Scottsdale’s Claire Grover Stays In-State With Verbal To ASU

UPDATE as of October 12, 2017: Grover deleted her previous Instagram post and reposted a new verbal commitment to UCLA: “beyond excited to represent the UCLA Bruin for the next 4 years??? #ucla #la


High school junior Claire Grover has opted to stay in-state for her college career, verbally committing to swim for the Arizona State Sun Devils beginning in the fall of 2018.

Grover currently swims for Scottsdale Aquatics, and attends Boulder Creek High School in Anthem, Arizona.

She specializes in sprint free and breast, and will join a budding breaststroke group over at Arizona State. She’ll train alongside rising Finnish breaststroker Silja Kansakoski, won the Pac-12 title in the 100 breast this past season in her freshman year. Along with Kansakoski, ASU has added Lizzy Spears and Abigail Mawae who will both be training breaststroke as well.

Grover won both the 50 free and 100 breast at the 2016 Arizona High School Division 1 Championships, including snapping a 10-year-old high school state record in the 50. She also earned a 5th place finish at the 2016 Winter Junior Championships in the 100 breast, and qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials in the event as well.

Grover’s Top SCY Times

  • 100 breast – 1:01.34
  • 200 breast – 2:12.09
  • 50 free – 22.71
  • 100 free – 50.72
  • 200 free – 1:56.45
  • 200 IM – 2:06.07

Though none of her times currently have her in NCAA scoring position, she’s not far off. At the conference level, Grover is right on the cusp of becoming an A-finalist right out of the gate in the breaststrokes, and her 50 free is right in B-final territory. Her sprint abilities should immediately aid the Sun Devil free relays.

Along with Spears and Mawae, Grover joins Brady Estrada in ASU‘s class of 2022.

Officially a Sun Devil?

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4 years ago

Nice pick up for the Sun Devils!!! Hey Coach me thinks you need elevator sneakers. Well done Bob and ASU.

4 years ago

She has a nice Instagram.

Reply to  2Fat4Speed
4 years ago


4 years ago

Is this the same or different Bob Bowman that won one Big 10 title in five years?

Reply to  Marge
4 years ago

How many have you won?

Reply to  ChestRockwell
4 years ago

I personally haven’t won any. But I’m not paid a 6-figure salary to win Big Ten Championships either. I don’t know about Marge, but I do pay money to be a swim fan though, so I guess I believe that makes me entitled to have an opinion on his success as a coach.

Then again – swimming never really has liked ‘fans,’ have they? Swimming has always had a heirarchy of opinions that matter based exclusively on the number of medals you win. No wonder swimmers make so much money **eyeroll**.

Reply to  ChestRockwell
4 years ago

Chest, If Marge is Margaret Kelly then I would say the number is 6.

Six-time Big Ten Champion (2010: 200-yard Individual Medley; 2008: 100-yard Butterfly, 200-yard Individual Medley, 400-yard Freestyle Relay; 2007: 200-yard Freestyle Relay, 400-yard Freestyle Relay)

He Gets It Done Again
Reply to  Marge
4 years ago

Who knows, there are thousands of NCAA Division I swim coaches named Bob Bowman

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