At the USRowing Youth National championships a year ago, the Westerville high school club crew team had a boat reach the grand final for just the second time.

At the USRowing Youth National championships a year ago, the Westerville high school club crew team had a boat reach the grand final for just the second time.

With three boats expected to compete at this year's Youth Nationals, it will have the opportunity to add to that number June 12-14 on Lake Harsha in Batavia.

The boys team's Lightweight 8 of Greg Miller, Brendan Palmer, Austin Hoyles, Danny Just, James Kelly, Andrew Baumgartner, Jeremy Sobiech and Adam Shirey and coxswain Allie Davis won a gold medal at the Midwest Junior championships May 17 by finishing in 7 minutes, 13 seconds. Lucas Miller is expected to compete at nationals in place of Kelly.

The girls team has two 8 boats at nationals. Its 1st Varsity 8 is comprised of Laura Hughes, Ashley LaFollette, Abby LaFollette, Kate Moran, Ellen Hughes, Kayla Kroninger, Tatiana Lundstrom and Kaylee Enscoe and coxswain McKenna Cimperman and was third (7:41.18) at Midwest. The LaFollette sisters signed letters of intent May 21 with Oklahoma and Kroninger signed in early May with Louisville.

The Lightweight Varsity 8 features Emi Grandjean, Ania Czechowski, Elaina Hill, Molly Bradley, Sarah Scott, Alex Sawatzki, Alison Edwards and Gracie Bachmann and coxswain Anna Mercurio and was second (8:15.4) at Midwest. Senior Allison West is expected to replace Bradley at nationals.

Westerville had the same three boats -- as well as its boys Varsity 8 -- advance to nationals last year, with the boys Lightweight 8 finishing fourth (6:09.34). Also at nationals last year, the boys Varsity 8 was ninth (6:02.12) the girls Varsity 8 (10th, 6:46.43) and the girls Lightweight 8 (14th, 7:17.25).

"We want to try and have a super strong finish," said Trish Chase, who coaches Westerville with her husband, Matt. "We'll taper the week beforehand and cut back on our length and intensity. They should be ready to go."

•Upper Arlington had three boats at the Scholastic Rowing Association championships for high school programs last Friday through last Sunday on Mercer Lake in Mercer, N.J. and is expected to send three boats to youth nationals.

Boys coach Chris Swartz has been proud of the way his athletes have competed this season, especially since they've had to deal with what happened to captain Blake Haxton in March. Haxton was plagued with a flesh-eating bacteria and had to have both of his legs amputated above the knees and currently is rehabbing.

"This year with the situation with Blake and the fact that they've worked so hard, I'm very proud of them," Swartz said. "It's been an emotional year."

At the Midwest Junior championships, the boys Lightweight 4 of Alan Chan, Andy Weiland, Mike Caligiuri and Stephen Barthelmas and coxswain Colin Brown was first (7:42.45) and the first Varsity 8 of Zach Lowe, Weiland, Caligiuri, Mark Gramila, Ben Johnson, Barthelmas, Omar Latif, Chan and Brown took third (7:05.41).

The Bears' first Varsity 4 girls boat of Carolina Galluzzi, Corrine Meinert, Sarah Elliott and Alex Smart and coxswain Allie Williams also turned in a third-place finish (9:20.41) to advance to nationals.

UA's boats at Scholastic nationals included its boys Varsity 8, its boys Varsity 4 and its girls Varsity 4.

At a glance

Below are recent results and the coming schedule for the Upper Arlington crew team:

May 9-10 -- Competed in Midwest Scholastic Rowing Champion-ships on Lake Harsha in Batavia. Boats which advanced to the Scholastic Rowing Association championships included the boys Varsity 4 (fourth, 5:14.87), boys Varsity 8 (fifth, 4:45) and girls Varsity 4 (third, 5:56.2).

May 16-17 -- Boys: Finished first in 3rd Varsity 4 (8:19.42) and Lightweight Varsity 4 (7:42.45) and third in 1st Novice 4 (8:27.92) and 1st Varsity 8 (7:05.41) at Midwest Junior Rowing Championships on Lake Harsha; Girls: Finished first in 1st Novice 4 (9:18.3) and third in 1st Varsity 4 (9:20.41)

Last Friday-Sunday -- Boys, girls: Competed in Scholastic Rowing Association championships for high school programs on Mercer Lake in Mercer (N.J.). The Bears finished fifth (6:27.046) in the Women's Senior 4 grand final, fifth (5:47.097) in the Men's Senior 4 petite final and fifth (5:09.858) in the Men's Junior 8 grand final.

June 12-14 -- At USRowing Youth National championships on Lake Harsha. UA is expected to send its boys Lightweight 4, boys Varsity 8 and girls Varsity 4.