Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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All three of Farmington’s 2016 state swim meet entrants will be back at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center this weekend. Austin Kueck, Ben Gunderson and Seth Krause all earned return trips to the Class 2A state meet with their performances at the Section 1AA Championships last weekend at the Rochester Recreation Center. They led a Tiger team that qualified athletes for the finals in all 12 events while placing third, just off the pace of runner-up Lakeville South.
The Farmington boys hockey team showed some spark in the second part of the first period of Saturday’s Section 1AA semifinals, but couldn’t maintain it over 51 minutes in a 6-2 loss to Lakeville South at Rochester Recreation Center.
Farmington Boys' Hockey The Farmington boys' hockey team will take a five-game losing streak into the section tournament after falling to Eastview 5-2 in Saturday's regular season finale at Schmitz-Maki Arena. The Tigers finished up at 8-16-1 overall and settled for seventh in the 10-team South Suburban Conference. They still earned a home game as the No. 3 seed in Section 1AA and host sixth-seeded Rochester John Marshall from the Big 9 Conference Thursday, Feb. 23. The puck drops at 7 p.m. Farmington won 6-2 when the two teams squared off in early December in Rochester.
The Farmington girls' basketball team once again showed the progress it has made during its second run through the South Suburban Conference last week. The Tigers traveled to Burnsville and came out on top 73-65 against a Blaze team they lost to by 21 points a month earlier. They returned to Tiger Gym Friday night to host third-ranked Lakeville North and hung within 15 points against a Panther team they lost to by 28 last month.
Amanda Davenport and Lauren Slayton once again delivered standout performances in earning trips back to the state meet, but it took strong scores from the rest of the lineup for the Farmington gymnastics team to turn in its highest-ever section meet finish Friday night.
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The Farmington boys' swimming and diving team celebrated its Senior Night by defeating Lakeville North 99-81 last Tuesday at the Dodge Middle School pool. The Tigers won eight out of 12 events and never trailed after opening the meet with a 1-3 finish from its top-two 200 medley relay teams. The foursome of seniors Ben Gunderson, Ian Alexander, Austin Kueck and Ethan Monroe teamed up for the opening victory.
The Farmington boys' hockey team missed out on a couple opportunities to make up ground on teams in front of it in the South Suburban Conference standings last week. The Tigers slipped back to seventh place in the 10-team league after matching 4-3 losses to Lakeville South and Eagan. The Tigers overcame a slow start with three unanswered goals to take a 3-2 lead Saturday at Schmitz-Maki Arena, but Eagan tied the game just over one minute later and scored what turned out to be the game-winner at the 10:10 mark.
The Farmington wrestling team closed out its challenging regular season schedule with a triangular Friday night against Faribault and Lakeville South at Lakeville South High School. The Tigers lost to Faribault 45-19 and South 48-29 to close out a 10-15 campaign that included a 2-7 mark in the South Suburban Conference. Of those 15 losses, 12 came to teams that were either ranked or on the state's honorable mention list.
The Farmington gymnastics team celebrated its Senior Night by once again breaking the school record with 144.85 points last Tuesday against Prior Lake at the Instruction Services Center gym. The Tigers turned in their best team scores of the season in the uneven bars and balance beam in their final meet before Friday’s Section 1AA Championships in Owatonna. They scored at least 36 points in all four events, an average score of 9.0 or better from all four counting gymnasts, in a balanced effort.