Mike Kowalski earned All-America honors in the 100 meter backstroke at both the 1985 and 1986 NCAA Championships. Kowalski was the team Most Valuable Player and captain as a junior and senior. He set Seminole swimming records in the 100 Free Style, 100 Backstroke, 400 Free Style Relay and 400 Medley. He teamed with three Seminole teammates to win the 4 X 100 medley relays at the U.S. Swimming Long Course Championships. He qualified for the U.S. Olympic team in the 50-meter free style and 100 meter backstroke events in 1988.