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By Saturday night the Farmington swimming and diving team was in need of a breather.

The Tigers continued to build toward the post-season by competing in three meets in a span of five days. They capped off the hectic stretch with a third-place finish at Saturday's Section 1AA True Team Meet at Northfield.

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The team scored 336 points to champion Northfield's 449, with its lone first-place finish coming from junior standout Tyler Magalis in the 1-meter dive. Magalis scored 353.10 points to outdistance second place by over 32 points.

Magalis also helped the Tigers to three second-place performances. He joined Aaron Lane, Loren Hatten and Zach Holton for a second-place time of 148.93 in the 200 medley relay, then went on to place second individually in the 50 free in a time of 23.13 seconds.

In the ninth event of the day he combined with Holton, Chris Kirchmann and Allen Berg for a 1:38.38 in the 200 freestyle relay.

Berg secured two second-place finishes of his own, finishing the 500 freestyle in 5:18.47 and the 200 freestyle in 1:56.87. He closed out the day by teaming up with Hatten, Lane and Derek Anderson for a fourth-place swim in the 400 free relay.

The team's only other second-place finish came in the 100 butterfly where Holton finished in 1:00.93. Other top-six showings came from Hatten in the 100 breast stroke (third), Matthew Stephan in the 100 breast stroke (fourth), Holton in the 200 individual medley (fourth), Kirchmann in the 500 freestyle (fifth) and Lane in the 100 back stroke (fifth) and 100 freestyle (sixth).

The Tigers won five events Thursday against Prior Lake, but the Lakers used their depth to claim a 100-84 dual victory.

Magalis was once again part of three top finishes. He dominated the field in the dive with a score of 217.10 and also won the 50 freestyle in 23.75. Hatten, Holton and Brian Huls combined with Magalis for a first-place time of 1:46.68 in hte 200 medley relay.

Holton swam to a narrow victory in the 100 butterfly where his time of 59.91 edged Prior Lake's top swimmer by less than three-tenths of a second. He tacked on a third-place finish in the 200 individual medley and a third-place performance in the 400 freestyle relay that also featured Berg, Lane and Anderson.

Berg finished first out of six competitors in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:16.17 and earned second in the 200 freestyle. He closed out the meet by joining Magalis, Huls and Kirchmann for a second-place showing in the 200 freestyle relay.

Huls was second in both the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke and Hatten took second in the 100 breaststroke.

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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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