Charlie HouchinCEO, Founder & Olympian
Keith AlperinSoftware Architect
Jason DeanaSales Manager
Trace SauterTechnology/Strategy Associate
After earning a gold medal at the London Olympics in the 4×200 Freestyle Relay, Charlie temporarily stepped away from the pool at the end of 2012 to lay much of the foundation for Swimmingly.
Charlie’s favorite part of the sport is the youth & parents involved in summer club swimming: Swimmingly’s mission. Charlie believes that the parent volunteers and swimmers are the heroes of summer swimming–without them, the meets would not happen!
While training full-time as well as building the Swimmingly team, Charlie traveled to Barcelona as a member of the 2013 World Championships. Representing Team USA, Houchin capped a successful post-Olympic year by winning gold in the 4×200 Freestyle Relay with Conor Dwyer, Ryan Lochte, and Ricky Berens. The quartet of men extended Team USA’s dominance in the event to 10 consecutive years; the first victory in that stretch without Michael Phelps.
Swimmingly saw one of its first victories in 2013 when the business attracted long-time Entrepreneur Mike Curran. Mike and Charlie’s complimenting areas of knowledge and expertise successfully brought the partnership to fruition. However, it is both mens passion for serving the youth in the sport of swimming that made Swimmingly a natural fit.
Hayes has qualified for both the World Youth Championship and National Junior Team. He was a finalist at the 2009 World Championship Trials, competed in the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, and helped bring home a NCAA National Championship for the Longhorns.
Because of his performance in the water and his leadership on deck, Hayes was elected team captain of the University of Texas Men’s Swim Team. After graduating from the University of Texas with a dual degree in Sociology and Education, Hayes worked at Capital Sports and Entertainment (CSE) where he focused on marketing and sponsorship projects for Lance Armstrong and the professional and amateur cycling teams.
Hayes shared his expertise and love of swimming with the Hillwood Country Club, serving as their head coach before joining the Swimmingly team. Through his eternal optimism and innovation, Hayes is thrilled to bring the ease and efficiency of Swimmingly to the swimming community in order to make the best sport more accessible. When Hayes isn’t working to improve swimming, he can be found in the midst of his closest friends and loved ones. He thrives off the energy of others, making authentic human connections, and sharing his passion for swimming.
Michael spent the next five years managing the Curran Family Foundation, which he founded in 2003. During that time, he led a project to build the Triangle Aquatic Center (TAC) in Cary, North Carolina. TAC is a 72,000 square foot nonprofit public aquatic facility that opened to the communities of the Triangle in October of 2007. It is one of the largest nonprofit public aquatic facilities ever built in the country without tax funding or subsidies. Home to the TAC TITANS, a year-round USA swim team, TAC offers a 50-meter pool, a 10-lane 25-yard pool, a warm water instruction pool, and spectator seating for 1,000.
In 2009, Michael joined CAPTRUST Financial Advisors to build out a nonqualified deferred compensation consulting division. After the successful build out of the nonqualified division, Michael decided to pursue his passion for aquatic innovation with Swimmingly.
Jason swimming accomplishments are numerous, including an individual High School State Championship in PA, qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Trials, and becoming an NCAA All-American at NC State University. Serving as Team Captain for NC State, he helped lead the team to its second straight ACC Championship in 2016, as well as the team’s first Top-4 NCAA finish in over 50 years.
Jason majored in Sport Management at NC State and spent a year interning for HydroXphere, then receiving a full-time Sales position with the Carolina Hurricanes. Before returning to HydroXphere full-time, Jason worked for Octagon, a global Sports Marketing & Entertainment agency.
Jason’s passion and love for swimming brought him back to HydroXphere. With Jason’s strong background in the sport industry and his passion for swimming, he joins the HydroXphere team as another oustanding team member.
After graduating, Trace worked in risk management at a large financial institution for 6 years and took up masters swimming and competitive triathlon. He joined Swimmingly in the summer of 2018 as a technical adviser and is thrilled with the opportunity to combine his passions for technology and swimming to help create an exciting and fun experience for families entering the sport.
Trace is currently pursuing both an MBA and a Masters in Computer Science at the University of Chicago. He looks forward to taking lessons he learns in the classroom and putting them to use in real-time to serve Swimmingly and its customers.
Team Swimmingly Expert Checklist
|We have been to every meet under the sun!||✓|
|SUMMER SWIMMING||Age 3-18|
|Summer Swimmer in Leagues of ALL Sizes||✅|
|Summer Swim Team Coach||✅|
|Summer Swim Team Volunteer|
Timer, Stroke & Turn, Scorekeeper, Referee, Runner, Clerk of Course, Food/Water Tray
|Summer Swim Team Rep||✅|
|League Champs Meet Organize||✅|
|YEAR-ROUND SWIMMING||Ages 6-18|
|YMCA & USA Swimming||✅|
|Year-Round Swim Coach||✅|
|USA Swim Team Board Members||✅|
|Every Meet Under the Sun!|
Age-Group Meets to the Olympic Games
|National Junior Team Members||✅|
|National Team Members||✅|
|Olympic Team Members||✅|
|Olympic Gold Medalist||✅|
|COLLEGIATE SWIMMING||NCAA Division I - III|
|Michigan, Texas, NC State, MIT||✅|
|NCAA Swim Team Captains||✅|
|COMMUNITY||ALWAYS : )|
|Build & Construct a World-Class Swimming Facility|
Triangle Aquatic Center
|Run Clinics & Live Events for the Swimming Community||✅|