RALEIGH/CARY, North Carolina, August 26. TWO-time Olympian Chloe Sutton and open water star Ashley Twichell are moving across the country to a new training location as the Mission Viejo Nadadores will soon be a part of Charlie Houchin’s IX3 professional swimming initiative training out of the Triangle Aquatic Center.
Swimming World first broke this story before Sutton announced the move to her fan base on Twitter.
Once a nadador, always a nadador, but after 6 amazing years with MVN I have decided to make a change in my life and move to Raleigh, NC.— Chloe Sutton (@csutswim) August 27, 2013
Sutton, who has trained under head coach Bill Rose since first moving to Mission Viejo as a teen prodigy, is looking to freshen up her training and take a bit of a new approach to her professional career after making her eighth straight U.S. international team this summer in Barcelona.
Sutton is already making her own mark on pro swimming in the U.S. with her countless clinics as well as her recent multi-year apparel contract with TYR. She’s also proven herself to be a social media dynamo, having been hired as the social media manager on the Fitter and Faster Tour by her agent David Arluck.
Twichell, meanwhile, will join her best friend Sutton in the move. Twichell took over where Sutton left off in American open water competition when Sutton made the transition to the pool after the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Twichell first earned international hardware at the 2011 World Championships with success in the 5K events there. This summer, she topped the 10K event at the World University Games as she continues to put together a solid open water career.
Houchin, who originated IX3 at the Bolles Swim School in Jacksonville, will be moving the IX3 initiative to the Raleigh/Cary area in North Carolina. That’s a pair of big-time professional swimming outfits based in North Carolina with SwimMAC’s Elite Team also having drawn some serious headlines with the addition of a heavy influx of new talent this summer following the World Championships in Barcelona.
Houchin, an Olympic gold medalist as part of the 800-meter freestyle relay in London, also earned gold this summer as part of that relay at the World Championships in Barcelona. After the stint in Florida, Houchin is relocating his IX3 initiative to more familiar territory as he graduated from William G. Enloe High in Raleigh, N.C., and both of his parents competed for N.C. State.
There will likely be more news coming from IX3 as new swimmers join the pro team prior to the 2016 Rio Olympics build up.