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:
- Taylor Ruck, Stanford (Canada)
- Olivia Carter, Georgia (USA)
- Ida Hulkko, Florida State (Finland)
- Faith Knelson, Arizona (Canada)
- Dean Farris, Harvard (USA)
- Javier Acevedo, Georgia (Canada)
- Giovanni Izzo, NC State (Italy)
- Jarod Arroyo, Arizona State (Puerto Rico)
- Ruslan Gaziev, Ohio State (Canada)
- Mario Koenigsperger, USC (New Zealand)
- Grant House, Arizona State (USA)