At one point during the Governor's Cup Regatta last Saturday on Griggs Reservoir, the host Dublin crew coaching staff almost couldn't believe how smoothly things were running.

At one point during the Governor's Cup Regatta last Saturday on Griggs Reservoir, the host Dublin crew coaching staff almost couldn't believe how smoothly things were running.

It only added to Dublin's enjoyment that its boys and girls teams both showed improvement in varsity and lightweight boats compared to past Governor's Cup finishes.

"We were joking that it was actually going too perfectly," said Dublin girls coach Gina Geosano, who credited her program's alumni parents, helpers from the Greater Columbus Rowing Association, volunteers Dana Parrish and Deb Stoner and former coach Greg Harvie for the regatta's success. "We did not have one problem. We had maybe one or two minutes of rain, but other than that, it was just perfect."

Dublin finished 12th (20.5 points) of the 22 teams that scored, as the Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club defended its title with 183 points. Westerville was second for the second consecutive year, scoring 118.5 points, and Upper Arlington was seventh (78). Hilliard had four boats at the event but did not score.

The Upper Arlington boys and girls teams will be off until they travel to Harsha Lake in Batavia for the Midwest Scholastic Championships for high school teams May 8-9. UA then will join Westerville and Dublin at the Midwest Junior Championships, which will include club and high school programs, on May 15-16.

•Although Dublin's lightweight 4 of seniors Mariah Hake, Becky Mehl, Jordan Vellky and Sarah Voltmann has shined all season and did so again last Saturday, Geosano also was encouraged by the first varsity 8 boat's fifth-place finish (8 minutes, 9.3 seconds). Hake and Vellky recently were added to the boat, which also includes coxswain Sarah Asaad and rowers Kat Bauer, Sydney Casey, Mikaela Duckworth, Megan Flower, Olivia Gugliamotto and Katie King.

The lightweight 4, which features Voltmann in the stroke seat, was fourth (8:38.11).

Dublin also had two novice boats place among the top six.

"The girls varsity 8 reached the final, and when they got there they didn't finish last, which was wonderful," Geosano said. "We were excited that they qualified. We've changed the lineup in that boat and it was way better."

The boys lightweight 8, which has Josh Miller in the stroke seat, finished fifth (7:08.23). Michael Sharp was the coxswain, and the others rowers were Jason Woodall, Griffin Fillman, Vinay Balaji, Mac Workman, Brendan Leonard, Taran Savoie and Spencer Grisvard.

"There were 10 boats racing in that event and we got second in our heat to get to the final," coach Jared Crooks said. "That was our best showing in that event in maybe five years. They showed they can be competitive."

At a glance

Below are recent results and coming schedule for the Dublin boys and girls rowing teams:

Last Saturday - Finished 12th (20.5) of 22 teams which scored at Governor's Cup Regatta on Griggs Reservoir, behind champion Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club (183)

May 15-16 - Midwest Junior Championships on Harsha Lake in Batavia. The top three finishers in each event advance to USRowing Youth Nationals June 12-13 on Harsha Lake.