From ages 5-18 Charlie swam for the Oak Park Swim Club in Raleigh, North Carolina. Charlie says his fondest memories of summer swimming were, “racing against his best friends one minute and playing cards with them the next…” For years his parents volunteered to help run Oak Park swim meets. Like most families in the neighborhood, Charlie’s family found summer swimming as a wonderful way to share in their community’s experience of their neighborhood.
In April of 2010, Charlie wrote a business plan in one of his final classes at the University of Michigan. That business plan became the foundation of what is now HydroXphere®, incorporated in January of 2012.
The product, Meet Central™, is powered by the strength of swimming; millions of young summer swimmers compete nationwide! Charlie also believes that an investment toward these swimmers and their neighborhood communities comes first and foremost. On that conviction, Charlie used his gold medal money from the Olympics to build a prototype of Meet Central™.
In February of 2013, Charlie met Michael Curran during a business luncheon and began discussing the vision of HydroXphere®. Michael volunteered at his three children’s summer swim meets for years and understands the manual complexities and the lack of real-time information for parents and swimmers. Michael also has a passion for swimming and is one of the Founders of the Triangle Aquatic Center, a nonprofit public aquatic facility in Cary, North Carolina and serves on its Board as President.
Michael has over thirty years of successful entrepreneurial business experience starting companies and delivery quality products and services to a national market. In 2013, Charlie and Michael partnered together to develop Meet Central™, the premier summer swim meet operating system for volunteers, parents and swimmers.
We would love to talk to see if we can address the needs of your summer swim club!
Check out our journey at http://www.hydroxphere.com
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Attending the University of Michigan from 2006-2010, Houchin was a part of what is considered to be one of the best training groups ever assembled. The group, led by Coach Bob Bowman (and assisted by Hall of Fame Coach Jon Urbanchek) boasted a half dozen Olympians, including Bowman’s protégé, Michael Phelps.
After his collegiate career at Michigan, Houchin elected to begin his professional swimming career under the guidance of Coach Sean Hutchison. Hutchison’s approach to the sport was unquestionably successful with his newest swimmer. Within just the first four months of working together, Houchin swam at U.S. Nationals qualifying for his first major international competition, the Pan Pacific Championships. Two weeks later at Pan Pacs, Houchin placed 5th in the 400 Freestyle, becoming the second fastest American in the event for 2010 and also earning a spot as a member of the 2011 World Championship Team.
In the fall of 2011, Houchin began his final year of preparation for the Olympic Trials competing at the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara. Houchin walked away from the Pan Am Games a 2x gold medalist in the 400m Freestyle as well as the 4×200 Freestyle Relay.
Realizing a career-long goal, Houchin qualified for the 2012 Olympic Team. 4 weeks later at the London Olympics he earned his first Olympic gold medal as a member of the 4×200 Freestyle Relay.
At the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Houchin split a 1:45.59 as he combined with teammates Conor Dwyer, Ryan Lochte, and Ricky Berens to win gold in the 4×200 Freestyle Relay.
2013 World Championship Gold Medalist, 4×200 Freestyle Relay (1:45.59)
2012 Olympic Team Member
2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, 4×200 Freestyle Relay
2x Gold Medalist at the 2011 Pan American Games (400m Freestyle & 4×200 Freestyle Relay)
2011 World Championship Team Member
5th, 400 Freestyle, 2010 Pan Pacific Championships
All-American & Big Ten Champion, University of Michigan, 2006-2010
B.A. University of Michigan