Charlie Houchin Drops Off of SC Worlds Team

  1 Braden Keith | October 16th, 2012 | Featured, National, News

Olympian Charlie Houchin has chosen against swimming at the Short Course World Championships in Istanbul this winter, as USA Swimming has updated their roster for the meet that runs from December 12th-16th.

Houchin was entered to swim only the 800 free relay on the original roster, the same event that he swam in 2012 at the London Olympics. He has now been removed from that lineup and replaced by Michael Klueh, who was already on the team to swim the individual 400 free – an event that he was 3rd in at the Olympic Trials.

The Americans have dominated the 800 free relay in long course competition, including winning the last three Olympic golds, but they are a bit more vulnerable at these short course World Championships. In 2010, they took silver to a World Record for the Russians. In fact, they haven’t won gold at the Short Course World Championships in as long as they’ve been dominant at the Olympics: since the year 2000 where Josh Davis led the USA to a dominant victory ahead of Russia.

Neither man has swum much in short course meters, but for what it’s worth, Klueh’s best in yards (1:33.25) is significantly better than Houchin’s best in yards (1:35.18). Both men haven’t swum a serious yards meet in many years, however.

The full roster, with the changes, is below. The only other swap is that the 100 free has been added to Jimmy Feigen‘s list of events; the original roster only had one American entry in the event.

(Update 10/29: Kara Lynn Joyce is out, Christine Magnuson is in. Read more here.)

Ellyn Baumgardner50/100 breastCurl Burke Swim Club/Arizona
Bonnie Brandon200 backMission Aurora Colorado Swimming
Chelsea Chenault4×200 free relayTerrapins Swim Team
Maya Dirado100/200/400 IMStanford Swimming
Claire Donahue*50/100 flyWestern Kentucky University
Jessica Hardy*50/100 free, 50/100 breastTrojan Swim Club
Kathleen Hersey*50/100/200 flyLonghorn Aquatics
Kara Lynn Joyce*50 freeSwimMAC Carolina
Andrea Kropp200 breastRattler Swim Club/USC
Becca Mann400 IM, 800 freeClearwater Aquatic Team
Melanie Margalis100/200 IMSt. Petersburg Aquatics
Lia Neal*4×100 free relayAsphalt Green Unified Aquatics
Megan Romano100/200 free, 50/100/200 backAthens Bulldog Swim Club
Allison Schmitt*200/400 free, 4×100 free relayNorth Baltimore Aquatic Club
Olivia Smoliga50/100 backGlenview Titan Aquatic Club
Laura Sogar200 breastBluefish Swim Club/Texas
Chloe Sutton*400/800 freeMission Viejo Nadadores
Jasmine Tosky200 flyPalo Alto Stanford Aquatics
Shannon Vreeland*4×200 free relayAthens Bulldog Swim Club
Mike Alexandrov50/100 breastTrojan Swim Club
Bobby Bollier200 flyStanford Swimming
Clark Burckle*200 breastTucson Ford Dealer Aquatics
Kevin Cordes50/100 breastUniversity of Arizona
Conor Dwyer*100/200 IM, 200/400 freeLake Forest Swim Club/Gator
Mark Dylla200 flyAthens Bulldog Swim Club
Anthony Ervin*50 freeCalifornia Aquatics
Ryan Feeley1500 freeUniversity of Michigan
Jimmy Feigen*100 Free, 4×100 free relayLonghorn Aquatics
Matt Grevers*100 free, 50/100 backTucson Ford Dealer Aquatics
Ben Hesen50/100 backPacesetter Aquatics/Gator
Michael Klueh400 free, 4×200 free relay (added after Houchin dropped)FAST Swim Team
Ryan Lochte*200 free, 200 back, 50/100 fly, 100/200 IMDaytona Beach Swimming/Gator
Michael McBroom1500 freeThe Woodlands Swim Team/Texas
Matt McLean*4×200 free relayFAST Swim Team
Ryan Murphy200 backBolles School Sharks
Tyler Reed4×100 free relaySouthern Kentucky Swim Club
Tom Shields50/100 flyCalifornia Aquatics
Josh Schneider50 freeSwimMAC Carolina
Steven Schmuhl400 IMIndiana University
Garrett Weber-Gale4×100 free relayLonghorn Aquatics
Scott Weltz*200 breastMarin Pirates
Michael Weiss400 IMWisconsin Aquatics

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