03 January 2014

Boys Swimming: Tigers have happy new year

Brandon Dion 100 butterfly champion (photo by Jim Lindquist)
The Tigers celebrated the new year with a 93-91 Missota Conference dual meet win over Northfield Thursday night at the Dodge Middle School pool.

Farmington led 93-79 heading into the final event, the 400 freestyle relay, in which it did not compete.

"We had a nice meet tonight," coach Ryan Hamen said. "Many of the boys were a bit tired after doing the marathon (fundraiser) over New Year's....It's always nice to beat Northfield as it is a great rivalry."

Of the 11 events where the Tigers were in the mix, they won seven and finished runner-up in the other four.

Both relay teams, the 200 medley foursome of Ben Gunderson, Robin DeCastro, Brandon Dion and Daniel Berg and the 200 freestyle quartet of Brock Lange, Spencer Kabran, Adam Dougherty and Eric Schimmel were victorious.

The five individual wins came from five different performers: Schimmel in the 200 freestyle; Dion in the 100 butterfly; Berg in the 500 freestyle; Ben Gunderson in the 100 backstroke and Jonathan Bovee on the one-meter board.

The runner-up finishes came from Dion, 50 freestyle; Berg, 200 medley; Schimmel, 100 freestyle and Nick Stephan, 100 breaststroke.

Devon Webb scored the lone Tiger third place finish in the 50 freestyle.

Other Tiger point scorers:
200 freestyle: 4. Lange; 5. A. Dougherty
200 individual medley: 4. Stephan
Diving: 5. Sean Dougherty
50 freestyle: 5. Kueck
100 freestyle: 4. Jonathan Kingsbury; 5. Kabran
100 butterfly: 4. Lange
500 freestyle: 4. Garrett Haugen; 5. Eric Heddinger
200 freestyle relay: 2. Stephan, DeCastro, Webb, Kueck
100 backstroke: 4. David Bovee
100 breaststroke: Jake Bauerle; 5. Kabran

Saturday the Tigers travel to the Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota for a big invitational meet.