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Swimming: Holton, Lane, Kirchmann lead Tigers to win

Seven first-place finishes lifted the Farmington swimming and diving team to a 94-87 victory over Northfield in its first Missota Conference meet of the season Thursday at Northfield Middle School.

"Our varsity athletes showed a little more improvement from our invite in Prior Lake. Most swimmers are working very hard in order to achieve their goals. Practices have gotten more rigorous and, although the swimmers are having to get used to them, they are stepping up at meet time to perform," Farmington coach Ryan Hamen said. "We did very well but still are not satisfied. We set some great goals this year and the boys are staying focused on what they have to do in order to get their performances better."

Senior Zach Holton and juniors Christopher Kirchmann and Aaron Lane were each part of three first-place performances. All three helped the Tigers close out the meet by joining Connor Kealy for a winning time of 3 minutes, 36.71 seconds in the 400 freestyle relay.

Kirchmann added a pair of individual victories. He set the pace in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.29 and came back to claim the 100 freestyle in 51.72.

Lane won the 100 backstroke with a 1:01.71 clocking and Holton cruised in the 100 butterfly with a winning time of 59.02. Lane and Holton opened the meet by teaming up with Kealy and Nick Stephan for a first-place finish in the 200 medley relay.

Junior Evan Carufel gave the Tigers first place in the 1-meter dive with a score of 141.10 and teammate Jonathan Bovee took runner-up honors.

The Tigers were second in seven events, including both the 200 freestyle and 200 medley relays. Other runner-up finishes went to Christian Bell in the 50 freestyle, Eric Schimmel in the 200 freestyle, Kealy in the 500 freestyle and Holton in the 200 individual medley.

Farmington also won the JV meet, 104-63.

The Tigers got first-place JV finishes from Austin Kueck in the 500 freestyle and 100 butterfly, Dahlton Bell in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke, Bradley Dow in the 100 freestyle, Ian Alexander in the 200 IM and the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams.

"A lot of our newer swimmers are showing great promise,"?Hamen said. "Last night was the first experience for many at a swim meet and there was a lot of excitement from everyone."