Two-Year NCAA Scorer Grant House Taking Olympic Redshirt For Arizona State

Grant House will be taking an Olympic redshirt season, sitting out what would have been his junior season with Arizona State to train for the U.S. Olympic Trials.

House was an NCAA scorer in the 200 free in both his freshman and sophomore seasons. He was 14th as a college rookie in 2018 and tied for 10th last year as a sophomore. House also swam on two scoring relays at NCAAs in 2019. He was responsible for 6.5 individual points for Arizona State last year, one of three returning NCAA scorers.

Arizona State coach Bob Bowman confirmed the news to SwimSwam today: “It made sense when we took into account his academic program over the next couple years and our belief that he would really benefit from an additional year of development,” Bowman said. “It also is a strategically sound long-term move for our team given the class we have coming in 2020.”

House competed for Team USA this summer in both the World University Games and Pan American Games. He was a relay-only member of the World University Games team (also known as the Summer Universiade) and won a gold medal as a member of the men’s 4×200 free relay team. At Pan Ams, he made the men’s 200 free final, finishing 6th. He also won silvers as part of the men’s 4×100 free relay and 4×200 free relay.

Here are his top times in both yards and meters:

House’s Top Times

  • 100y free: 43.44
  • 200y free: 1:32.29
  • 200y IM: 1:42.83
  • 100m free: 49.84
  • 200m free: 1:46.95
  • 100m fly: 53.89
  • 200m IM: 2:00.05

His best chances to make the U.S. Olympic team appear to be in the 4×100 and 4×200 free relays. Last season, House was just 1:48.4 in the 200-meter free, but his career-best from 2018 would have ranked 9th among Americans.

House is the second major name to sit out this college season for the Arizona State men. Freshman Jarod Arroyo is deferring his enrollment to train for the Olympics, where he hopes to represent Puerto Rico. As in most Olympic years, the list of redshirts across the nation continues to grow. As of now, reported redshirts and/or deferrals include:

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3 years ago

I’d be interested to have listing of where each of these athletes intents to train during redshirt year.

3 years ago

Lost Cameron Craig and now House… ouch.

Reply to  Really
3 years ago

Cam Craig was the only L

3 years ago

Smart move.

3 years ago

Erm… OK.

3 years ago

hopefully he will be faithful to team USA

Bo Swims
Reply to  FSUgirl
3 years ago

This ^ is plain ignorance, look up the FINA rules on switching sporting citizenship before posting a nonsensical comment like this.

He can’t up and switch countries now even if he had another citizenship. He swam for the US team at WUGS / Pan Ams which would mean the transfer process couldn’t start until afterwards. The transfer process takes around a year and would keep him out of the Olympics. SMH

3 years ago

Dude is a super talent. Wish him the best of luck. Has to be better than the 1;54+ he went in a seeded heat at 2016 Trials.

Reply to  Buckeyeboy
3 years ago

He’s been 1:46

Reply to  Markster
3 years ago

Yep. Best time was 1:46.95 from 2018.

Reply to  Swimfan
3 years ago

That definitely puts in conversation for relay spot in 4×200

3 years ago

So many 1:46s this summer. Gearing up to be a fun OT 2020! Best of luck Grant!

3 years ago

Are they still coached by their college coach or do they go elsewhere?

Bo Swims
Reply to  Confused
3 years ago

It depends on the athlete and country. Ruck has confirmed she’ll back in Toronto.

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