United States National Teamers Ashley Twichell and Chloe Sutton both announced today that they would be joining the iX3Sports team that trains under John Payne at the Triangle Aquatic Center in North Carolina. Payne is the owner of IX3Sports and also the head coach of the TAC Titans, and has worked as a staff member of USA Swimming’s National Open Water Select (2011-2013) and National Select (2011 & 2012) camps.
They will join Charlie Houchin, who had a huge summer of competition that saw him drop eight-tenths of a second and make the American 800 free relay and go his first best-time in the 400 free in three years with a 3:47.16. Houchin was the kick-starter of the club last year, though at the time he trained with Sergio Lopez at Bolles in Florida.
Sutton finished as the runner-up in the 400, 800, and 1500 freestyles at the USA Swimming World Championship Trials. She finished 6th in the 800 free and 8th in the 1500 free in Barcelona at the World Championships.
Twichell, meanwhile, didn’t make the World Championship Team in open water after her breakout year in 2012, but she did travel to Kazaan, Russia as part of the World University Games team, where she dominated the open water 10km race.
TAC sent one open water swimmer to Nationals: Ashlyn Butkowski, who was 19th at the Open Water National Championships in the 5km race at just 14. In the pool, their star is Hannah Moore, who was a finalist in the 200 and 400 IM’s at the 2013 World Championship Trials.
“Once a nadador, always a nadador,” Sutton said in a Facebook post, “but after 6 amazing years with MVN, I have decided to make a change in my life and I will be moving to Raleigh, NC. I’m now going to be training with [iX3]sports at the Triangle Aquatic Center under Coach John Payne. Though I’m sad to be leaving the Nadadores, I am so excited about this new opportunity and all of the amazing things that I have ahead of me!”