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Senior Dahlton Bell swims for the Tigers during prelims at the Class 2A state meet last week.

Swimming and diving: Tigers finish 22nd at state

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Swimming and diving: Tigers finish 22nd at state
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

The Farmington boys swimming and diving team brought six events to the Class 2A state meet and finished right in the middle of the 45-team field at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.

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The Tigers placed 22nd with 26 points, one point behind 21st-place Tartan and five off the pace of Elk River Area and a spot in the top 20.

"The team did okay. We finished a little better than most years, getting two relays and two individuals in the finals," Farmington coach Ryan Hamen said. "We had hoped to get at least one individual and one relay into the championship heat, but it just didn't happen. The competition this year was great.... The boys didn't get some of the times they had hoped, but were real excited to be there."

The Tigers were paced by a pair of 11th-place finishes. Senior Christopher Kirchmann capped off his standout career with an 11th-place time of 47.2 in the 100 freestyle and joined fellow seniors Dahlton Bell, Christian Bell and Cameron Molnar for an 11th-place 1:28.75 in the 200 freestyle relay. The Tigers entered with the fifth faststed qualifying time and placed ninth in the prelims.

In the 400 freestyle relay, the same four swimmers combined for a 15th-place finish.

Senior Evan Carufel closed out his career by placing 13th in the 1-meter dive with a score of 297.10. Teammate Jonathan Bovee placed 27th in his first career state meet.

Kirchmann added a 22nd-place finish in the 50 freestyle.

Eden Prairie won the Class 2A team championship, outscoring runner-up Edina 344-237.

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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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