WONG, MANCAO OFF TO WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES
The University of Hawaii-Manoa student Wong will be competing in swimming, while Mancao, who is enrolled at the University of Guam, is entered in cycling. Wong and Mancao's participation in the 2011 World University Games marks the first time that the CNMI will be represented in the biennial competition for college or post high school students.
The International University Sports Federation is organizing the event, which will feature student-athletes from 180 member-countries, including the CNMI. Over 13,000 athletes and officials are expected to take part in the 2011 World University Games, which will run from Aug. 12 to 23.
“We are very proud to be a full member of FISU, which stages the Games, and excited to be participating in the Games. NMASA is confident that these two young men will represent the CNMI, NMASA, their universities, their families, and themselves well and honorably,” NMASA president Michael White said in an email to Saipan Tribune.
Both Wong and Mancao had represented the CNMI in various off-island competitions.
The 20-year-old Wong swam for the CNMI Team that competed in the FINA World Championships in Australia and Rome. He also donned the CNMI colors in the Micronesian Games twice with the last one in the 2010 edition of the quadrennial competition in Palau where he collected 13 gold medals and one silver and went on to take the Top Male Athlete of the Games Award.
Currently, Wong is a member of the UH-Manoa swim team that competes in NCAA Division I tournaments. Wong and company won the Conference USA Championships in February, beating many-time champion Southern Methodist University for the Rainbow Warriors' first title since 2006. In the conference swim, the Marianas High School graduate made it to the finals of three events.
Like Wong, Mancao also represented the CNMI in the 2010 Micronesian Games in Palau and won a gold medal in the triathlon team event and bronze in the individual race. Mancao started competing in middle distance run races before switching to triathlon and cycling a few years ago.