Charlie Swanson is emerging as one of the USA’s next generation of 400 I.M swimmers. The Virginia native swam for NOVA of Virginia under Geoff Brown before heading to the University of Michigan where he quickly made an impact.
Swanson was a member of the USA Junior National Team for the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 seasons. In 2015 he earned his first international call up at the World Junior Swimming Championships in Singapore. In the 400 meter medley he finished just off the podium in fourth in 4:20:37.
A year later at the 2016 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, he won his first international medals. He earned silver in the 400 meter medley behind his compatriot, Sean Grieshop and a bronze in the 200 meter medley.
2016 U.S. Olympic Trials
Swanson qualified for four events at the Olympic Trials. He made it to the finals of the 400 meter medley, finishing seventh in 4:21.62. He also finished 38th in the 200 meter medley and 73rd in the 200 meter breaststroke.
University of Michigan
Swanson went to Michigan as part of an impressive freshman group that scored over 400 points for the Wolverines at the Big Ten Championships. Swanson added 71 points by himself, thanks to a gold medal in the 400 yard medley. As the only freshman swimmer in the finals, he dominated the race to finish more than three seconds ahead of second place. He also made the final of the 200 yard breaststroke, finishing eighth and added more points with a 10th place finish in the 200 yard medley.