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Swimming: Farmington brings home its second straight True Team title

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Swimming: Farmington brings home its second straight True Team title
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

Last season the Farmington swimming and diving team went to Northfield for the Section 1AA True Team meet and came back with the program's first championship.


This year the Tigers got to defend that championship on their home turf. They won four of the meet's 12 events and sprinkled in 38 top-10 finishes in edging runner-up Owatonna 436-406 for Section 1AA True Team title Saturday at Levi Dodge Middle School. The team will try to improve on last year's 12th-place finish when the True Team State Meet gets under way Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.

"Farmington had a great day. The boys stepped up and knew they had to swim their best and get the points we needed to get to the U of M next week," Farmington coach Ryan Hamen said. "Next week we will be swimmng against the top 2A swim teams in the state. I hope to have a full roster and continue to swim well and enjoy our time."

Christopher Kirchmann helped account for three of Farmington's four first-place finishes on Saturday. He opened by winning the 50 freestyle in 23.27 seconds, then claimed the 100 freestyle in 51.46 before joining Cameron Molnar, Zach Holton and Aaron Lane for a first-place finish in the 400 freestyle. Kirchmann also teamed up with Eric Schimmel, Evan Carufel and Christian Bell for a second-place effort in the 200 freestyle relay.

Lane accounted for the other victory. He won the 100 backstroke in 1:00.98. Holton and Lane also finished 2-3 in the 200 individual medley and joined Nick Stephan and Carufel for a second-place showing in the 200 medley relay.

Carufel followed that up with a third-place swim in the 50 freestyle and a second-place score in the 1-meter dive. Holton and Aaron Cochnauer followed that up with a 2-3 finish in the 100 butterfly.

Molnar placed fourth in the 100 backstroke and fifth in the 500 freestyle. Nick Stephan added a fourth-place effort in the 100 breaststroke and Schimmel and Derek Anderson finished 4-5 in the 200 freestyle.

Farmington 99,

Shakopee 85

200 medley relay: 1.1:55.29.

200 freestyle: 1. Holton, 1:57.11; 2. Lane, 2:03.00.

200 IM: 1. Kirchmann, 2:15.57.

50 freestyle: 2. Bell, 25.10.

1-meter dive: 1. Carufel, 199.15.

100 freestyle: 2. Molnar, 56.28.

500 freestyle: 2. Schimmel, 5:44.07.

200 freestyle relay: 1. Farmington, 1:59.03.

100 backstroke: 2. Kirchmann, 1:09.43.

100 breaststroke: 1. Stephan, 1:10.70; 2. Spencer Kabran, 1:11.78.

400 freestyle relay: 1. Farmington, 3:39.45.

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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