Swimming and diving: FHS True Team trifecta
For the last two years, Farmington has only had to defeat two teams - Northfield and Owatonna - while winning back-to-back Section 1AA True Team championships.
Hastings and Winona were added to the fold at Saturday's True Team meet in Northfield, but Farmington still came out on top. The Tigers once again used their superior depth to rack up 37 top-10 finishes and outscore runner-up Hastings 825 ½-750 for their third straight True Team championship. Northfield was third with 628 points, followed by Owatonna with 557 and Winona with 341 ½.
The Class 2A True Team State Meet is Saturday night at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.
"The boys had a great meet," Farmington coach Ryan Hamen said. "The way this meet is special is because it takes the depth of the team to perform instead of a few to do well.... This year is especially special since we were against five teams instead of the steady three that have always gotten together for this event."
Farmington got out to a promising start Saturday by placing first and second in the 200 medley relay. Oliver Chow, Spencer Kabran, Christian Bell and Evan Carufel comprised the first-place unit.
Hastings answered by placing 1-3 in the 200 freestyle, but the Tigers piled up their share of points as well by placing 4-5-7-8. Eric Schimmel and Austin Kueck provided the fourth- and fifth-place finishes, respectively.
Chow and Aaron Cochnauer followed with a 5-6 showing in the 200 individual medley and Christopher Kirchmann and Dahlton Bell placed 1-6 in the 50 freestyle.
Carufel made it two straight first-place finishes for the Tigers by scoring 322.25 points in the 1-meter dive. Teammate Jonathan Bovee followed in fourth and Sean Dougherty was eighth.
The high individual finishes continued in the 100 butterfly as Cochnauer placed fourth and Brandon Dion and Tyler Lerbakken followed in sixth and eighth, respectively. The Tiger pack was even closer to the front In the 100 freestyle where Kirchmann placed second, Schimmel fourth and Christian Bell fifth.
Kirchmann, the Bells and Carufel went on to combine for a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay. The foursome also broke Lakeville's eight-year-old section record with a time of 1 minute, 31.43 seconds. The Tigers dominated the event, with their other three relays coming in fourth, seventh and eighth.
Kirchmann, Dahlton Bell, Schimmel and Daniel Berg closed out the meet by adding another gold-medal performance in the 400 freestyle relay. Two other Farmington 400 free relay squads cracked the top 10 in seventh and ninth, respectively.
Other top-10 individual finishes were turned in by Dion (9th) in the 200 IM, Mitch Haugen (10th) in the 50 freestyle, Bradley Dow (9th) in the 100 freestyle, Kueck (6th) and Berg (9th) in the 500 freestyle, Dahlton Bell (2nd), Cameron Molnar (6th) and Christian Bell (9th) in the 100 backstroke and Spencer Kabran (4th) and Nick Stephan (6th) in the 100 breaststroke.