CRANFORD MALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Chaz DeSimone, varsity swimmer

“Junior Chaz (Charles) DeSimone is our fastest breaststroker on the team, has continuously placed first or second in the 100 breast, and also came in first against Westfield in his event. He is also one of our top 50 freestyler sprinters for the team. Chaz swims four events at each meet — the max is four — and never complains about doing more than his part for the team. He is eager to compete and improve his time each time he goes up on the starting blocks. He is filling out the questionnaire and I will send that to you shortly.”
Coach Colleen Donnelly

What is your favorite part of swimming?
“I’m competitive by nature and love the challenge of swimming against the best swimmers in the county.”

In what way has the sport benefited you?
“It has taught me the importance of teamwork and leadership. It has also helped my endurance in and out of the pool.”

What is your biggest challenge in swimming?
“Knowing that every swim may not be your best and how that may affect the team’s score.”

How do you get ready for a swimming meet?
“Before I swim, I like to mentally prepare myself by visualizing my swim. I like to get together with my teammates and get everyone psyched up.”

What’s your favorite memory of this season?
“The 200 free relay against Governor Livingston. I was the anchor in that relay and we were neck and neck every lap, and I was able to dig deep and touch him out at the wall.”

Who are your favorite professional athletes?
“Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots tight-end.”

What is your favorite subject in school?
“I enjoy history class and studying about America’s past.”

What other hobbies do you have?
“In my free time, I enjoy weightlifting, playing video games, fishing and hanging with my friends.”

What are your plans after high school?
“I would like to go to college and potentially join an ROTC program.”

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