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Swim team comes up short against Hastings

Last Tuesday's meet against Hastings didn't result in a win, but it did give the Farmington swimming and diving team an opportunity to turn in some of its best performances of the season as it prepares for the upcoming Missota Conference and Section 1AA meets.

The Tigers led 37-35 after a 1-2 finish by Evan Carufel and Jonathan Bovee in the 1-meter dive, but the Raiders rallied for a 96-84 victory at Dodge Middle School.

"It was a very exciting meet. I was hoping for more second-, third- and fourth-places, but for a small team Hastings has some very strong young swimmers," Farmington coach Ryan Hamen said. "I am very pleased because we had so many season best times as well as personal best times."

The Tigers opened the meet with a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay (Carufel, Nick Stephan, Brandon Molnar and Tyler Lerbakken). Zach Holton and Aaron Lane followed that up with a 1-4 finish in the 200 freestyle, with both swimmers turning in personal-best times.

Christopher Kirchmann and Aaron Cochnauer did the same thing in the 200 individual medley where they placed second and fourth, respectively.

Connor Kealy and Eric Schimmel then came in 2-3 in the 50 freestyle and the sweep of the 1-meter dive gave the home team its first and only lead of the meet.

Hastings took control by winning the next six events. The top Tiger finishes during the run were second-place showings by Kirchmann in the 100 freestyle, Schimmel in the 500 freestyle (personal record), the 200 freestyle relay and Lane in the 100 backstroke.

The Tigers closed out the meet with a first-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay by the foursome of Kirchmann, Kealy, Lane and Holton.