Barrett helped attract elite swimmer Grant House to ASU

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March 9, 2018

Grant House, an elite-level, record-setting swimmer and the No. 4 recruit in the nation, had several universities vying for his attention when he was a high-schooler looking for a place to take his talents. He chose Arizona State University.

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Grant House dives off a starting block in a race.

Of course, the powerhouse swimmer from Mainville, Ohio was attracted to ASU because of the outstanding men’s swim program headed by Bob Bowman, the coach of former Olympian Michael Phelps, but he also was interested in a robust education and academic challenges too. When he found out about Barrett Honors College and the opportunities it offered, that clinched his decision to come to Arizona.

He has found that combination of athletics and academics as a free style and Individual Medley specialist on the ASU Men’s Swim Team and as a freshman in Barrett Honors College majoring in exercise and wellness.

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Grant House

“My goal was to take advantage of every opportunity, in swimming and academically. Barrett was a higher opportunity that I could try to reach for. So far, it has exceeded my expectations,” said House, a 2016 Olympic trials qualifier and gold medal winner at the 2015 Junior World Championship.

House said he has enjoyed attending honors-only workshops and events, a leadership class taught by Barrett deans, classes that encourage critical thought and open dialogue, and global engagement opportunities in the honors college.

How does a busy scholar-athlete handle competing at a top level, intense swim practices, physical training, and honors courses?

 “It’s been a struggle at times and there has been a period of adapting, but prioritizing activities, using a planner, and knowing what each day will hold helps a lot. Foresight and preparation help me balance,” he said.

 He also relies on assistance from Barrett academic advisors and faculty to help keep him on track with his classes.

“I am very fortunate to have professors who are understanding and flexible to help me meet class standards and expectations,” said House, whose ultimate goal is to become a performance coach for elite-level athletes.

Read more about House here.


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