Wilcox brothers earn return to state swim meet
Monday, February 17, 2014 11:37 AM
CLEVELAND - Ada junior Mitchell Wilcox qualified for the Div. II state swim meet in two freestyle events while senior brother Matthew Wilcox made it in one with strong performances at the district meet in Cleveland this past weekend.
Brothers Matthew (left) and Mitchell Wilcox earned a return date at the state meet this week at Canton. Mitchell will compete in the 100 and 50 freestyle races, while Matthew looks to improve upon his fourth-place finish in the 50 free last year.
The top two finishers in events at the four districts qualified automatically for the state meet at Canton's C. T. Branin natatorium. The next 16 fastest times state-wide in district competition also made it to Canton.
Mitchell came in fourth in the 50 yard free in 21.91 while Matthew finished sixth at 22.01, with both qualifying for Canton.
Mitchell ended up fourth as well in the 100 free (48.67) and Matthew came in 14th (50.46) to narrowly miss out on state qualification.
Mitchell has the 10th-best qualifying time in the 50 free, while Matthew is 16th out of the 24 swimmers to make it. Trevor Lake of Bay Village has the best seed time at 21.13.
Mitchell ranks 21st in the 24-man 100 free field. Sam Vester of Cincinnati Indian Hill has the top time coming in at 46.88.
The Ada boys 200 medley relay quartet of the Wilcox brothers, senior Caleb Stuart and freshman Andrew Robey ended up 13th in 1:48.96.
The Bulldog boys relay foursome of the Wilcox brothers, freshman Jared Craig and Robey came in 19th in the 200 free relay in 1:38.37.
Sophomore Katey Stuart finished 29th in the 200 individual medley in 2:32.46. She also came in 16th in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:15.3.
Her twins sister Kyley Stuart finished 23rd in the 100 butterfly in 1:07.88.
The Div. II state meet preliminary events will take place Thursday, Feb. 20 starting at 5 p.m. Those who make it to the top 16 in an event will advance to one of two finals Friday, Feb. 21 at 5 p.m.
The top eight will compete in the A finals, while 9-16 from the prelims will swim in the B finals.
Matthew Wilcox finished fourth in the 50 free A finals last year in 21.31, the highest individual finish ever for an Ada swimmer.