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Farmington qualified four events for all-state status at last weekend's state swim meet.

Swimming: Farmington's record-setting ways continue at state

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Farmington once again saved its best for last at the Class 2A State Swimming and Diving Championships.

The Tigers, who set all-time program bests last year when they placed 17th at state with 43 points, raised the bar with another record-setting performance in Saturday's finals at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center. Competing in six events, the Tigers set four school records and earned All-State honors in four events as they piled up 72 team points to place 13th out of 34 scoring teams.

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"The girls swam faster than they did at sections and broke some records they had just set the week before," Farmington coach Jen Marshall said. "I am so proud of this group of girls and what they have accomplished in and out of the water this year. They were great representatives of Lady Tiger swimming and diving with all of the hard work and dedication they put in."

Sophomore Kaitlyn O'Reilly, All-State in the 100 backstroke a year ago, achieved the honor in three events over the weekend. She was part of a 200 medley relay team that swam to a school-record 1 minute, 48.84 seconds in the prelims Friday and came back to place seventh in the finals in 1:49.20.

Senior Abby Haugen, freshman Zoe Avestruz and freshman Kirsten Kracke were also part of the first-ever Farmington relay to earn All-State honors.

O'Reilly returned to the pool two events later to place seventh in the 200 yard Individual medley finals in 2:08.64. She set a school record in the event in the prelims when she finished in a time of 2:06.37.

O'Reilly closed out the finals with a school-record time of 57.18 seconds in the 100 backstroke that was good enough for third place. She was eighth in the event last season.

Avestruz earned All-State status for the first time with an eighth-place time of 24.79 in the 50 freestyle. She added a school-record time of 58.61 in the 100 butterfly prelims and joined O'Reilly, Kracke and Cora Ruzicka for a school-record time of 3:38.78 in the 400 freestyle relay consolation final.

Edina outscored runner-up Minnetonka 316-188 for the team title. Stillwater, Eden Prairie, Rochester John Marshall, Rochester Mayo, Wayzata, Robbinsdale Armstrong, Prior Lake and Chanhassen rounded out the top 10.

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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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