Former #3 Ranked Recruit Michael Cotter Transferring To Texas For Junior Season

The former #3 ranked recruit coming out of high school Michael Cotter has announced he will transfer to Texas for the 2024-2025 season. Cotter spent two years with NC State.

Cotter told SwimSwam at the beginning of March that he planned to enter the transfer portal this offseason. He spent a year and a half with NC State.

Cotter arrived in fall 2022, competing in numerous dual meets before tearing his ACL and fracturing his tibia in November 2022. His freshman season was completed after mid-seasons as he swam a 1:34.45 in the 200 free, 1:45.08 in the 200 IM, and a 43.25 in the 100 free. All marked season bests for Cotter but were off of his personal best times.

About five months after his injury, Cotter returned to competition at the Pro Series stop in Mission Viejo in May 2023. His highest finish was 2nd in the 200 free as he swam a 1:48.21. A month later, Cotter finished 20th in the event at 2023 US Summer Nationals in a 1:48.41.

Cotter entered his sophomore season this past fall and once again competed in numerous dual meets before ending his NCAA season at midseason. There he swam a 1:40.77 in the 200 free and a 1:49.79 in the 200 IM. He then returned home to his club team, TAC Titans for the spring semester.

Just last month, Cotter swam at US Olympic Trials. He swam to 20th in the 200 free in a 1:47.86 and 43rd in the 100 free in a 50.00.

Cotter is the latest transfer to the Texas men’s team for this upcoming season. Other notable names include Hubert Kos from Arizona State, Rex Maurer from Stanford, Aaron Shackell from Cal, and Ben Sampson from D2 Colorado Mesa. The Texas men will be in their first season under Bob Bowman this fall and also join the SEC for the upcoming season.

Michael’s younger sister Keelan Cotter entered the transfer portal this offseason but has decided to stay at NC State.

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14 days ago

I wonder what the attrition is going to be like with all these transfers. Bowman’s gonna be spread pretty thin, if he even was going to coach most of these people in the first place.

15 days ago

SEC roster limits will leave some really good swimmers behind in Austin.

Did not Cali UT
Reply to  Swimmer.
15 days ago

What are the official limits for the SEC?

Reply to  Did not Cali UT
15 days ago

I’m not sure if any of these have changed this season with the big roster changes, but these were the conference limits in effect last year:

Reply to  Braden Keith
14 days ago

I was wondering if there was any more info on this type of roster limit :

Reply to  Jimbo
14 days ago

Nothing has been confirmed or decided as far as I know. But some kind of roster limits are almost definitely coming down the pipeline.

Tea rex
15 days ago

What is going on with the scholarships? Or do they not really count anymore?

Reply to  Tea rex
15 days ago

It’s a quagmire. There are scholarship limits, not for long, and NIL can supplement scholarships and make them go a lot further.

Reply to  Braden Keith
14 days ago


Jozsef Nagy Acting School
15 days ago

Getting a lot of transfers from kids on that Cary club.

Reply to  Jozsef Nagy Acting School
15 days ago

Transfers? TAC is a club team.

16 days ago

This is getting a bit outrageous.

Long Strokes
16 days ago

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16 days ago

Would it be fair to call Bob Bowman the golden magnet for swimming in Texas? It’s gonna be one fine year 2024 2025

River Seine
16 days ago

Bob Bowman is the gift that keeps gifting

Reply to  River Seine
16 days ago

Gifting or Grifting?

Reply to  Freddie
16 days ago

But where’s the grift?

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16 days ago


Reply to  Diehard
15 days ago

I’m not sure you know what grift means.

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Anya has been with SwimSwam since June 2021 as both a writer and social media coordinator. She was in attendance at the 2022 and 2023 Women's NCAA Championships writing and doing social media for SwimSwam. Currently, Anya is pursuing her B.A. in Economics and a minor in Government & Law at …

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