Sadie Covington, USA Swimming Futures Qualifier, Commits to ECU

by Emma Edmund 0

January 06th, 2022 AAC, College, College Recruiting, News

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Sadie Covington, a senior at Northern Guilford High School, has committed to East Carolina University.

I’m so excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at East Carolina University! I want to thank all my friends, family, and coaches who have helped me get here. I’m so excited to see what the future holds. Go Pirates!

Covington swims for Swim GSA. At the 2021 Southern Zone Senior Championships, she placed second in the 800-meter free, third in the 1500-meter free, seventh in the 400-meter free, and eighth in the 200-meter free.

She has a Futures cut in the 200 free. Her best short-course yards times are:

  • 100 free: 52.88
  • 200 free: 1:52.46
  • 500 free: 4:59.06
  • 1000 free: 10:21.67
  • 1650 free: 17:35.56

East Carolina University is a member of the American Athletic Conference. This season, the women’s team was reinstated after being cut due to budget restraints. The last time ECU participated in conference championships was in 2020, where the women placed 4th out of six teams.

If Covington swam this season, she’d be the second-fastest 200 and 500 freestyler so far on the team. Junior Polina Rukosuev currently holds the team’s fastest times this season in those events. 

Covington joins a large class of recruits, 12 total, but head coach Matthew Jabs said she’ll play a crucial role in bringing depth to the mid-distance and distance freestyle events.

“Looking forward to having Sadie join our distance/middle distance group,” Jabs said in a news release. “She is talented, has a fun personality and will bring some much-needed depth to that group. As a freshman, she will play a significant role for us in her events and I believe her fastest swimming is still in front of her.”

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