From to the Olympic Games

Dan C. - Web Dev Swimmingly

Dan Crescimanno

Lead Web Engineer

Technology Swimmingly

Trace Sauter

Technology/Strategy Associate

Mobile Dev Swimmingly

Keith Alperin

Software Architect


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Charlie Houchin - CEO & Olympian

A Raleigh NC native, Charlie graduated from the University of Michigan and blazed a trail from Southern California to Florida on his path towards making his first Olympic Team. Charlie trained with world-class coaches and individuals in both California and Florida, representing Team USA as a member of the National Team from 2009-2014.

After earning a gold medal at the London Olympics in the 4×200 Freestyle Relay, Charlie temporarily stepped away from the pool at the end of 2012 to lay much of the foundation for Swimmingly.

Charlie’s favorite part of the sport is the youth & parents involved in summer club swimming: Swimmingly’s mission. Charlie believes that the parent volunteers and swimmers are the heroes of summer swimming–without them, the meets would not happen!

While training full-time as well as building the Swimmingly team, Charlie traveled to Barcelona as a member of the 2013 World Championships. Representing Team USA, Houchin capped a successful post-Olympic year by winning gold in the 4×200 Freestyle Relay with Conor Dwyer, Ryan Lochte, and Ricky Berens. The quartet of men extended Team USA’s dominance in the event to 10 consecutive years; the first victory in that stretch without Michael Phelps.

Swimmingly saw one of its first victories in 2013 when the business attracted long-time Entrepreneur Mike Curran. Mike and Charlie’s complimenting areas of knowledge and expertise successfully brought the partnership to fruition. However, it is both mens passion for serving the youth in the sport of swimming that made Swimmingly a natural fit.

Charlie Houchin Swimmingly

Hayes Johnson - President

Growing up with his four siblings, Hayes has a passion for developing young people to their fullest potential. Hayes’ passion for swimming began at the age of four at his summer swim club. Hayes spent his age-group years training with the Nashville Aquatic Club and then represented the University of Texas Men’s Swim Team from 2008-2012.

Hayes has qualified for both the World Youth Championship and National Junior Team. He was a finalist at the 2009 World Championship Trials, competed in the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, and helped bring home a NCAA National Championship for the Longhorns. Hayes is a current Masters World Record Holder in the 200m Backstroke.

Because of his performance in the water and his leadership on deck, Hayes was elected team captain of the University of Texas Men’s Swim Team. After graduating from the University of Texas with a dual degree in Sociology and Education, Hayes worked at Capital Sports and Entertainment (CSE) where he focused on marketing and sponsorship projects for Lance Armstrong and the professional and amateur cycling teams.

Hayes shared his expertise and love of swimming with the Hillwood Country Club, serving as their head coach before joining the Swimmingly team. Through his eternal optimism and innovation, Hayes is thrilled to bring the ease and efficiency of Swimmingly to the swimming community in order to make the best sport more accessible. When Hayes isn’t working to improve swimming, he can be found in the midst of his closest friends and loved ones. He thrives off the energy of others, making authentic human connections, and sharing his passion for swimming.

Hayes Johnson & Missy Franklin

Mike Curran - CFO

Michael joined Swimmingly LLC as a partner in 2013 with CEO Charlie Houchin. He holds the title of CFO. After 30 years as a successful entrepreneur in the financial services industry, Michael decided to change course and focus his experience and resources on building products and services that would inspire participation in the health and safety benefits of aquatic programming. Prior to joining Swimmingly, Michael founded Executive Benefit Services, a nonqualified deferred compensation firm in 1992 and grew it into one of the largest nonqualified plan administrators in the country. Michael sold the company to the Principal Financial Group in 2001 and retired from the Principal in 2005.

Michael spent the next five years managing the Curran Family Foundation, which he founded in 2003. During that time, he led a project to build the Triangle Aquatic Center (TAC) in Cary, North Carolina. TAC is a 72,000 square foot nonprofit public aquatic facility that opened to the communities of the Triangle in October of 2007. It is one of the largest nonprofit public aquatic facilities ever built in the country without tax funding or subsidies. Home to the TAC TITANS, a year-round USA swim team, TAC offers a 50-meter pool, a 10-lane 25-yard pool, a warm water instruction pool, and spectator seating for 1,000.

In 2009, Michael joined CAPTRUST Financial Advisors to build out a nonqualified deferred compensation consulting division. After the successful build out of the nonqualified division, Michael decided to pursue his passion for aquatic innovation with Swimmingly.

Jason Deana - Sales Manager

Jason began swimming at the age of six for his local summer league in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Inspired by watching his older sister swim, Jason developed a strong passion and drive for the sport. He loves sharing that passion of swimming with others today.

Jason swimming accomplishments are numerous, including an individual High School State Championship in PA, qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Trials, and becoming an NCAA All-American at NC State University. Serving as Team Captain for NC State, he helped lead the team to its second straight ACC Championship in 2016, as well as the team’s first Top-4 NCAA finish in over 50 years.

Jason majored in Sport Management at NC State and spent a year interning for Swimmingly, then receiving a full-time Sales position with the Carolina Hurricanes. Before returning to Swimmingly full-time, Jason worked for Octagon, a global Sports Marketing & Entertainment agency.

Jason’s passion and love for swimming brought him back to Swimmingly. With Jason’s strong background in the sport industry and his passion for swimming, he joins the Swimmingly team as another outstanding team member.

Dan Crescimanno - Lead Web Engineer

Dan Crescimanno is a computer wizard. He studied math and computer science at Carnegie Mellon and he spends his time making sure Swimmingly is both fast and efficient.

Dan’s swimming accomplishments are numerous. One time at a YMCA (recently), he was challenged in the 100 yd Freestyle – he came out victorious by a fingertip! Our second place finisher was a 6 year-old summer league swimmer : ) Although Dan might not have been a swimmer, he has a passion for learning about the ins and outs of the swimming world and building software that will make the sport more fun for everybody.

As the Swimmingly “all things web” lead engineer, he has quickly become a swimming expert. In conversation, Dan will claim that he was a 200 breastroker – so beware. He can talk swimming times and stats like it’s his full time job!

Outside of Swimmingly, you might catch Dan at a stand up comedy club from time to time. Try mixing extreme smarts, good looks, quick on his feet, networking machine, and always “on” together…You’ve got Dan Crescimanno.

Trace Sauter - Technology/Strategy Associate

Trace began summer swimming as an 8 & under in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. He cultivated an interest in mathematics and science early on, and after a high school swimming career that saw him named a Scholastic All American he continued his studies (and swimming) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

After graduating, Trace worked in risk management at a large financial institution for 6 years and took up masters swimming and competitive triathlon. He joined Swimmingly in the summer of 2018  as a technical adviser and is thrilled with the opportunity to combine his passions for technology and swimming to help create an exciting and fun experience for families entering the sport.

Trace is currently pursuing both an MBA and a Masters in Computer Science at the University of Chicago. He looks forward to taking lessons he learns in the classroom and putting them to use in real-time to serve Swimmingly and its customers.