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Swimming and diving: Kirchmann, Carufel 1st for runner-up Tigers

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Farmington crowned two conference champions in three events and garnered 27 top-10 finishes while finishing second as a team at Saturday's Missota Conference Championships in Northfield.

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The Tigers finished with 441 points, 28 off the pace of league champion Chaska-Chanhassen's 469. Red Wing (407), Northfield (302) and Shakopee (239) rounded out the field.

"We had some phenomenal swims and our depth was what kept us so close to first," Farmington coach Ryan Hamen said. "We unfortunately disqualified in the breaststroke and lost a backstroker due to illness, so two possible swims did not earn any points. After reviewing it, it would have been a much closer second."

Junior Christopher Kirchmann was a double winner for the Tigers. He opened with a winning time of 22.79 seconds in the 50 freestyle, and then came back to claim the 100 freestyle in 49.80 seconds. Later in the meet, he led the team to a pair of season-best times and second-place finishes in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. Connor Kealy, Christian Bell and Zach Holton rounded out the 200 free relay and Kealy, Holton and Aaron Lane completed the 400 relay foursome.

The Tigers' other victory came in the 1-meter dive where junior Evan Carufel defended the title of 2011 conference, section and state champion Tyler Magalis, winning the event with a score of 305.80 points. Freshman teammate Jonathan Bovee added a fifth-place finish.

In two of the meet's 12 events, the Tigers placed all four of their entrants in the top 10. Carufel (sixth), Bell (eighth) and Eric Schimmel (10th) backed up Kirchmann in the 50 freestyle and Holton (third), Aaron Cochnauer (fourth), Brandon Dion (seventh) and Tyler Lerbakken (ninth) were all up front in the 100 butterfly.

Three Tigers cracked the top 10 in three other events, starting with the 200 freestyle where Holton placed fifth and was followed closely by Kealy (ninth) and Derek Anderson (10th). An event later, Lane swam a personal-best time in the 200 individual medley to earn second place and Cochnauer (fourth) and Nick Stephan (eighth) joined him in the top 10.

Lane led another strong Tiger finish in the 100 backstroke with a second-place finish. Cameron Molnar followed in sixth place and Garrett Haugen finished 10th.

Lane, Stephan, Lerbakken and Bell opened the meet with a third-place finish in the 200 medley relay.

Stephan went on to place third in the 100 breaststroke. Teammate Spencer Kabran was 10th. Molnar (500 freestyle) and Kealy (100 freestyle) each added eighth-place individual finishes.

The Tigers are back in action next Thursday when the Section 1AA prelims get under way at Rochester Rec Center.

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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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