No. 25 Carolina Men Post Victory over Tigers
Rutqvist makes third straight 200 breaststroke championship final
Carolina swims six NCAA B cuts, four personal bests
Flach, Warner to race for SEC titles
Flach shatters school record in 500 freestyle with NCAA automatic qualifying time
2012-13 - One of the Gamecocks' top backstrokers...Scored points for South Carolina at the SEC Championships in the 100 backstroke with a 21st-place finish in a time of 48.94...Narrowly missed scoring in the 50 freestyle (27th) and the 200 backstroke (25th) at the SEC Championships...Time of 48.85 in the 100 backstroke preliminary at the SEC Championships ranks fourth all-time at South Carolina...Posted the team's fastest time of the season in the 200 backstroke with a mark of 1:47.73 at the SEC Championships...Also ranked in the top five times on the team in the 50 freestyle (third), 100 backstroke (second) and 200 butterfly (fifth)...Won two individual races on the season, with both occurring against College of Charleston in the 100 and 200 butterfly...Swam the third leg of the 200 freestyle relay at the SEC Championships to help the team swim a school-record time of 1:18.88...Was a part of four relay wins during the regular season, with two coming in the 200 freestyle relay and two in the 400 freestyle relay.
2011-12 - Among Gamecocks' top newcomers...Won two races on the season in the 200 backstroke, claiming first against Georgia Tech and in a tri-meet against Duke and Queens...Narrowly missed making the consolation finals in the 200 backstroke at the SEC Championships, placing 17th in the prelims with a career best time of 1:48.10...Time was the second best on the team this season in the event...Had third best time on the team in the 100 backstroke with a 49.92 at the SEC Championships...Swam on the 800 freestyle relay team at the SEC Championships that recorded a NCAA B cut time of 6:32.83...Also swam the 200 freestyle, 100 and 200 butterfly and 200 IM.
PRE-COLLEGE - Member of the Quest Swimming club team...Named team captain...Helped lead Quest to a second place finish at the Virginia Senior Championships during senior year, which was the best finish in club history.
PERSONAL - Full name is Michael Knox Covert...Born July 9, 1992...Parents are Rory and Rutn Covert...Has two brothers, John and Stephen, and one sister, Rachel...Chose South Carolina because of its coaching staff...Majoring in retail management.