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FHS swimmers prep for conference meet

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Chaska-Chanhassen finished 1-2-3 in the 500 freestyle and went on to win four of the last five events in a 92-89 Missota Conference dual win over Farmington last Thursday at Chaska Middle School East.

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The Tigers won four races and set four personal bests in their final meet before Saturday's Missota Conference Championships in Northfield.

The first victory came from Christopher Kirchmann, who topped the field in the 50 freestyle with a personal-record time of 22.85 seconds. That ended a string of three straight first-place finishes for the StormHawks as they built an early 30-16 advantage.

Farmington finished second in each of the first three events. Kirchmann, Aaron Lane, Tyler Lerbakken and Nick Stephan opened the meet with a runner-up showing in the 200 medley relay, then Zach Holton placed second with a personal-best swim in the 200 freestyle and Lane placed second in the 200 individual medley.

Evan Carufel followed with a first-place score of 183.30 in the 1-meter dive, Holton added another second-place swim in the 100 butterfly and Kirchmann won the 100 freestyle to move the Tigers back within 61-49 through seven events.

The team had just three top-two finishes the rest of the way. Lane broke the one-minute barrier in the 100 backstroke for the first time to place second, the 200 freestyle relay team came in second and the foursome of Kirchmann, Connor Kealy, Lane and Holton closed out the meet by winning the 400 freestyle relay.

The Tigers opened last week with an 89-79 dual loss at Rochester Mayo.

Kirchmann and Holton each supplied a first-place finish. Kirchmann won the 200 freestyle in 1:52.85 and Holton topped the field in the 500 freestyle in 5:22. The team had six second-place finishes.

"(Mayo) is a small team, but they have some good swimmers. We had a lot of close races we lost by little mistakes made by our swimmers," Farmington coach Ryan Hamen said. "We are having troubles in the dual meets as far as points, but in the bigger meets where more swims count, I hope our depth will demonstrate that strength comes in numbers."

The Tigers opened the meet with a runner-up swim in the 200 medley relay. After Kirchmann won the 200 freestyle, Lane placed second in the 200 individual medley.

Aaron Cochnauer gave the Tigers a 1-2 finish with a runner-up effort in the 500 freestyle and Kirchmann and Holton teamed up with Carufel and Kealy to place second in the 200 freestyle relay.

Kirchmann, Kealy and Holton joined Lane for a runner-up swim in the 400 freestyle relay and Stephan came in second in the 100 breaststroke.

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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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