Army Wins Team Title At Copa Coqui

Chris Szekely

Chris Szekely

Jan. 5, 2013

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SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - Freshman Chris Szekely had a hand in two wins in the pool to help the Army swimming and diving teams win the overall combined team title at the Copa Coqui on Saturday.

The Army men's and women's teams combined to accumulate 86 points, outpointing Notre Dame (64 points) by 22 points for the title. Connecticut (56 points) placed third, followed by Northern Michigan (42.50) and Illinois State (21).

Individually, Szekely took gold in 100 free (54.06) and placed runner-up in the 50 free (24.63). Szekely also swam on Army's 200-meter medley relay team that finished first with a clocking of 1:49.15. The first-year performer won the high-point award on the men's side following his productive day.

Freshman Molly Mucciarone paced the Black Knights on the women's side, winning the 100-meter butterfly (1:06.38) and tying for the high-point award.

Elsewhere, senior Ayman Andrews broke the Copa Coqui meet record in the 100-meter butterfly after touching first in a time of 56.71.

Freshman Natalie Beale rounded out Army's list of winners, taking gold in the 100-meter backstroke (1:10.18).

"I am extremely pleased with our performance today," said Army head coach Mickey Wender. "This was definitely the best team performance that we've ever had down here. We trained very hard throughout our trip to Puerto Rico, and I am proud of the way everyone stepped up and competed as well as they did today."

Army will return to Patriot League action next weekend (Jan. 11-12) when the Black Knights travel to Pennsylvania for dual meets versus Lehigh and Bucknell.

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