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Olympic gold medalist Houchin back in Raleigh making youth swim meets easier

Posted July 13, 2015

— The hectic world of a summer swim meet is where Charlie Houchin feels right at home.

"I grew up swimming at Oak Park here in Raleigh,” Houchin said. “Summer swimming is just very special."

Houchin went from neighborhood pools as a youngster all the way to the Olympics, where he earned a gold medal during the 2012 Summer Games in London. He retired in 2014 and has since returned to where it all started.

"It's been a lot of fun,” Houchin said. “It's been an adventure."

With a little help from his team, Houchin has created an app that works on smart phones and tablets to run swim meets. No more paper.

With the app, Meet Central, a typical summer meet now requires fewer volunteers and all of the results are instant. A simple download can save hours of prep time and man power. Swim meets at the grass roots level are now made simpler by a guy who has been to the top.

"We have swim clubs and leagues across seven states and two countries," Houchin explained. "Being able to leverage my experience in the sport and share that through technology has been a lot of fun"

Houchin also takes the time to share his gold medal and the many stories of years in the pool...while truly enjoying his new life on much drier ground.

"It was a simple decision,” Houchin said. “There are days when I miss the competitive nature of it, but as far as the mental outlook, I get that with the company."

And it is a company that has made quite a splash in its first two years.

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