Swimming & Diving: Tigers win first-ever true team title
A wealth of talent and depth helped the Farmington boys swimming and diving team rise above the rest of the five-team field at Saturday's Section 1AA True Team Championships.
The Tigers won four events, notched 11 other top-five finishes and scored 797 points to capture their first-ever true team championship at Northfield Middle School. The victory earned them the right to compete at this Saturday's Class 2A True Team State Meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.
Northfield finished second in the section with 723 points, followed by Owatonna (621), Hastings (526) and Winona (354).
"I am so very glad that the boys are able to see such positive resuts from all the hard work and dedication they are pouring into this season. We look forward to next Saturday," Farmington coach Ryan Hamen said. "We will be swimming and diving against all those who finished top in their section throughout the state. We look forward to the chance of swimming at the U going against so many other great teams."
The Tigers took the lead through one event by finishing first, fifth and eighth in the 200 medley relay. The foursome of Brian Huls, Loren Hatten, Zach Holton and Tyler Magalis won the event in 1:46.51.
Allen Berg followed with a third-place swim in the 200 freestyle where Christopher Kirchmann and Eric Schimmel, finished fifth and eighth, respectively. Huls then came back to place third in the 200 individual medley, ahead of teammates Aaron Lane (sixth) and Matthew Stephan (7th).
Magalis recovered from the opening relay to lead three Tigers in the top 10 in both the 50 freestyle and 1-meter dive. He placed second in the 50 freestyle in 23.31, then won the dive with a score of 407.70. Teammate Evan Carufel added a fourth-place finish in the dive.
Holton followed with a third-place finish in the 100 butterfly and Huls and Kirchmann finished second and sixth, respectively, in the 100 freestyle.
The Tigers extended their lead with four top-10 place-winners in the 500 freestyle. Allen Berg just missed his season-best time while finishing second in 5:06.40, and Holton was right behind in third with a personal-best 5:16.94.
Magalis, Huls, Kirchmann and Berg then teamed up to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:33.95.
After a third-place finish by Aaron Lane in the 100 backstroke, Stephan and Hatten boosted the Tiger lead with a 1-2 finish in the 100 breaststroke. Both swimmers turned in season-best times.
The Tigers closed out the meet by placing three relay teams in the top nine in the 400 freestyle relay. Berg, Kirchmann, Hatten and Holton led the way with a third-place 3:35.26.