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Swimming and diving: Shuffled Tigers still sweep

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Some members of the Farmington swimming and diving team got to try out some new events last week.

With the Tigers facing a pair of lesser opponents, head coach Ryan Hamen made things interesting by juggling his lineup a bit. His squad still defeated Rochester Mayo 99-82 on Senior Night last Tuesday at Dodge Middle School and rolled by Shakopee 104-77 last Thursday.

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"I gave the seniors a chance to choose events they either have not swam in a long time or one they normally would not swim. This allowed us some very close races which made it a more exciting meet," Hamen said. "The swimmers had a lot of fun with it."

The Tigers still managed to win 7 of 12 events and earn more than their share of second- and third-place finishes against Mayo. At Shakopee they won all 12 events.

Oliver Chow, Dahlton Bell, Christian Bell and Dan Berg started the meet at Shakopee with a first-place finish in the 200 medley relay. Austin Kueck followed with a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle, Christopher Kirchmann won the 200 individual medley and Berg and Eric Schimmel went 1-2 in the 50 freestyle.

Evan Carufel kept the first-place finishes coming with yet another top finish in the 1-meter dive.

Chow, Christian Bell and Schimmel followed by each winning their second gold medal. Chow topped Kirchmann to claim the 100 butterfly, Bell topped the field in the 100 freestyle and Schimmel held on to win the 500 freestyle.

The Tigers continued their winning ways in the 200 freestyle relay. Kirchmann, Tyler Lerbakken, Brandon Dion and Aaron Cochnauer made it nine straight first-place finishes with a time of 1:34.61.

Chow followed with another win, this time in the 100 backstroke, and Spencer Kabran claimed first in the 100 breaststroke.

Berg, Bell, Kueck and Cameron Molnar closed out the sweep by winning the 400 freestyle relay.

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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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