CANTON — Ada’s Wilcox brothers put themselves in position to earn All-Ohio honors as both advanced to the finals in the Division II boys 50-meter freestyle at the OHSAA state swimming and diving championships at C.T. Branin Natatorium on Thursday night.
Senior Matthew Wilcox, the No. 16 seed entering the race, advanced to today’s “A” final by posting the No. 2 overall time in the event in 21.27 seconds. Bay Village Bay junior Trevor Lake was the top qualifier in 20.86.
Junior Mitchell Wilcox made the “B” final with the 11th-fastest time in 21.95. He missed a finals spot in the 100 free when he placed 21st in 48.87.
The top 16 finishers in each race earn all-Ohio awards.
It was a tougher day for the swimmers from Ottawa-Glandorf.
Luke Kleman was 20th in the boys 200 free (1:48.63) while Kathryn Samuelson ended up 20th in the girls 100 backstroke (1:00.05).
Samuelson also teamed with Ashley Siefker, Briana Fenbert and Amber Siebeneck to place 21st in the 200 medley relay (1:48.64).
The meet continues today as Findlay High School’s swimmers will be in action in the Division I preliminary races beginning at 9 a.m.
The Wilcox brothers will compete in the Division II finals which get underway at 5 p.m.
District bowling set
Ottawa-Glandorf and Patrick Henry’s Aaron Tietje will be playing for a state tournament berth when the Northwest District boys bowling championships take place Saturday at Lima’s Westgate Lanes.
The Titans qualified with 10th-best score in the 12-team field while Tietje rolled a 645 and was the top individual qualifier at last week’s Division II sectional at Napoleon.
The girls district tournament, which will feature teams from New Riegel and Patrick Henry as well as Fostoria’s Alexandria Hersch is set for 12 noon on Saturday.
The Blue Jackets and Patriots’ qualifying scores rank 10th and 11th among the 12 teams scheduled to compete. Hersch rolled a 523 series last week to advance.
The top four teams and four individuals not on a qualifying team earn a trip to next week’s OHSAA Division II state bowling championships in Columbus.
The girls tournament will kick things off Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. with the boys set for 3 p.m.
Gymnastics at BGSU
Findlay High School’s gymnastics team will be trying to earn its second straight OHSAA state tournament berth today at Bowling Green State University’s Anderson Arena.
The Trojans were fourth in last year’s state meet and will be one of the favorites to win the district title and make a return trip to Hilliard Bradley.
Patrick Henry will also be competing for the two team state tournament berths up for grabs at the event.
The top six individuals in each event and the all-around competition also qualify for next week’s state championship meet.
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