Freestyle POV from Team USA Training Camp

Allison Schmitt, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, cheesin' big before shaking the President's hand.

Fun on the White House lawn

A couple weeks ago, the Olympic Team was able to travel to the White House.  Aside from enjoying the company of one another, we were able to shake hands with the President, VP, and First Lady.  It was a tremendous … Read More

Interview with Beyond the Ultimate

Here is an interview I did for Beyond the Ultimate ( in the Olympic Village one afternoon.  We didn’t let a little rain get in the way of a good time–thanks to Tim, Nate and everyone else at the Olympics … Read More

Charlie Houchin & Sean Hutchison at Petco Park in San Diego

I have had the privilege to work with many great coaches throughout my career. The following three are most responsible for my development as an athlete.

Ron Turner was my coach at the YMCA of the Triangle and served as the catalyst for my Olympic pursuit. His knowledge and ability to execute in developing talent in our sport is extraordinary. I was so grateful Ron was able to be in the stands for the finals of my 200 Free at Olympic Trials.

I began training with Sergio Lopez at The Bolles School eight months ago. He has successfully guided his high school athletes to unbelievable performances while simultaneously guiding our professional training squad of just over a half-dozen athletes. This season, Sergio guided 4 athletes to Olympic births–two of them American. Throughout my career, I have witnessed how difficult it can be for a coach to direct both developmental groups as well as a professional squad. Sergio does it all.

I was able to learn from and swim for Sean Hutchison for a year after my collegiate career. His approach to teaching is unparalleled. I utilize what I learned from him everyday in practice. I was lucky to swim for him for that short time. You can get a glimpse of his teaching style by checking out his company, IKKOS.

Thank you Ron, Sergio, and Sean.


If you’re like me, then you know how much fun it is to capitalize on the opportunities presented to you! Although my 400 Freestyle at Olympic Trials did not go as I had hoped, I was lucky to have an equally great opportunity in the 200 Freestyle–fortunately, I capitalized on that swim!

I will be representing the United States in the 4×200 Free Relay at the London Olympics. Team USA has an exciting journey ahead of it as we travel to Knoxville for domestic camp, and then on to France before arriving in the Olympic Village.  Hope to include some great pictures of the experience in the coming weeks!


I had the privledge of representing Brazilian club Fiat Minas at last week’s Maria Lenk Trophy Meet in Rio de Janeiro.  I competed with my fellow [iX3]sports and Jacksonville, FL based teammates Diogo Yabe and Fabiola Molina. The five days … Read More

Passion & Purpose

Recently, I spent the afternoon working on a project that was completely unrelated to my life as a professional swimmer.  At the conclusion of the day, I came home, satisfied with how the work had gone.  As I rehashed the … Read More

Kicking 101

The year before I arrived at the University of Michigan, Coach Bowman had the guys do a 400 kick (LC) for time.  We had some very talented kickers, and when I got to school, it was a thrill to challenge … Read More

Training Trip to Miami

This week, we at [iX3]sports have taken our talents to South Beach.  We have enjoyed the training, the South Florida sun, and the camaraderie of teammates who all share similarly high expectations of what’s to come in 2012.  I have … Read More

Risk averse swimming–not ProDual1 athletes

ProDual1 held in Ann Arbor, MI was a success–probably one of the brightest spots of the year for swimming. The stands weren’t full, and the format of the meet didn’t turn the sport on its head.  The wheel hasn’t been reinvented. … Read More