout finished second in the 100 butterfly to Thousand Oaks senior David Armstrong but still blazed to a county-leading 49.25. The lifetime-best time maintained Wong's grip of the No. 6 position on the county's all-time list.
"My goal was to do well at CIF and that's what motivated throughout the winter and early spring," he said.
Wong again sparkled in the 200 freestyle this season. He broke his own league record at the Pacific Coast League finals with a 1:40.37, which would have placed sixth at the Division 1 finals.
In the 100 backstroke, Wong clocked a 52.13 on April 1, another time that would have cracked the top eight at the Division 1 finals.
He also added a school-record 46.35 in the 100 freestyle to his resume during the Division 1 prelims. He finished his high school career with five individual school records.
Wong also posts impressive numbers inside the classroom. His carries a 4.60 grade-point average.
"There was one B-plus," he said of his academic career. "(Honors) English sophomore year."
Wong has decided to concentrate on academics in college and will attend Stanford, which he calls his "dream school." Wong won't swim for the Cardinal but is considering majoring in engineering.