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.

•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?"

At a glance

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

Last Saturday — Finished second (118.5) of the 22 teams that scored at Governor's Cup Regatta on Griggs Reservoir, behind Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club (183). The boys were first in the second varsity 4 (7:38.28), fourth in the first novice 8 (7:09.2) and fifth in the first varsity 4 (7:36.51). The girls were first in the second novice 8 (8:35.16), third in the lightweight 4 (8:36.95), second varsity 8 (8:07.71) and the first novice 8 (8:30.39) and fourth in the lightweight 8 (8:10.6).

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