NC State’s Michael Cotter Tore ACL And Fractured Tibia Last November, Now In Recovery

NC State swimmer Michael Cotter, the #3-ranked recruit in the high school class of 2022, revealed to SwimSwam on Thursday that he had been dealing with an ACL injury that prevented him from competing for the majority of the 2022-23 season. He took a medical redshirt that season, and will still have four years of eligibility remaining.

Cotter tore his ACL and fractured his tibia on November 21st, 2022, which was just two days after the conclusion of the last NCAA meet he competed at—the 2022 NC State/GAC Invite. He was not able to walk until January 16th, 2023, and did not race for NC State at the 2023 ACC Championships or NCAA Championships. As shown in an X-Ray Cotter provided to SwimSwam, he had to get two screws in his tibia. In addition, he also shared photos of his leg during his recovery process.

Cotter is now back in the water again, in the process of recovery. Although his quads aren’t even yet and he’s not allowed to swim breaststroke, he says that he’s “swimming faster than [he] ever [has] in practice”. He competed for the first time in 2023 at the Mission Viejo Pro Swim Series, going times of 22.91 in the 50 free (a best time), 49.97 in the 100 free, and 1:48.21 in the 200 free untapered. He will also be present at U.S. Nationals beginning on June 27.

In fact, Cotter is not the only NC State freshman to have suffered an injury in the past year. Quintin McCarty, the #2 recruit in the high school class of 2022, also missed ACCs and NCAAs due to an injury but returned to competition at the Mission Viejo Pro Series.

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ncaa fan
3 months ago

Between Cotter and McCarty red shirting and the incoming classes, NC State NCAA title is looking really good in the next 4 years.

Reply to  ncaa fan
3 months ago


Who gonna tell him lmao

Clan master
3 months ago

Heard this guy dedicates his ACL to clash of clans. True athlete right there. Respect.

3 months ago

That incoming freshman team for nc state is looking very good! Adding two redshirts to that class is gonna make a huge impact!

3 months ago

this is what swimming for nc state does to you

3 months ago

Swim swam loves them some nc state freshman

Lap Counter
3 months ago

Did he say how he did all this damage?
Speedy recovery!

Reply to  Lap Counter
3 months ago

stepped off a curb on campus while on his phone

Reply to  NCSwim
3 months ago

Was the curb 30 feet off the ground?

booze lite
Reply to  Lap Counter
3 months ago

Rumor has it he fell off a curb playing clash of clans

3 months ago

Some damn impressive times for just coming back from a fracture and acl tear

Reply to  Swimmingrules
3 months ago

Riiiiiight!? What are they making kids out of these day? Excited to see him continue to progress.

Reply to  Swimmingrules
3 months ago

I was at the meet. He looked really strong. Not a ton of speed yet but closed like a monster.

3 months ago

Coming into trials under the radar a bit. But the question we are all wondering is how did it happen? Skateboard scooter or just walking down the street?

Reply to  Taa
3 months ago

Or those darn lines on the gym floor people keep tripping over…

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