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Swimming and diving: Depth the difference in dual victory over Hopkins

Dahlton Bell prepares to lead off the Tigers' first relay during last Thursday's dual win over Hopkins at Dodge Middle School.

Hopkins won seven of the 12 events at last Thursday's dual at the Dodge Middle School pool, but Farmington's depth allowed it to score a 95-89 victory.

"The boys really stepped up.... Hopkins has some top swimmers who earned a number of first-places with great times. However, our depth gave us many 2-3-4 or 2-3-5 finishes, giving us more points to win," Farmington coach Ryan Hamen said. "I'm very proud of how our guys swam."

Hopkins won the first three events, but Farmington kept the score close by placing 2-3-4 in both the 200 medley relay and 200 individual medley.

The Tigers then swept the top three spots in the 50 freestyle. Eric Schimmel won the event and teammates Dan Berg and Tyler Lerbakken followed close behind.

Evan Carufel followed with an easy victory in the 1-meter dive, scoring 184.25 points. After Hopkins gained ground with a 1-2 finish in the 100 butterfly, Christopher Kirchmann posted a four-second margin of victory in the 100 freestyle and Austin Kueck bested the field by eight seconds in the 500 freestyle.

Kirchmann, Schimmel and Berg went on to join Christian Bell for a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay.

Hopkins once again answered by winning the next two events, but Farmington swimmers came in 2-3-4 in each to stretch the Tiger lead in the team race. Oliver Chow, Cameron Molnar and Dahlton Bell led the way in the 100 backstroke and Kirchmann, Nick Stephan and Spencer Kabran set the pace for the Tigers in the 100 breaststroke.

The Tigers are back in action tonight at Rochester Century.