At the University of Michigan, 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.
Last summer, 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.
Having streamlined his professional career to suit his approach to the sport, Houchin trains with professional squad [iX3]sports, overseen by Bolles Head Coach, Sergio Lopez.
A Native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Houchin resides in Jacksonville, FL. Charlie’s passion for swimming comes from his purpose through his faith in God.
- 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