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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CT Swim Fan

I’m wondering if Swim Swam ever did a story in 2016 that dealt with NCAA swimmers taking a red shirt year and how many of them actually benefited (made an Olympic team) by doing it.

Chaitha D.

That’s a great idea

Becky D

Another benefit — although hard to evaluate — is “not flunking out of school”

Club Coach

I was wondering pretty much the same thing – does taking the redshirt year actually improve the chances of making a team. Also, is this more of a foreign athlete phenomenon as the list provided has 8 swimmers vying for Olympic spots for other countries or teams, and only three for the USA

Bo Swims

For the Canadians especially the men the main reason is timing of NCAA (Men – March 25-28) and our trials (March 30 – April 5, 2020). Why would any Canadian male waste a year of eligibility ‘or shot at the Olympics. As for Ruck this is largely about leaving nothing to chance by training at HPCO, the Canadian women have a legitimate opportunity to win both Freestyle relays in Tokyo. Pretty sure the core of those relays are all training together for the season with Maggie MacNeil being the exception.

B1G Daddy

The prevailing opinion post 2016 Olympic Trials was there was no clear right answer. Chase Kalisz, Jordan Wilimovsky, Simone Manuel and Katie Ledecky redshirted and swam great, but a large number of Olympians swam at the ’16 NCAA’s and performed at an incredibly high level.. To name just a few:

– Kathleen Baker
– Gunnar Bentz
– Jack Conger
– Caeleb Dressel
– Hali Flickinger
– Townley Haas
– Ryan Held
– Lilli King
– Jay Litherland
– Ryan Murphy
– Lia Neal
– Jacob Pebley
– Blake Pieroni
– Josh Prenot
– Clark Smith
– Leah Smith
– Olivia Smoliga
– Kelsi Worrell

I think you will also find when looking closely that 2016 was also the career year for a number of these swimmers as well.


Certainly a dude with a strong outside chance of snagging a relay spot if he can improve on his 2018 time. 1:32 in scy seems like nothing these days but before the recent 2 free explosion was an elite time for sure.


So strange that this 2Free explosion hasn’t spilled over into the long course pool


I think the 200 free SCY actually translates better to a LCM 100 free, 200 free stroke LCM is different, grabbing more water than a 100 where you can turn it over more. Mens 200 frees at NCAAs have been on point the last few years and that coincides with success in the LCM 100 free the past few years coincidence or not, some examples are Farris, Pieroni, and Apple

Texas Tap Water

I agree. It’s also the same way in women’s 200 free with Manuel, Comerford, and Ledecky translated their great 200 free scy into lcm

Loretta Race

I agree with you.


Different race. 200 free lcm you need to be much more controlled on the front half to be able to charge on the back half. IMO the reason why we’ve had such an explosion in the 200 scy is cause guys realized they can go out harder and hang on. It helps to have all the walls in short course. But they try that tactic in long course and it doesn’t necessarily work…


Good point about the free pacing for SCY, at the top level everything from 500 on down is a controlled sprint or drop dead sprint for the 100 and 50.

Bo Swims

Walls and it’s only 181 meters.


Good luck

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