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Swimming: Three events advance to Class 2A State Meet

Three state-qualifying events led Farmington to a third-place finish in the eight-team Section 1AA Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday in Rochester.

The Tigers scored 267 points, edging Hastings (261) and Owatonna (240) for a spot in the top three. Rochester Century won the meet and beat runner-up Northfield by nearly 100 points, 386-288.

"We expected to finish at least fourth," Farmington coach Ryan Hamen said. "The sheet we received from all the entries put us in that position. Some of the schools in our conference had a lot of graduates last year and our young team has been improving this year."

Tyler Magalis turned in Farmington's top finish, earning second in the 1-meter dive with a score of 390.35. He also earned a state bid as part of the third-place 200 medley relay, which clocked in at 1:42.55. Magalis swam the freestyle leg, while Brian Huls swam the backstroke, Lauren Hatten the breaststroke and Zach Holton the butterfly.

Huls joined Magalis as a double qualifier, adding a third-place 22.04 clocking in the 50 freestyle. Hamen said the team's goal is to get all three events to the finals at the state meet.

"Tyler Magalis and Brian Huls have a very good chance making it to the final heats while those in the relay are optimistic, yet know what they have to work on," he said.

Other meet highlights for the Tigers included Allen Berg's fourth-place time of 4:59 in the 500 freestyle, Hatten and Matt Stephan's 4-5 finish in the 100 breaststroke, Aaron Lane breaking the one-minute barrier in the 100 backstroke and Holton just missing a new school record in the 100 butterfly.

"We had a lot of younger swimmers exceed their best time goals this year," Hamen said. "We are very excited for next year."

The Class 3A State Meet gets under way tonight at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.