Aggies Get Verbal From In-State Freestyler William Coakley

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NEW COMMIT: Katy, Texas native William Coakley has announced his intention to stay in-state and swim for the Texas A&M Aggies beginning in the fall of 2019.

A four-time Junior Nationals qualifier, Coakley does his club swimming with Katy Aquatics and competed in the 200m and 400m freestyle events at Summer Juniors in August. At the College Station Speedo Sectionals in March, he finished fourth in the 500 free (4:26.20) and recorded three lifetime bests. He finished sixth overall in the 500 free (4:23.70) at Speedo Juniors West last December.

Coakley also represents Seven Lakes High School where he is a three-time Texas 6A State Championship finalist. As a junior, he finished third in the 200 free (1:39.50) and fifth in the 500 free (4:30.94) after placing 15th in the 500 (4:37.81) as a sophomore.

He told Swimming World:

“I’m excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my education and swimming career at Texas A&M! I could not be more thankful for my family, my friends, and my coaches who helped me along the way! With the wonderful programs and amazing coaching staff, I cannot wait to become an Aggie! Gig’em”

His best times include:

  • 100 free – 46.73
  • 200 free – 1:38.27
  • 500 free – 4:23.70
  • 1000 free – 9:17.52
  • 1650 free – 15:41.84

His coach, Travis Sandifer, told us:

“Great young man that will thrive at Texas AM.  He has a dedication to be the best he can be and help his team be the best it can be.”

Coakley will provide valuable depth to the Aggies’ freestyle lineup when he arrives on campus as a member of the class of 2023. His current fastest 500 free time sits just outside scoring range at the 2018 SEC Championships where the Aggies finished second in the team standings.

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