IRVINE CA - AUGUST 18: Charlie Houchin swims in the men's 200 meter freestyle preliminary heat during the Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center on August 18 2010 in Irvine California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
University of Michigan alumnus Charlie Houchin will be representing Team USA in the men's 200-meter free relay.
University of Michigan alumnus Charlie Houchin's strength as a swimmer rested in the 400-meter free style, which made it all the more surprising when he failed to qualify for the 2012 Olympic games in the event. Despite the sting, Houchin refocused he sights on qualifying for the team. Via the News Observer:
"I let myself be upset for a little while," Houchin said, "and then I put it behind me."
Two days after failing to qualify in the 400-meter free style, Houchin was able to make his Olympic dreams come true when he punched his ticket to London in the men's 200-meter freestyle relay. Finishing with a time of 1:46.88, the Michigan alumnus dropped 1.5 seconds from his best time prior to the trial. Via his official website:
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.