Benjamin Grove was an outstanding student athlete at Handley. He earned membership in the National Honor Society while competing on the swim team in each of his four years. He was the individual state champion in the 100 meter breaststroke in his junior and senior years setting state records both times.
He continued his education at the United States Naval Academy where he was named to the Commandant's List for academic achievement. He earned Second Team All Patriot League honors in 2012 and First Team accolades in 2013.
Ben was a member of the swim team at the Naval Academy for four years. He helped Navy win the 400 meter medley relay at the 2010-11 East Coast Athletic Conference Championship. He qualified in the 100 meter breaststroke for the US Olympic Trials in 2012.
Competing in the 2012-13 Patriot League meet, he won the 100 meter breaststroke with a Naval Academy record time of 54.45. He also set career-best times of 1:59.43 in placing third in the 200m breaststroke and 1:50.75 in the 200 IM.
Ben served eight years active duty as a Naval Flight Officer following his graduation from the Academy. He flew on the P-8 Poseidon, the U.S. Navy's multi-mission maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft conducting long-range anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). He was an Instructor/Tactical Coordinator/ Mission Commander with multiple deployments to Europe, Asia, and Central/South America.
Ben left the Navy in 2022 and is now working with his family in their construction business.