RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Rising college freshman Deanna Calantoni (Woodbridge, N.J./Woodbridge) signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to continue her bowling career at Felician University during the NCAA's recently-concluded regular signing period, Felician first-year head women's coach Taylor Strothmann announced today.
Calantoni will be the second scholarship newcomer to join the Golden Falcons for the 2018-19 campaign. Right-hander Kaitlyn Lowey (Fords, N.J./Union Catholic) committed to Felician by signing an NLI during the NCAA early signing period in November 2017.
Calantoni, a 5-foot-7 right-hander, is a two-time First Team all-Greater Middlesex Conference (GMC) selection for Woodbridge High School. She helped lead the Barrons to the 2015-16 GMC championship, and placed third individually in the 2016-17 conference championship tournament. She was among the GMC Athletes of the Week for Feb. 12, 2017.
"Deanna is the type of athlete who is ready to learn, grow and adapt," Strothmann said. "I am fully confident that she is ready not only to be a part of this team, but to make a powerful impact."
Calantoni graduated from Woodbridge High in 2017. She did not attend college during the 2017-18 academic year, and possesses four years of NCAA eligibility. She intends to major in criminal justice at Felician.
Also on Sunday, Strothmann announced that recent high-school graduate Natalie Swindell (Toms River, N.J./Toms River South) has enrolled at Felician University and plans to join the women's bowling team.
Felician is a member of NCAA Division II and is an associate member of the East Coast Conference for women's bowling. The Golden Falcons' other 13 varsity intercollegiate teams compete in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.