Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014.
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The Farmington Tigers boys' hockey team came away with a tie and a loss last week as it continued its non-conference schedule to start the season. The Tigers tied with St. Cloud 3-3 after overtime on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Schmitz-Maki Arena and then fell to St. Thomas Academy 6-2 on Saturday at home. Farmington led 3-1 in the third period against St. Cloud before St. Cloud forced overtime and against St. Thomas Academy they were down 3-1 after the first period. With the tie and loss, Farmington is now 1-2-1 overall and started South Suburban Conference play on Tuesday at home versus Apple Valley. They then go to Lakeville South on Saturday, Dec. 8.
The Farmington Tigers boys' hockey team had the game well in hand Tuesday night as they led St. Cloud 3-1 heading into the third period. However, St. Cloud scored two goals in the middle of the third to send the game into overtime and the contest eventually ended in a 3-3 tie. With the tie, the Tigers are 1-1-1 through their first three games and host St. Thomas Academy on Saturday, Dec. 1.
The Farmington Tigers girls' hockey team began its season with a loss in its home opener to Rosemount but followed with a road blowout of Prior Lake. The Tigers fell 5-2 at home to the Irish on Tuesday, Nov. 13, but then bounced back that Saturday at Prior Lake where they won 7-1. They did not play the week of Thanksgiving. Farmington traveled to Lakeville North on Tuesday, Nov. 27, and hosts Burnsville Thursday, Nov. 29.
The Farmington Tigers boys' hockey team started its season with two road matchups against Roseau and Thief River Falls on back-to-back nights. They fell at Roseau on Friday, Nov. 24, 1-0 and then went to Thief River Falls on Saturday where they won 2-1.
The Farmington Tigers and Rosemount Irish girls' swimming and diving teams both had representatives compete at the Class AA state swimming and diving tournament Nov. 14-16. Rosemount finished 17th as a team with 47 points while Farmington was 28th with 12 points.
The Farmington Tigers girls' swimming and diving team competed in the Section 1AA meet last week and sent a diver, two relays and two swimmers to the Class AA state meet. The Tigers were also the Section 1AA runner-up and head coach Jen Marshall was named Section 1AA Coach of the Year.
The Farmington Tigers girls' swimming and diving team competed in their Section 1AA preliminary races Wednesday evening at the Rochester Recreation Center. All relays made it to the finals on Friday as well as swimmers in every event. Diving preliminaries take place Thursday evening. The top two swimmers/teams in each event, plus anyone under the qualifying standard time in the events. The top four divers in each section also qualify for the state meet. Below are those swimmers who qualified for the finals by event, the top eight relays and 16 swimmers in each event advanced.
The Farmington Tigers boys' and girls' cross-country teams both put together some incredible performances Saturday at the Class AA state meet on the campus of St. Olaf College. The Tigers girls took fourth overall and were just 18 points out of third and the podium, led by a second and third-place finish from senior Lauren Peterson in her last prep race and a resurgent sophomore Anna Fenske. The boys took 12th behind great performances from juniors Noah Revels and Aaron Kruse.
The Farmington Tigers girls' swimming and diving team wrapped up their regular season the past two weeks with a victory over Burnsville and loss to Prior Lake. Coming off winning the Section 1AA True Team meet and taking 11th at Class AA True Team State, the Tigers beat the Blaze 92-89 on Oct. 16 but then fell in the season finale to the Lakers 96-88 on Oct. 23. Farmington will travel to Rochester next week for the Section 1AA meet Nov.7-9 at the Rochester Recreation Center. Day one is swimming prelims, day two diving prelims and day three finals for both. Each days' events start at noon.
The Farmington Tigers boys' and girls' cross-country teams managed the clean sweep in qualifying for the class AA state meet last Thursday. The girls dominated on their way to a Section 1AA championship at Brooktree Golf Course in Owatonna while the boys were runners-up behind Red Wing. This is the second year in a row the Tiger girls have qualified for the state meet, while last year now-junior Noah Revels qualified as an individual for the boys.