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Swimming and diving: Tigers rule Missota pool

A little rest went a long way toward helping the Farmington swimming and diving team capture its second Missota Conference championship in three years.

The Tigers began backing off their intense workout schedule last Wednesday. The three-day breather paid off as they won all three relays and overtook Chaska/Chanhassen 537-529 Saturday at the Shakopee West Junior High pool.

"The boys got a little rest during practice and really worked on fine-tuning their strokes," Farmington coach Ryan Hamen said. "With what we did with a little rest and a lot of focus, I can't wait to see what they will do when they have 10 days of a true taper to get ready for sections."

The Tigers began their relay sweep with the 200 medley relay where Oliver Chow, Spencer Kabran, Brandon Dion and Evan Carufel edged runner-up Red Wing by less than half a second.

Cameron Molnar followed with a personal-best swim that earned him fourth in the freestyle and Eric Schimmel and Aaron Cochnauer came in 2-4 in the 200 individual medley.

The Tiger individuals again shined in the 50 freestyle where Chris Kirchmann placed second and Christian Bell and Evan Carufel came in 5-6. Kirchmann, Dahlton Bell and Christian Bell also came in 1-3-5 in the 100 freestyle.

In the 1-meter dive, Carufel placed second and teammate Jonathan Bovee was close behind in fourth. Chow, Dion and Cochnauer followed with a 2-3-4 placing in the 100 butterfly. Tyler Lerbakken was close behind in seventh.

Chow, Dahlton Bell and Molnar also placed 3-4-5 in the 100 backstroke. Austin Kueck added a sixth-place effort to score the team 13 points in the 500 freestyle.

An event later, the Tigers once again placed four individuals in the top eight. Nick Stephan placed fourth in the 100 breaststroke and Kabran, Robin DeCastro and Ben Cohoon placed 6-7-8.

The Bells, Carufel and Kirchmann continued the Tigers' relay success with a first-place and pool-record time in the 200 freestyle relay and the Bells, Molnar and Kirchmann clinched the meet victory with another first-place showing in the 400 freestyle relay.

"In my five years as head coach I?have never had three solid relays to bring to a meet,"?Hamen said. "We did beat our 400 freestyle relay record by 1/100th of a second. We want to do more, though."

The Tigers begin prelims for the Section 1AA Championships next Thursday at the Rochester Recreation Center.