Vikings Swim in Copa Coqui Meet in Puerto Rico

Vikings Swim in Copa Coqui Meet in Puerto Rico

TRUJILLO ALTO, Puerto Rico - The Cleveland State men's swimming team had 24 swimmers compete in the prestigious 10th Anniversary Copa Coqui swim meet at the Encantada Sports Center Facility.

Head Coach Wally Morton talked about CSU's performance in Puerto Rico.  "I was pleased with the effort, enthusiasm, and focus at the meet.  It was a unique experience being part of the Puerto Rico culture in the sport.  Our team bonding and spirit is improving," said Morton.

The men were led by Alex Lewis and Justin Kermack.  Lewis swam in the 50 yard freestyle finishing third (24.50). Kermack swam in the 100 butterfly finishing third with a time of 58.01.  In the 500 free relay the Vikings (Lewis, Grant, Ferro, Blankenship) finished runner-up with an impressive time of 4:11.43.  CSU (Shillito, Grant, Lewis, Ingledew) had an exciting race in the 200 medley relay finishing fourth with a time of 1:53.10.  

Morton also talked about the great experience for his swimmers.  "The Copa Coqui Meet is one of the most unique swimming meets in college swimming.  It celebrates the Puerto Rican culture in a fun way against some of the top schools in NCAA swimming.  Our goal is to represent Cleveland State and have fun doing it," said Morton.

The Vikings will be back in action on Friday, Jan. 17, as CSU will host Gannon University at Robert F. Busby Natatorium.  Swimming events will begin at 4:00 p.m.