By Cort Reynolds

Ada Herald Writer

CANTON - Ada junior Matthew Wilcox finished fourth in the 50-yard freestyle to earn all-state honors at the Div. II Ohio swim meet in the C.T. Branin Natatorium Friday evening at Canton.

Wilcox posted the third-best time in the 24-man preliminary field at 21.19 on Thursday night to make it to the eight-swimmer flight A finals. Then in the final event Friday night, he swam a 21.31.

Jack Nee, a senior from Orange, won the 50 free title in a time of 20.88. Wilcox had the best finish of any non-senior in the event. Seniors Ronnie Bolden (20.93) of Bishop Hartley and Malique Elder (21.03) of Meadowdale took second and third, respectively.

The Ada 200 yard freestyle relay team of senior Karl Karcher, Matt Wilcox, sophomore Mitchell Wilcox and senior Jon Robey took third in a time of 1:27.4 to also become all-state. In the prelims, they swam a 1:27.76 to post the second-best finals-qualifying time.

The first-place quartet from Sandusky Perkins won the 200 free relay A finals in 1:26.15.

The same Bulldog foursome of Wilcox, Wilcox, Robey and Karcher finished 12th in the 200 medley relay B finals with a time of 1:40.62. In the prelims, they swam 1:40.48 to make it to the second eight or B finals.

Robey, who qualified for state in two individual events and the two relay races, finished 11th in the 100 butterfly in 53.22. Josh Quallen, a senior from Wilmington, won the event in a state-record time of 47.95.

Robey swam a 53.05 in the prelims Thursday night to make it to the second eight B finals in the 24-swimmer 100 fly field.

Also on Thursday evening, Robey swam in the 100 freestyle prelims. He finished 18th out of 24 in a time of 49.03 and missed out on making it to the B finals Friday night by two spots and four-tenths of a second.

The Bulldog boys finished a strong 10th with 63 points in the state team standings to post the best showing in program history. Dayton Oakwood won the Div. II state title with 288 points.