Sandpipers Distance Swimmer Ethan Houck Makes Commitment to Denver for 2020

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Ethan Houck, the brother of Harvard’s Logan Houck and Cal Poly’s Hailey, has kept the family in Division 1 swimming with his commitment to Denver University for 2020. A distance swimmer like his siblings, Houck will join a Denver team that has absolutely dominated the Summit League since 2014.

“I am both proud and excited to be part of University of Denver’s class of 2024. This University offers me the best of athletics, academics, and comradery that I’ve always wanted in a collegiate program. I can’t wait to be a Pioneer!”

At the 2019 Nevada 3A & 4A State Championship meet, Houck finished 5th place in both the 200 and 500-yard freestyles (1:46.68/4:39.93 respectively). Houck was also the 1,500 LCM freestyle champion at the 2019 CA GWCA Senior Regional Championships (16:30.47) for his club team, the Sandpipers of Nevada; a meet where he also took home bronze medals in the 400/800 LCM freestyles and 400 LCM IM (4:11.90/8:41.79/4:41.48 respectively).

Top Times in Yards:

  • 500 free – 4:36.56
  • 1650 free – 15:40.45
  • 400 IM – 4:03.66

Houck has the ability to make an immediate impact within the Summit League, however, his greatest barrier of entry may just be his own teammates. While his best times in his primary events would place him within the top 6 of the Summit League Championship meet, the only event where he would be the third-fastest swimmer for the Pioneers or better is the 1,650-yard freestyle. He currently joins breaststroker and butterflier Kelby Modene as the confirmed members of the Pioneers’ class of 2024.

Denver has a new head coach this season, Alicia Hicken-Franklin, and this is her first recruiting class.

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