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Michael Covert
Michael  Covert


Chester, Va.

High School:
Exodus Christian School




El Kamash Leads Gamecocks On Day Two At SEC Championships

Sophomore finishes fifth in the men's 500 freestyle.


Gamecocks Hold Commanding Lead Through Day One Over Queens and Wingate

Carolina claims 12 of 16 events.


Gamecocks and LSU Split Swimming & Diving Meet

No. 25 Carolina Men Post Victory over Tigers


Four Gamecocks Advance To Saturday's SEC Championships Finals

Rutqvist makes third straight 200 breaststroke championship final


Gamecocks Break Two School Records Friday At SEC Championships

Carolina swims six NCAA B cuts, four personal bests


South Carolina vs Queens, Wingate & Vanderbilt (1/23-24/15)

South Carolina vs Queens, Wingate & Vanderbilt (1/23-24/15)


  • 4th – 100 Backstroke
  • 7th – 200 Backstroke
  • 6th, 7th – 200 Freestyle Relay
  • 8th – 200 Medley Relay

2015 (SENIOR)

  • Primarily competed in the backstroke
  • Just missed finals in the 100 backstroke finishing 25th with a season best time of 48.42 at the SEC Championships
  • Finished 34th in the 200 backstroke (1:46.66) and 42nd in the 100 butterfly (49.27) with season best times in both events at the SEC Championships
  • Finished sixth overall in the finals of the 50 freestyle (20.88) at the Virginia Tech Invitational, also placed ninth in the 100 (51.15) and 200 backstroke (1:46.86)
  • Finished second in both the 100 (50.41) and 200 backstroke (1:50.71) against Kentucky
  • Finished second in the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.14 and second in the 200 backstroke with at time of 1:51.24 against Queens and Wingate
  • Placed in the top three 10 times throughout the season

2014 (JUNIOR)

  • One of the Gamecocks top backstrokers 
  • Finished 27th at the SEC Championships in both the 100 and 200 backstroke, clocking in with NCAA `B' cuts in both at 48.31 and 1:46.03, respectively 
  • Also swam the 50 freestyle, finishing 44th at 20.62 
  • Won the 200 backstroke at Duke with a time of 1:51.26 
  • Claimed the top spot at ECU in the 100 backstroke (51.21) 
  • Picked up wins in the 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly against College of Charleston 
  • Earned six wins on the season and placed in the top three 13 times


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

Covert's Top Times
Event Time Date Meet Location
50 Freestyle 20.38 2/20/13 SEC Championships College Station, Texas
100 Freestyle 46.05# 1/27/12 East Carolina Columbia, S.C.
200 Freestyle 1:40.80 11/16/12 Virginia Tech Invitational Christiansburg, Va.
100 Backstroke 48.31 2/21/14 SEC Championships Athens, Ga.
200 Backstroke 1:46.03 2/22/14 SEC Championships Athens, Ga.
100 Breaststroke 58.54 1/25/13 College of Charleston/Queens/Wingate Columbia, S.C.
100 Butterfly 49.27 2/19/15 SEC Championships Auburn, Ala.
200 Butterfly 1:52.16 2/18/12 SEC Championships Knoxville, Tenn.
200 IM 1:55.58 1/20/12 Georgia Athens, Ga.

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