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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Farmington senior Tyler Magalis capped off his career as a state champion Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center. Magalis, a four-time state qualifier, scored 461.35 points in the 1-meter dive to outscore runner-up Andrew Germain of Mounds View by over 35 points. The Tigers finished 14th in the team standings with 62 points. The full story on the Class 2A State swimming and diving meet will appear in next week's print edition of the Independent.
Class 2A State Swimming and Diving Farmington senior diver Tyler Magalis is in first place after the prelims at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center. Magalis, a four-time state qualifier in the 1-meter dive, scored 324.25 points in Thursday's prelims. Andrew Germain of Bengals is second with 290.95 points. In the pool, Brian Huls was the only swimmer to earn reach the top 10 with an eighth-place prelim time of 48.12 seconds in the 100 freestyle.
200 medley relay Farmington: 1:41.91, 18th out of 24 50 freestyle Brian Huls: 21.37, 1st out of 23 1-meter dive Tyler Magalis: 2nd out of 32 100 freestyle Brian Huls: 47.62, 4th out of 21 500 freestyle Allen Berg: 4:58.49, 30th out of 32 200 frestyle relay Farmington: 1:29.96, 13th out of 23
Inexperience didn't keep a pair of Farmington sophomores from performing their best at the Class 2A State Gymnastics Meet. Kiana Lord and Nadia Lorencz -- both first-year members of the Farmington gymnastics team -- each cracked the top 10 in their first career appearances Saturday at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion. Lord, who qualified for state as an all-arounder, had her best showing in the balance beam, where she placed sixth with a score of 9.4.
For the third straight year Farmington wrestler Carl Elmer will close out his season with a trip to the Class 3A State Tournament. Elmer, who now stands at 32-7, advanced with an undefeated run through the 140-pound bracket at the Section 2AAA individual tournament Saturday at Prior Lake. Elmer opened with a pin, then advanced to the finals with a 15-7 major decision over Prior Lake's Ryan Norton. In the championship, Elmer scored an 8-3 decision over Gavin Larsen (30-7) of Chaska/ Chanhassen. Elmer will wrestle again at 1 p.m. Saturday at Xcel Energy Center in St.
Keith Revels saw no reason to make up excuses. His Farmington Tigers simply ran into a better team in Saturday's Section 1AA semifinals. Top-seeded Lakeville South scored three goals in each of the first two periods at the Rochester Recreation Center and ended up advancing to the section finals with a 7-0 victory. The Tigers, who entered having won five games in a row, were shut out for the first time in 13 months. "Not sure there is much else to say. They are a very good team and they took it to us," Revels said. "We played hard.
While Rochester Century was pulling away for another Section 1AA team championship, Farmington put a stronghold on second place and qualified six events for this week's Class 2A State Meet Saturday at the Rochester Rec Center. "These boys went into this meet optimistic, but knew they had to put in the work. It was our goal to win sections, but with the effort they put out they feel like they have won," said coach Ryan Hamen, who was honored as the Section 1AA Coach of the Year. "I am very proud of our boys." The Tigers scored 322 points, 75 off the pace set by the Panthers.
Shelby Calhoun, Jamie Kenealy, Jordan Bridges, Elena Koch, Jessica Gaalswyk and Sarah Silber get to cap off their high school basketball careers as no other class of Farmington senior girls has -- as Missota Conference champions. The Tigers (22-3) led from start to finish in Friday night's regular season finale against conference co-leader New Prague and earned a share of the program's first Missota Conference championship with a 56-37 thumping of the Trojans in front of a large Senior Night crowd at Tiger Gym. Shakopee and Chanhassen joined Farmington as conference tri-champions.
Farmington's Kiana Lord finished sixth in the balance beam and 19th out of 31 competitors in the all-around with a score of 36.675 at the Class 2A State Gymnastics Meet held Saturday at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavillion. Teammate Nadia Lorencz added a 10th-place showing out of 31 competitors in the vault. Her best score in the event was a 9.65. Senior Terra Klima closed out her career with a 26th-place effort in the uneven bars.
While Rochester Century was pulling away for another Section 1AA team championship, Farmington put a stronghold on second place and qualified six events for next week's Class 2A State Meet Saturday at the Rochester Rec Center. The Tigers scored 322 points, 75 off the pace set by the Panthers. Senior Tyler Magalis punched his state ticket by breaking own school record in the one-meter dive with a score of 496.45.