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Swimming and diving: Kirchmann, Schimmel win three

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Swimming and diving: Kirchmann, Schimmel win three
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

Christopher Kirchmann and Eric Schimmel were each part of three first-place finishes for Farmington in a 101-82 Missota Conference victory over Red Wing last Thursday at the Dodge Middle School pool.

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"Red Wing always has some great swimmers and most duals they usually take us," Farmington coach Ryan Hamen said. "The meet went well."

After a second-place finish in the opening 200 medley relay, Schimmel edged three strong Red Wing competitors to win the 200 freestyle in 1 minute, 57.33 seconds.

Schimmel went on to join Kirchmann, Daniel Berg and Evan Carufel for a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay and Kirchmann, Berg and Dahlton Bell for a first-place swim in the 400 freestyle relay.

Kirchmann added an individual gold in the 100 freestyle where he once again broke the 50-second barrier with a 49.77 clocking. Kirchmann also finished second by an eyelash in the 50 freestyle, falling to Red Wing's standout Tanner Alms by three hundredths of a second.

Oliver Chow added a pair of individual first-place finishes for the Tigers. He won the 200 individual medley and came back to top the field in the 100 backstroke. Teammate Aaron Cochnauer was second in the 200 IM and Bell was runner-up in the 100 backstroke.

Cochnauer was also second in the 500 freestyle and teamed up with Chow, Christian Bell and Spencer Kabran for a second-place swim in the 200 medley relay. Kabran later went solo to win the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.85.

Carufel added another first-place finish in the 1-meter dive. His score of 174.85 was good enough for a margin of victory of nearly 20 points.

Brandon Dion tacked on a second-place swim in the 100 butterfly.

The Tigers swim again Saturday at the True Team section meet at Northfield. They return home next Thursday for a conference dual meet against Chaska/Chanhassen.

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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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