Swimming: Tigers take 12th at True Team StateFarmington diver Tyler Magalis set a meet record at last weekend's True Team State competition, but the Tigers took 12th place overall in their first trip to the meet.
By: Matt Steichen, The Farmington Independent
Tyler Magalis has had some success diving at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.
The senior capped off each of his last three seasons with appearances in the 1-meter dive at the Class 2A State Meet. Last winter, he achieved his highest placing yet with a sixth-place finish.
Back at the Aquatics Center Saturday as part of Farmington’s first True Team State qualifying team, Magalis set the meet record with a winning 11-dive score of 447.80. He broke Andres Hansen’s previous mark of 433.35 set last season and blew away runner-up John Tellegren of Anoka by 44 1/2 points.
The Tigers settled for 12th in the 12-team field with 916.5 points — well off the pace of champion Minnetonka’s 2,063 points — but head coach Ryan Hamen said the experience of competing at True Team State was still valuable for his team.
“We saw the best teams in the state and getting to be part of that was truly amazing,” he said.
The rest of the field included Edina (1,929.5), Eden Prairie (1,871), Rosemount (1,799.5), Stillwater Area (1,568.5), Maple Grove (1,508.5), Mounds View (1,419), Lakeville South (1,307.5), Cretin-Derham Hall (1,181.5), Brainerd (1,074) and Anoka (963.5).
Farmington’s only other top 10 finishes came in the 200 freestyle relay and the 1-meter dive. The foursome of Magalis, Chris Kirchmann, Brian Huls and Allen Berg combined on a ninth-place time of 1:34.09 in the 200 freestyle relay and sophomore Evan Carufel emerged to claim 10th in the dive with a score of 250.40.
Huls added 11th-place swims in both the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle.
“We did not achieve many best times, but at this time of the year I still don’t expect to drop a lot of times,” Hamen said.
Huls, Magalis, Loren Hatten and Zach Holton opened the meet by placing 13th in the 200 medley relay. Holton added a 17th-place finish in the 100 butterfly and Allen Berg was 15th in the 500 freestyle.
Matt Stephan added a 19th-place swim in the 100 breaststroke.
The Tigers compete again tonight at home against Chaska/Chanhassen, then close out the regular season Tuesday with a meet at Rochester John Marshall. Championship season begins with the Missota Conference Championships next Saturday at Dodge Middle School and the Section 1AA Championships get under way 12 days later in Rochester.
The Tigers geared up for their first True Team State Meet appearance by winning eight of 12 events and rolling past Rochester Mayo, 98-83, in a non-conference meet Thursday night at Dodge Middle School.
Huls was once again part of three first-place showings. He opened the meet by teaming up with Magalis, Zach Holton and Loren Hatten for a victory in the 200 medley relay, then went on to claim the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke.
Allen Berg was also a three-time winner. He topped the field in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle, then joined Hatten, Kirchmann and Holton for a winning performance in the 400 freestyle relay.
Magalis added another victory in the dive with a score of 236.25 and Holton followed with a first-place swim in the 100 butterfly.