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Swimmers fall to Hopkins in dual meet

Hopkins won eight of 12 events to secure a 100-86 dual win over Farmington Thursday night at the Hopkins North Junior High pool.

The hosts won the meet's first three events before Topher Kirchmann put the Tigers in the win column with a first-place time of 23.50 seconds in the 50 freestyle. Teammate Evan Carufel was right behind in a second-place time of 24.80.

Kirchmann, Carufel, Connor Kealy and Christian Bell also teamed up to earn first-place honors in the 200 freestyle relay, where their time of 1:37.83 edged Hopkins' top foursome by more than four seconds.

Carufel finished as the Tigers' lone triple winner by adding a first-place score of 182 points in the 1-meter dive.

Senior Zach Holton added a first-place 54.33 clocking in the 100 freestyle. Holton also earned runner-up finishes as parts of the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays. He joined Aaaron Lane, Spencer Kabran and Kirchmann in the 200 medley relay and Lane, Kealy and Cameron Molnar in the 400 freestyle relay.

Other second-place finishers were Lane in the 100 backstroke and Kealy in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly.

First-place finishes were just as hard to come by against a talented Prior Lake team last Tuesday at Hidden Oaks Middle School.

The Lakers swam the last three events as exhibitions as they won 10 events and rolled past the Tigers, 94-83.

The visitors grabbed a pair of runner-up finishes early on as the foursome of Molnar, Kealy, Nick Stephan and Tyler Lerbakken took second in the 200 medley relay and Kirchmann placed second in the 200 individual medley.

Carufel followed with another first-place effort in the dive as his score of 128.60 was just over three points better than Prior Lake's top diver.

After a 1-2-3 Laker finish in the 100 butterfly, Kirchmann claimed the 100 freestyle in a time of 50.80. Kirchmann also swam legs of two runner-up relays, the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle. He was joined by Carufel, Bell and Holton in the 200 freestyle and Holton, Molnar and Kealy in the 400 freestyle.

Stephan added a runner-up finish in the 100 breaststroke and Holton was third in both the 500 freestyle and 200 freestyle.

The Tigers are back in action tomorrow at the Apple Valley Invite. Swimming events get under way at Valley Middle School at 3 p.m.