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.

•Upper Arlington's top finish at the Governor's Cup came from its lightweight 8 girls boat, which has senior Emily Wilt in the stroke seat and was second (7 minutes, 51.13 seconds).

Also in the boat are seniors Becca Ewart, Elizabeth Martin and Katherine Tedesco, junior Audrey Williams, sophomores Angelina Caradonna and Ceri Turner, freshman Ashley Williams and sophomore coxswain Summers Hammel.

The girls also placed sixth in the lightweight 4 (9:23.38), with Caradonna in the stroke seat.

"My lightweight 8 finishing second to a very impressive crew out of Buffalo was probably the highlight of the team," coach Andy Wimmer said. "Some of the girls that race in that boat have had some injuries, so I was pleased they were able to make it back. It was a much closer race at the midpoint, but they kept pulling away by the end."

Because the Golden Bears have the area's only high school program, they have one week fewer to get ready for the postseason than Dublin and Westerville.

"I'm trying to (qualify) every girl I can to Scholastic Nationals," Wimmer said of the regatta, which is May 27-29. "The most exciting thing for me is that my lightweight 8 seems to be clicking on all cylinders and the rest of my team is starting to jell."

The boys team scored 24 of its points at the novice level and 40 additional points in second varsity races last Saturday.

The Bears' first varsity 8, which is stroked by Zach Lowe, was fourth (6:46.94). Lowe also was in the stroke seat for the first varsity 4 that finished sixth (7:44.26).

•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.

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.

At a glance

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

April 10 - Competed at Cincinnati Invitational on Harsha Lake in Batavia. The boys varsity 8 finished fourth (6:40.17). The boys varsity 4 (7:23.13) and the girls varsity 8 (7:36.02) each was fifth.

April 17 - Competed at Mercer Lake Sprints in West Windsor, N.J. The boys placed first in the second varsity 8 (5:46.5) and third varsity 4 (5:23.8), second in the second varsity 4 (5:23.56), fourth in the lightweight 4 second final (5:47.74), fifth in the varsity 4 (7:09.26) and first lightweight 4 (5:47.15) and sixth in the varsity 8 (6:39.04). The girls were second in the novice 8 (4:40.68), third in the lightweight 8 (6:19.25) and fourth in the lightweight 4 first final (6:19.22), lightweight 4 second final (6:13.84) and second varsity 4 second final (6:23.38).

Last Saturday - Finished seventh (78) of the 22 teams that scored at Governor's Cup Regatta on Griggs Reservoir, behind champion Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club (183). The boys were second in the second varsity 4 (7:39.9), third in the second varsity 8 (6:54.65), first novice 8 (7:04.62) and second novice 8 (7:34.18) and fourth in the first varsity 8 (6:46.94). The girls were second in the lightweight 8 (7:51.13).

May 8-9 - Midwest Scholastic Championships on Harsha Lake. Top finishers advance to the Scholastic Rowing Association Nationals for high school teams May 27-29 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

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