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Farmington swimmers place second at Prior Lake Invite

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Farmington swimmers place second at Prior Lake Invite
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A tired Farmington swimming and diving team was able to muster enough energy to earn a second-place finish at Saturday's Prior Lake Invitational.


Less than 48 hours after winning the team championship at the inaugural Missota Conference Relays, the Tigers returned to the pool and scored 402 points to earn runner-up honors behind the host Lakers' 478 1/2.

"The boys swam pretty tired. We had very few great times, but we are satisfied with the result. At this time of the year the boys should be tired and learning how to swim through it," Farmington coach Ryan Hamen said. "At the end of the year when they will feel strong and rested they can look forward to great times.... Second place was thanks to our depth and hard work the boys put in during the off-season."

Two Tigers scored individual titles at the meet. Christopher Kirchmann won gold in the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.45 seconds and Evan Carufel dominated the dive with a score of 313.35.

Kirchmann added a runner-up finish in the 100 freestyle and swam legs of the third-place 200 medley (Cameron Molnar, Nick Stephan and Brandon Dion) and fourth-place 400 freestyle relay (Stephan, Dahlton Bell and Eric Schimmel). Carufel joined Bell, Oliver Chow and Christian Bell for a third-place swim in the 200 freestyle relay.

Chow and Aaron Cochnauer each earned a pair of top-five individual finishes. Chow was fourth in the 100 butterfly and fifth in the 100 backstroke and Cochnauer was fifth in both the 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley. Austin Kueck placed fourth in the 500 freestyle and Christian Bell (50 free) and Eric Schimmel (100 free) added a pair of fifth-place showings.

The Tigers are back at Levi Dodge Middle School tonight for a non-conference dual meet against Hopkins.

Matt Steichen
Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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