CRANFORD, NJ – Cranford High School senior Isabella DeSimone, Bella to her friends, committed to continue her swimming career at Niagara University with family, friends, coaches and staff looking on.

DeSimone, who has been swimming since the age of six is also an accomplished runner on the varsity track team. Choosing between the two was not easy but the senior chose swimming because it's her first love “I can’t imagine not being in the pool,” she said.

Looking forward to swimming for the Purple Eagles DeSimone said, “I chose Niagara because I loved the coach, the team was so welcoming, I’m also looking forward to the change and meeting new people.”

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Another reason DeSimone chose Niagara was its nursing program and the knowledge that many of the swimmers are also nursing students. “It will help with building a team atmosphere and study schedules, I think it will make it easier when we have something in common.”

The three-season athlete has a lengthy list of achievements which include: a 12-time varsity letter winner; Captain of Cross Country, Swim Team and Spring Track; Cranford HS swim records in the 50 Free, 200 free relay, 200 medley relay and 400 free; a member of the 2015 State Sectional Champs (First time in CHS history); a part of the 200-yard Freestyle Relay team that broke the USA NJ State record in 2014; Holds CHS track records in the 4X100 relay and the 4X800 relay

DeSimone’s talents extend beyond her athletic ability; she is an Honor Roll student, a certified EMT, works at the Cranford Rescue Squad, a Certified Swim instructor, Coaches the Cranford Swim and Tennis club summer swim team

Her most “rewarding” experience is being a Special Olympics Swim Coach for the SeaHawks swim team.

When asked what she will miss about high-school De Simone said, “The close-knit atmosphere and all of my friends.”