The Farmington boys swimming and diving team came through with some of the breakout performances first-year coach Joe DeLuca has been waiting for at Friday's dual at Hopkins.
Thanks in large part to nine first-place finishes, the Tigers never trailed in a 100-86 victory at Hopkins North Junior High.
"We had our best meet of the season last Friday, not because we won, but because we had some of our best times of the season," DeLuca said. "The guys we're really pumped up and kept it going throughout the entire meet."
Senior standout Erik Huls was once again involved in four Farmington victories. He joined Brian Huls, Tyler Smith and Tom Fischer in the victorious, meet-opening 200 medley relay, rolled to easy wins in the 50 and 100 freestyle and capped off his day by teaming up with Fischer, Brandon Molnar and Nick Haugen for a first-place 1:34.56 clocking in the 200 free relay. A 1-3-5 team finish in the event bumped the Tiger lead to 78-62 with three events to go.
Molnar, Smith and Brian Huls concluded the meet by combining with Dylan Cavanaugh for a winning time of 3:42.65 in the 400 freestyle relay.
Cavanaugh also provided two individual victories, swimming to a personal-best 1:59.37 clocking in the 2000 freestyle and topping the 500 freestyle field in 5:18.70.
Other first-place finishes came from Molnar in the 100 butterfly and Brian Huls in the 100 backstroke. Huls' 1:02.84 was a career-best showing.
Smith turned in a pair of personal bests in finishing second in both the 200 individual medley and 100 breast stroke.
"It was a good confidence booster because we're getting into the long part of the season. We're getting to school early, staying late, hardly seeing daylight and working really hard," DeLuca said. "It was a great time to swim fast so we can finish off the season with some more work and swim even faster come February and March."
The Tigers compete again tonight when they make the road trip to Hutchinson for a 6 p.m. Missota Conference meet.