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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.
The Farmington Tiger volleyball team traveled to Rochester Friday night to take on the Rochester Century Panthers in the second round of the Section 1AAA playoffs. The result was a reverse of the two team's match from earlier in the season as the Panthers swept the Tigers 3-0. Farmington was the No. 5 seed in the section while Rochester Century was No. 4. The Tigers end their season with an overall record of 13-13 after beating Albert Lea in the first round before falling to the Panthers.
The Farmington football team traveled to Edina to take on the Hornets Friday night and saw their season come to an end by a score of 43-26. Like many other games this season, the Tigers fell behind quickly and were forced to try and play catch-up, but were unable to get the stops needed to do so. Farmington finishes the season with a 1-8 record overall, their only win coming against Eagan at TCO Stadium.
The Farmington Tigers volleyball team handled their business quickly Wednesday night when they hosted Albert Lea for the first round of Section 1AAA volleyball. The Tigers, who are the No. 5 seed, hosted No. 12 Albert Lea who had not won a match all season. Farmington swept the match 3-0 25-6, 25-16, 25-19. Tonight they advance and travel to Rochester where they will take on No. 4 Rochester Century to advance to the section semifinals.
The Farmington Tigers volleyball team earned the No. 5 seed in Section 1AAA this postseason and will host No. 12 Albert Lea on Wednesday. The Tigers finished the season with a 13-12-1 overall record and were 2-7 in the South Suburban Conference. Heading into the section playoffs, Farmington went 2-1-1 at the Cannon Falls Tournament with a tie against Wabasha-Kellogg (25-19, 20-25), wins over Chatfield (25-14, 25-18) and Sibley East (25-22, 25-22) and a loss to Tartan (25-19, 25-11). They then dropped their last two SSC matches against Eagan (3-0) and Lakeville South (3-0).
Wednesday night's football game in Farmington against Lakeville South quickly got out of hand for the Tigers. Farmington looked to notch one more win before the post-season started but instead gave up 45 first-half points to the Cougars and lost 59-21. The Tigers finished the regular season with a record of 1-7 and will head into the Class AAAAAA tournament with the No. 7 seed, which means they will travel to No. 2-seeded Edina to take on the Hornets next Friday, Oct. 26.