Central Ohio's three biggest crews left the USRowing Midwest Junior Rowing Championships on May 18 on Lake Harsha in Batavia happy.

Central Ohio's three biggest crews left the USRowing Midwest Junior Rowing Championships on May 18 on Lake Harsha in Batavia happy.

The top three finishers in every event advanced to the Youth National Regatta from June 13-15 on Lake Harsha, and the Dublin and Westerville club programs and the Upper Arlington High School team all will have boats in attendance.

The Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club won the boys╩points title╩with 195. Upper Arlington was second (158.5) and Westerville was third (95). Dublin tied for 15th (8).

UA also took second in the girls final point standings with 76 behind Cincinnati (242). Chicago Lincoln Park was third (72), followed by Westerville (67) and Dublin (57).

"We've never had a season like this one before where we've had the kind of success we're having," UA boys coach Chris Swartz said.

For the first time in its history, Westerville's boys won both the men's varsity 8 (5 minutes, 56.93 seconds) and men's lightweight 8 (6:12.65). Westerville added third-place finishes in the women's varsity 8 (6:47.2) and women's lightweight 8 (6:59.76).

Westerville's boys also won the varsity lightweight 4 (6:47.9) but isn't expected to╩have that boat compete╩at youth nationals.

Rowing on Westerville's varsity 8 boys boat are Andy Davis, Drew Grandjean, Chris Yeager, Scott Baker, Brian Ruh, Stephen Aberegg, Lucas Miller, James Kelly and coxswain Courtney Chicoine, while its lightweight 8 boys boat features Ethan Shoemaker, Brenden Palmer, Austin Hoyles, Justin Mikusa, Greg Miller, Andrew Baumgartner, Jake Pierron, Adam Shirey and coxswain Danielle Durbin.

Members of the girls varsity 8 include Erin Radigan, Allison Sobiech, Michelle Clark, Ashley LaFollette, Laura Hughes, Kayla Kroninger, Abby LaFollette, Kaylee Enscoe and coxswain Maggie Frankenberg. Gracie Bachmann, Melissa Machuta, Elaina Hill, Emi Grandjean, Sarah Scott, Francesca Prisco, Alex Sawatzki, Ania Czechowski and coxswain McKenna Cimperman made up the girls lightweight 8 boat. Bachmann joined the lightweight 8 boat after Laura Hughes switched to the varsity 8 boat.

UA's boys varsity 8 boat of Blake Haxton, Marco Benedetti, Zack Cramp, Mark Gramila, Steve Halsey, Jonathan King, Zach Lowe, Andy Weiland and coxswain Jen Gill finished third (6:03.04). Its boys lightweight 8 boat of Austin Salmons, Alan Chan, Mat Forquer, Stephen Barthelmas, Ian Oglesbee, Peter Elliott, Daniel Adams, Nathan Miller and coxswain Colin Brown was second (6:20.21). Also finishing as runners-up were UA's boys lightweight 4 of Salmons, Barthelmas, Chan, Weiland and Brown (6:48.84) and its boys varsity 4 of Benedetti, Cramp, Lowe, King and Brown (7:00.75).

Also for the Bears, the girls varsity 4 team of Haley Sommerfelt, Katherine Coons, Sarah Elliott, Alex Smart and coxswain Abby Meyer took third (7:37.21).

On May 10-11 on Lake Harsha at the Midwest Scholastic regatta for high school programs, the Bears also qualified seven boats to the Scholastic Rowing Association of America championships Saturday and Sunday in Oak Ridge, Tenn. UA is electing to take five of the seven boats to nationals -- its boys lightweight and junior 8, its boys varsity 4, its girls junior 8 and its girls lightweight 8. Dublin placed second (6:59.38) behind Lincoln Park (6:57.63) in the women's lightweight 8 and Shifumi Terasaka captured first in the varsity 1x final (8:34.26).

Competing on the lightweight 8 boat are Jordan Vellky, Kelly Merecicky, Michele Baeder, Amy Rohlfing, Ariel Brown, Becky Mehl, Mariah Hake, Nicole Baeder and coxswain Allie Davis.

"Shifumi hadn't really rowed the single all year so I think she actually kind of surprised herself," coach Greg Harvie said. "Our women's lightweight 8 girls were quite pleased. We made up some distance on Lincoln Park. We finished behind Westerville at the Hoover Regatta but we were ahead of them at the Governor's Cup as well.

"We've got a good chunk of time to work on drilling. Since we've got 10 athletes going, we can focus on those boats and get back to basics."