Hochstein started swimming competitively at age ten after watching his father and two older brothers swim. Between 1985 to 1990, he was a member of the West German National Team. Hochstein was fifteen years old.
Hochstein moved to the United States and swam for USC for three years. He coached for SCAQ (- http://www.swim.net/scaq) 1994-1997, then took a break from swimming for more than four years. Hochstein is married and provides services for Senior citizens through a consulting business for families and through a non-profit organization called Sydney Cooper Senior Smiles.