Senior (2013-14): Griffel continued his career as one of the Cowboys most dynamic sprinters in his final season with the Pokes. He earned All-Western Athletic Conference honors in four events. Griffel finished third in the 200 freestyle at the WAC Championships with a career-best time of 1:35.24. His mark in the event was second fastest time in Pokes' history. He also earned Second Team All-WAC by placing fifth in the 500 freestyle with a career-best time of 4:25.67. Griffel also competed in the 100 freestyle at the WAC Championships, an event that he finished 10th. He was also a part of the 800 freestyle relay team that won the event at the WAC Championship with a school record time. He also was part of a school record in the 400 freestyle relay team that finished third at the WAC championship.
Junior: (2012-13): Griffel was one of the cornerstones of the Cowboys in his third season at UW. He earned First Team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honors after finishing second in the 200 meter freestyle with a personal-best 1:36.89, he also placed third in the 500 meter freestyle with a time of 4:25.38. He earned Second Team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honors after finishing sixth in the 100 meter freestyle with a personal-best time of 44.63, he also was part of the 800 freestyle relay team that finished in second place at the MPSF Championships. Ethan recorded an impressive weekend in duals against Air Force, Seattle and North Dakota, as he earned four first-place finishes with wins in the 200 freestyle (1:41.80), 100 freestyle (46.12), 500 freestyle (4:43.89) and 400 freestyle relay. Griffel was also part of the 400 (2:56.76) and 800 (6.28.62) freestyle relay teams that broke school records. He earned Honorable Mention Scholar All-America honors by College Swimming Coaches Association. Ethan also earned his third Academic All-MPSF honor to round out his successful season in the pool and in the classroom.
Sophomore: (2011-12): After a breakout freshman season, Griffel picked up where he left off in his sophomore season. He won two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships in the 200-yard and 500 freestyle. At the MPSF Championships, Griffel blew away the competition during his two championship swims. In the 500 free, he swam a MPSF-record time of 4:24.47, which is also the second-fastest time in Cowboy history. He also won the conference championship in the 200 free with the second-fastest time in Wyoming history of 1:36.96. He was not finished winning conference championships as he helped the 800 freestyle relay team to a conference championship, as well as a MPSF and UW record time of 6:31.62. Griffel and the 400 freestyle relay squad also set a school record placing second with a time of 2:59.02. His other individual event at the MPSF Championship was the 100 free, he swam a personal-best time of 45.78 and placed 19th. He also had solid swims at the Houston Cougar Classic winning two events and setting a personal-best time. He won the 200 and 500 freestyle with times of 4:32.13 and 1:36.30, respectively. Griffel also swam a personal-best time in the 50 freestyle placing 14th with a time of 21.51. He helped the 800 freestyle relay team to a second-place finish with a time of 6:49.92.
Freshman: (2010-11): Griffel was another outstanding freshman for the Cowboys in 2011 with three top-five finishes and one runner-up finish at the Mountain West Championships. He took second place at the conference championship in the 200 freestyle posting an NCAA `B' cut time of 1:37.72. His time in the 200 free was the second fastest in UW history. His second individual top five came in the 500 free where he placed fifth. Griffel's 200 and 500 free top-five finishes earned him All-MW honors for the first time in his young Cowboy career. He also helped the 800 freestyle team to a fourth-place finish. He touched the wall in first place in the 200 free four times during the season, most notably against Air Force, where he also picked up a win in the 100 free. He earned his first letter award for the Cowboys.
High School: Griffel had an exceptional high school career being named All-American and his team's Swimmer of the Year all four years. He competed in the junior nationals in 2009 and 2010. Griffel competed in the YMCA nationals in 2008, `09 and `10 while a member of his high school team. Griffel also excelled in the classroom during high school. He graduated a member of the National Honor Society and was named Scholastic All-American all four years of high school.
Personal: Griffel was born July 29, 1991, and is the son of David and Sally Griffel. He has two siblings, Jordan and Colter. He is majoring in kinesiology and health promotion at UW.