With the USRowing Midwest Championships a little more than three weeks away, the Westerville high school club crew team has been monitoring more closely each week how it stacks up against the other teams it is likely to see at that event.

With the USRowing Midwest Championships a little more than three weeks away, the Westerville high school club crew team has been monitoring more closely each week how it stacks up against the other teams it is likely to see at that event.

One of the programs Westerville usually battles with at that level is the Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club, and coach Matt Chase believes his boys and girls teams' performances last Saturday in the Hoover Invitational are evidence that they are positioned for another tight clash.

"Among the teams (in the Hoover Invitational) which could compete at the Midwest meet, we got first in the Varsity Lightweight Men's 8, we had the fastest team in the Varsity Men's heavyweight 8 and the second-fastest team in the girls varsity 8," Chase said. "So we did very well. Cincinnati beat us in the regatta for total team points, but in the events that we go to nationals in, we did better than them. Cincinnati has finished in the top six in the nation in 12 of the last 13 years, so this is really good news for us."

Westerville's last opportunity to qualify boats to the Midwest regatta is Saturday when it competes in the Governor's Cup Regatta at Griggs Reservoir, an event in which it placed second last year with 206 points behind Cincinnati (359).

Westerville won its first Governor's Cup title in 2006.

In the Hoover Invitational, Cincinnati captured the team title with 157 points and Northfield (Ill.) New Trier was second (144.5). Westerville finished third (143).

The other area programs in attendance were Dublin, which tied for eighth (23), and Hilliard, which did not score.

Westerville's varsity 8 boat of Andy Davis, Drew Grandjean, Chris Yeager, Scott Baker, Brian Ruh, Stephen Aberegg, Luke Miller, James Kelly and coxswain Courtney Chicoine was second in 6 minutes, 19.3 seconds behind Wilmette (Ill.) Loyola (6:16.66) as Cincinnati was third (6:21.89). Westerville's Lightweight 8 of Ethan Shoemaker, Brendan Palmer, Austin Hoyles, Justin Mikusa, Greg Miller, Andrew Baumgartner, Jake Pierron, Adam Shirey and coxswain Danyell Durbin was first (6:38.68).

Westerville's girls Varsity 8 of Erin Radigan, Allison Sobiech, Jen and Michelle Clark, Abby and Ashley LaFollette, Kayla Kroninger, Kaylee Enscoe and coxswain Maggie Frankenburg finished third (7:15.39) behind the Lincoln Park Juniors (6:57) and Loyola (7:14.26) as Cincinnati was fifth (7:18.15). Its Lightweight 8 also was third (7:40.27).

"What's clear is that we're improving as we hoped," Chase said. "We go to regattas to find out where we are in space and time."

•Dublin will look for another strong finish in the Governor's Cup after placing fifth (79) a year ago.

In the Hoover Invitational, Dublin was second in the Men's Novice 4 (8:04.64) behind Toledo St. John's (8:04.63) for 16 of its 23 points.

Dublin also scored three points in the Women's Novice 8 (fifth, 8:20.93) and the Women's Lightweight 8 (fourth, 7:51.39) and one point in the Women's Varsity 4 (fifth, 8:51.42).

•Hilliard will compete in its third and final regatta of the spring when it travels to the Governor's Cup, where it failed to score a year ago.

Last Saturday, Hilliard was third in its heat of the Women's Varsity 8 (8:08.05) but failed to advance to the final. It also was fifth in its heat of the Women's Varsity 4 (9:51.35).

On the Varsity 8 boat were Jessica Duckro, Alexis Caldwell, Jazmine Singer, Polly Long, Megan Griffin, Madi Powell Abby Cornwell, Abby Russell and coxswain Paige Pelligrino.

"They ended up canceling all of the 4s and doubles finals (because of bad weather) and my 8 did not make it to the final, but they were extremely pleased with how they did," coach Liz Lucas said. "They felt like they stuck with the other boats and were very excited.

"We'll put our same lightweight 4 out there again for the Governor's Cup and we're going to put out a Senior 4, which should be fun for our last regatta of the year."

At a glance

Below are the final team scores from the Hoover Invitational Regatta last Saturday at Hoover Reservoir:

1. Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club 157; 2. Northfield (Ill.) New Trier 144.5; 3. Westerville 143; 4. Chicago Lincoln Park Juniors 125.5; 5 Wilmette (Ill.) Loyola 116.5; 6. Toledo Notre Dame 30; 7. Toledo St. John's 25; 8. Dublin, Saline (Mich.) 23; 10. Cincinnati Country Day, Verona (Pa.) Steel City Rowing Club 22.5; 12. Austinburg Boat Club 20; 13. Whitehouse Anthony Wayne, Greater Dayton Rowing Association 14; 15. Detroit Boat Club 13.5; 16. Indianapolis Rowing Center 12; 17. Steubenville Big Red Crew, Cleveland St. Ignatius 6; 19. ĘParkersburg (W.Va.) South 4; 20. RowPittsburgh 3; 21. Toledo St. Ursula 1.5; 22. Chicago Ignatius Crew 1; 23. Dayton Boat Club 0.75

Of note: Hilliard Rowing Association did not score