Swimming and diving: Host Farmington second at Missota meet
The Farmington swimming and diving team got to celebrate a second-place team finish and conference championships in three events on its home turf Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers scored 421 points to come in second out of six teams at the final Missota Conference Championships at the Dodge Middle School pool. Chaska/Chanhassen won the final league meet with 502 points and Northfield was right on Farmington’s heels in third with 407 points.
“We had some great swims today,” Farmington coach Ryan Hamen said. “Our diving did not finish as well as we hoped, but many of our swims did much better than expected.”
Senior Daniel Berg had what Hamen called a “phenomenal meet.” He cut over half a second off his best time to win a conference title in the 50 freestyle and turned in another personal best split while anchoring the 400 freestyle relay to first place. Berg, Eric Schimmel, Brandon Dion and Garrett Haugen combined to defeat runner-up Chaska/Chanhassen by just under eight tenths of a second with a time of 3 minutes, 22.63 seconds.
Berg added a runner-up finish in the 100 freestyle, Schimmel was close behind in seventh, and Berg, Schimmel, Haugen and Dion teamed up for a fourth-place showing in the 200 freestyle relay. Schimmel opened the meet with a sixth-place finish in the 200 freestyle.
Dion added an individual Missota title of his own, winning the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.52 seconds that was just over half a second from the school record. Robin DeCastro was fifth in the 100 butterfly and Austin Kueck and Dion scored a 4-5 finish in the 200 individual medley.
Kueck tacked on another fourth-place swim in the 500 freestyle.
In the 100 backstroke, Ben Gunderson and David Bovee finished 3-4. Four Tigers cracked the top eight in the 100 breaststroke where DeCastro, Nick Stephan, Jake Bauerle and Spencer Kabran came in 3-6-7-9.
Gunderson, DeCastro, Kabran and Adam Dougherty opened the meet by teaming up for a third-place finish in the 200 medley relay.
Jonathan Bovee led Farmington’s divers with a sixth-place finish.
The Tigers begin prelims at the Section 1AA Championships next Thursday at the Rochester Recreation Center.