The Dublin high school club boys rowing team has a new coach this season in Joe Lambert and last had a boys boat at USRowing Youth Nationals in 2008 before its lightweight 8 advanced this season.
The experience wasn't completely new for one of its rowers, however.
New Albany senior Evan Taylor competed for Westerville a year ago and placed 20th at Youth Nationals in a youth 2 boat along with Taran Savoie. Prior to competing in this year's event held June 7-9 on Melton Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn., Taylor offered some insight to the other members of the program.
"Especially with our coxswain (Dublin Jerome junior Keegan Graham), I was able to sit down and show him the course, and it also was helpful for the coach," said Taylor, who plans to row for the University of Cincinnati. "Just me being there last year helped."
The boys light 8 was third of four boats during its second race but ended up in the C Final, where it placed last of six boats in 6 minutes, 28.94 seconds to place 18th overall.
In its first race June 7, the light 8 finished in what is believed to be a program-record 6:05.57 while placing last in its five-boat heat.
Taylor sat in the stroke seat of the boat that also included Graham, seniors Luke Neuroth (Dublin Scioto) and Thomas McCabe (Olentangy Liberty), juniors Sam Gugliemotto (Dublin Coffman), Johan McGwire (Jerome) and Ian Stamm (Coffman) and sophomores Jon Coyle (Coffman) and Brennan Kelly (Liberty).
Dublin originally planned to have two light 4 boats this spring before electing to combine the two into a light 8 in early May.
"Some people have had their whole lineups together for four or five months and we've only had that boat together a few weeks," Lambert said. "It was a blast, just the experience these kids had of getting (to Youth Nationals). Especially for these sophomores, I'm just looking forward to seeing them keep developing into better rowers."