Farmington swimmers shine at state meet
Members of the Farmington Tigers boys' swimming and diving team competed in eight different events this past weekend at the Class AA state swimming and diving meet and all eight of those entries advanced to either the consolation or championship finals. Making the championship finals were junior Seth Krause—who took sixth in the one-meter dive with a total of 342 points—an improvement of six spots from last year; senior Zach Nelson in the 500-yard freestyle who took eighth with a time of 4 minutes, 46.35 seconds after swimming a 4:40.89 in the preliminaries and the 400 freestyle relay team of Krause, Nelson and seniors Eric Heddinger and Ben Moorlach that also took eighth with a time of 3:13.10 (3:11.80 in the preliminaries).
The other five qualifiers (four individual events and another relay) all made it to the consolation finals. The 200 medley relay team of Krause, Nelson, Moorlach and freshman Brandon Wilcek took 13th with a time of 1:38.36 after swimming and 1:38.17 in the preliminaries. Nelson finished 15th in the 200 freestyle with a 1:45.36 (1:44.87 prelims), Krause was 10th in the 200 individual medley in 1:56.13 (1:56.35 prelims) and Hanes finished 13th in the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.03 (21.97 prelims). Moorlach took 14th in the 100 freestyle with a time of 48.68 (48.38 prelims). With all those events advancing to the finals, the Tigers as a team took 13th with 70 team points, while Edina won the team championship with 268 points.
An unique part of this state meet for the Tigers was Krause balancing his diving and swimming obligations. Despite being a multiple-time qualifier in diving, this was the first time he qualified for state in a swimming event. Heading into the meet, he said he had varied goals between the two disciplines.
"My goal was to get as close to winning as possible, my main goal is to get a medal at least," Krause said about the diving. "I worked to try and get as close to first as possible, but it was tough right after that 200 individual medley to do that. Swimming went pretty well, I dropped a little bit of time in most of my races. I did what I wanted to, I just wanted to make it back for finals this year. Hopefully next year I'll be able to do a little more of that."
The diving preliminaries were held on Thursday, Feb. 28, so he had time to recover before the swimming preliminaries the next day. However, the finals on Saturday saw him have swimming events both before and after diving, which he said took their toll. Krause was part of the 200 medley relay and 200 individual medley before his final dives in the middle of the progression of events and then the 400 freestyle relay at the very end of the meet.
"I thought that my dives on the finals night at state could have been much better had I not been so tired. But other than that I felt pretty good with what I did, and swimming wise I did the best I could and I did pretty well," Krause said. "I was pretty happy with the 200 individual medley, but next year I might have to consider something after diving, just so I have a bit more time and energy."