Extremely testing conditions saw a tough day of racing in Atlantic City, NJ.
Going into the swim in second place, Emma thrived in the challenging swim conditions to take the lead, which she extended over the bike and run from the Carolina Gliders.
As the final change came so too did the pouring rain. Copeland come down on the 180 degree turns, and also dropped his chain.
He was quick to regain his composure but was enough for the Gliders Tommy Zaferes to take the lead. The gap proved too much for Copeland to make up over the 1.6km run leg.
Emma, who is enjoying a successful season on the WTS circuit said: “Our Gold Coast Tritons team raced hard here in some very testing conditions for round one of the MLT series.
“I was excited to have an opportunity to chase as the third leg of our relay team, using the rough ocean swim conditions, windy ride and tough soft sand run to my advantage to get ahead and pull away a lead for the team. True tough racing, the best kind.’