Tanner Barton, a dual major in health science and Spanish with minors in interpersonal relations and history, knows how to keep busy.

The cocaptain of Ball State’s men’s swimming and diving team and member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s executive board is an international spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and has maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average (GPA) throughout his college career.

The Dublin, Ohio native’s college search hinged on three criteria: swimming on an NCAA Division I team, a robust honors college, and specific dietary accommodations for his Type I diabetes and celiac disease. He found all that and more at Ball State. Thanks to the resources offered by Ball State dining services, including a staff nutritionist and dietitian who helps students with special menu planning, he knew he would be able to find great food in the dining halls.

The moment I arrived on campus, Ball State became my home away from home. The community and support I have found here make me proud to be a Cardinal. I am so thankful for the opportunities I’ve had to represent Ball State in and out of the pool. This is absolutely the right place for me.

Tanner plans to become a Certified Diabetes Educator and draw on his experience growing up with Type 1 diabetes to help children manage the chronic disease and persevere through adversity.

About Tanner

Class of 2017
Hometown: Dublin, Ohio
Majors: Health science and Spanish
Minors: Interpersonal relations and history
Activities: Co-captain for the men's swimming and diving team, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Executive Board, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International Spokesperson, Mid-American Conference (MAC) representative to the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum


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