Andrew Couchon Transfers from Indiana to Texas, Joins 2020-21 Longhorn Roster

After entering the NCAA transfer portal in JuneAndrew Couchon has resurfaced on the University of Texas roster for the 2020-21 season.

Couchon spent two seasons with Indiana before his transfer, and as expected, he is listed as a junior on the Longhorn roster. He is originally from the state of Indiana and trained with Carmel Swim Club.

TOP TIMES (SCY)

  • 50 free – 20.33
  • 100 free – 45.09
  • 200 free – 1:40.23 (from high school)
  • 100 breast – 52.78
  • 200 breast – 1:59.76
  • 100 fly – 50.67  (from high school)
  • 200 IM – 1:51.20 (from high school)

“I’m seeking a program where I feel a greater sense of value from the coaching staff and have a better relationship with the coaches themselves,” Couchon told SwimSwam in June. “The kids on IU’s team are incredible and truly deserve the best; you’ll never hear me say a bad word about them. Towards the end of this year I just felt as if the relationship between the coaches and myself was fractured, and that for my own wellbeing and happiness it would be best for me to go somewhere else.”

Couchon had bests of 54.43/2:04.13 from high school in the breaststroke events, his specialty. He dropped down to 53.51/1:59.97 as a freshman, then hit his current bests during his sophomore season with the Hoosiers.

IU has a fantastic breaststroke group, and because of that Couchon did not make their Big Ten roster in 2019 or in 2020. That said, at the 2020 Boiler-Make-It Qualification meet (a last-chance meet at Purdue for the 2020 NCAAs), Couchon clocked his 100 breast lifetime best (52.78) and ended last season as IU’s #2 100 breaststroker.

Couchon’s 52.78 in the 100 breast ranked him 41st in the country last season; it took a 52.46 to get a 2020 NCAA invite. He joins a Texas breaststroke group led by sophomore Caspar Corbeau and junior Charlie Scheinfeld, both NCAA qualifiers in 2020. Junior Braden Vines and sophomore Jacob Foster were both NCAA qualifiers last season in the 200 breast, too.

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Stewie
1 year ago

#burntheships

DMacNCheez
1 year ago

Texas men, Indiana coaching, and a major Transfer, all in one article?? Christmas came early for the comment section

wolfensf
1 year ago

Suspect as far as swimming – i.e. he will be left off the roster if he qualified for NCAA’s more than likely.

swimgeek
Reply to  wolfensf
1 year ago

Did you read his statement? It didn’t really mince words about his relationship with IU coaches (though it was polite). Maybe he just wanted to put himself into the best possible swimming situation for his own swimming improvement – without focusing on making the NCAA team.

Horninco
Reply to  wolfensf
1 year ago

The same was said about Staka and Jiang when but they got to campus and turned into key pieces on a team that had a very good shot at winning NCAA’s.

You never know, maybe the Texas Tap Water will do him well.

swimfan210_
1 year ago

Caught it with only 4 comments #herebeforeithappens

2022 Fan
1 year ago

41nd is my favorite number

Delusional IU Fan
1 year ago

Ray Looze is still the GOAT!

Horninco
Reply to  Delusional IU Fan
1 year ago

Username checks out

Austinpoolboy
1 year ago

52.78 ranked 13th in the big ten and 2nd on IU’s team.

Guerra
1 year ago

You can’t be soft and make it at Indiana.

Swimmmmer
Reply to  Guerra
1 year ago

So if a swimmer doesn’t get along with the coach, that automatically makes them soft? The great coaches out there truly care about their swimmers and would bend over backwards to help them “make it” not just in the pool but in life.

jvog88
Reply to  Guerra
1 year ago

I don’t think anyone who makes it to 52 in the 100 breast is soft…

Swimfan
Reply to  Guerra
1 year ago

Guerra…perhaps it’s not a matter of being “soft” or Tough enough… perhaps it may be a matter of personal integrity. Andrew is an excellent student and a competitor. It makes perfect sense to me that he would seek out the best possible team culture to finish his college career and that starts with the coaching staff. Hook ‘em Andrew!

Guerra
Reply to  Swimfan
1 year ago

Only someone with something to hide, like softness, would make comments like he did on the way out.

Samiam
Reply to  Guerra
1 year ago

His comments appear to be a class act, probably just like him! Complements his team mates, wishes them well, and respectfully states coaching issues. All people deserve to be treated respectfully and all athletes should be supported and encouraged by their coaching staff!!! Not sure where ‘you’ get off seeing him as ‘soft’. Do you actually know the young man?

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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