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.

•Hilliard will complete its season Saturday when it travels to Hamilton for the Burgundy and Blue Youth Regatta on the Ohio River. Hilliard will not compete in postseason races for club crews.

At the Governor's Cup last Saturday, Hilliard did not score, as it was sixth in the first heat (8 minutes, 31.96 seconds) of the first varsity 8, third in the first heat of the second varsity 4 (9:38.64), fourth in the third heat of the second varsity 4 (10:18.89) and sixth in the third heat of the lightweight 4 (10:11.84).

The boat which finished third in the second varsity 4 featured Molly McCartt in the stroke seat, Mallory Dawes as coxswain and Paige Holcomb, Lizzy Long and Morgan Staric as rowers.

Coach Jackie Reutenik said her team will have two 8 boats and two 4 boats at the Burgundy and Blue because that regatta will not have lightweight races.

One of the positives of the Governor's Cup Regatta was the return of junior Tosha Jones, who got bit by a poisonous spider at the Hoover Regatta on April 17.

"For me as a coach, the weather was very bad at the Hoover, and one of my athletes got bit by a brown recluse," Reutenik said. "I gave them the choice when the weather got really bad if they wanted to keep racing, and they all showed their commitment and attitude by going on.

"(Jones) had three bites from a poisonous spider, and it was a scary thing, but she's OK now. Luckily her mother is a nurse and they got her in (to a hospital) two days after the bite."

•Even though Westerville finished second and placed in nine events at the Governor's Cup, coaches Matt and Trish Chase believe there is work to be done over the coming weeks for their respective teams.

Westerville won the girls second novice 8 and the boys second varsity 4 races. Of Westerville's 118.5 points, 105.5 came from novice or second varsity boats. Although novice and second varsity boats can compete and score at the Midwest Junior championships, only first varsity 4 and 8 and lightweight 4 and 8 boats advance to the national regatta for club and high school teams.

"We've got a lot of depth, but we're still developing some things," said Trish Chase, who is the girls coach. "We have three more weeks to work at intensifying our workouts for nationals. The regattas leading up to Midwest Juniors are important, but we will be intensifying workouts now with our focus on nationals.

"I was surprised that our (girls varsity 8) didn't get into finals, but we're still looking to have our fastest boat possible. They placed fourth in their heat, and that's just racing sometimes."

The boys varsity 8 hasn't had the success it was expecting after posting solid times over the winter on erg machines. The first varsity 8, which features Lucas Miller in the stroke seat, finished sixth (6 minutes, 56.12 seconds), but the boys did not place in the lightweight 8.

During the weeks leading up to the Midwest Junior Championships, boys coach Matt Chase said changes will be made.

"To come in sixth was very disappointing," he said. "That's the lowest finish we've had in years. Our erg times are up there with some of the fastest boats we've had, but their time on the water is probably the slowest we've had in more than five years, and it's really disconcerting. We have made some changes to our training plan and that's adversely affected our boat speed. We'll be making some changes in our lineup and in our style of workouts. The question is, is it too little, too late?"

•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 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.

At a glance

Below are recent results and coming schedule for the Hilliard girls rowing team:

Last Saturday - Did not score at Governor's Cup Regatta on Griggs Reservoir as Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club (183) was first. Hilliard's second varsity 4 was third (9:38.64) in the first heat as the top two in each heat advanced to finals.

Saturday - At Burgundy and Blue Youth Regatta in Hamilton on the Ohio River