The Farmington swimming and diving team didn’t place as high in the team standings as it would have liked, but still qualified for state in six events at Saturday’s Section 1AA finals at the Rochester Recreation Center.
Some members of the Farmington swimming and diving team got to try out some new events last week.
With the Tigers facing a pair of lesser opponents, head coach Ryan Hamen made things interesting by juggling his lineup a bit
Farmington swimming and diving coach Ryan Hamen knows there’s no shame in finishing last when competing against the 12 best teams in the state.
The Tigers have done it the last two seasons, placing 12th at the True Team state meet after winning the Section 1AA title in convincing fashion.
Farmington’s Christopher Kirchmann shined against some tough competition Saturday at the Maroon and Gold Invitational.
The senior won the 100 freestyle with a time of 50.26 seconds, placed second in the 50 freestyle in 22.68 and anchored two top-eight relays for the Tigers.
meet against the Minneapolis South Tigers last Thursday at the Dodge Middle School pool.
The host Tigers clinched the 99-58 win and sent the meet into exhibition scoring for the final four events by finishing first in the first eight events and coming in 1-2-3 in five of them.
Prior Lake won the first three events and pulled away for a 100-86 dual win over Farmington Dec. 18 at Dodge Middle School.
The Tigers cut into Prior Lake’s lead with a first-place finish by the foursome of Dahlton Bell, Dan Berg, Eric Schimmel and Christopher Kirchmann in the 200 freestyle relay.
Back in late August, Farmington finished a lonely third place at the first-ever Missota Conference Relays. They watched as talented Chanhassen and Northfield squads pulled away and the rest of the eight-team field lagged well off the pace.
Farmington will once again be well represented at the Class 2A State Swimming and Diving Championships. The Tigers will send five athletes in five events to this weekend’s Class 2A State Meet after placing third at the Section 1AA Championships Saturday at the Rochester Recreation Center.
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