There was more good news than better weather for the three central Ohio rowing programs that competed May 21-22.

There was more good news than better weather for the three central Ohio rowing programs that competed May 21-22.

The Westerville high school club team advanced four boats from the Midwest Junior championships on Lake Harsha in Batavia to the US Rowing Youth Nationals on June 10-12 in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Upper Arlington qualified four boats from the Midwest Scholastic championships in Oak Ridge for the SRAA national regatta for high school programs that will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 27-28, in Camden, N.J.

The Dublin crew team didn't advance any boats from the Midwest Junior meet but had several boats make grand finals.

The top three finishers in each race at both the Midwest Junior and Midwest Scholastic regattas advanced to nationals.

•After what it deemed a disappointing finish in the Governor's Cup on April 30, Westerville left the Midwest Junior championships pleased with what boats still were competing.

The girls first varsity 8 boat, which features Tatiana Lundstrom in the stroke seat, finished second (6 minutes, 54.46) and the girls lightweight 8 with Kaitlyn Cantrell in the stroke seat took third (7:16.89).

Hailey Ellis recently joined the first varsity 8 in place of junior Lindsey Brown, who battled strep throat for much of the spring. Ellis is a senior at New Albany who will row for Marietta College.

"It was a fairly recent turning point for the girls," coach Trish Chase said. "We've added a new person to the boat and it was almost like we turned on a switch. They didn't realize their full potential. They pulled a 6:54, which was right where we want to be."

The lightweight 8 (6:08.32) and the first varsity 4 (6:56.17) each placed second for the boys team. Ben Leonard strokes the first varsity 4 and David Caspers strokes the lightweight 8.

Jeremy Sobiech, who signed May 19 to row for Jacksonville, also is on the first varsity 4.

"We got second places on the boats that matter the most to us," boys coach Matt Chase said. "In both races we made up significant differences in our competition times since (the Governor's Cup)."

•Because of poor weather, the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championships were moved to last weekend, forcing Upper Arlington to choose between that regatta and the Midwest Junior championships.

The Bears elected to go to the Midwest Scholastic regatta for high schools, where the top three finishers moved on to SRAA nationals.

Advancing from the boys team were the lightweight 4 (second, 5:21.9) and the freshman 8 (5:02.9). Senior Eric Bleich strokes the lightweight 4.

In addition, boys coach Chris Swartz successfully petitioned to have a junior 4 boat at SRAA nationals and was trying to petition to get a lightweight 8 boat into the regatta as well.

"Our racing went very well (at Midwest Scholastic)," Swartz said. "We were able to get a lot of work in during the week and a half leading up to that."

The girls advanced its junior 8 (second, 5:34.6) and its freshman 8 (second, 5:42.1) to SRAA nationals.

According to coach Andy Wimmer, the girls team finished third of 22 teams that scored at Midwest Scholastic.

"From a points perspective, third place isn't too shabby," Wimmer said. "We had a lot of boats in grand finals. I was pretty impressed with the girls having to go from 50 degrees and raining to 90 degrees and humid."

•The season came to an end last weekend for the Dublin boys and girls teams, but not without a few performances that pleased coaches Gina and Jared Crooks.

For the girls, the first varsity 8 (sixth, 7:16.46), the first varsity 4 (seventh, 7:59.87), the second varsity 8 (fourth, 7:21.28) and the lightweight 4 (fifth, 8:20.32) all were among the boats that advanced to grand finals. The boys advanced to the grand final of the lightweight 4 (fifth, 7:02.22).

The boys team will lose seniors Vinay Balaji, Brady Basham, Ben Cahalin and Griffith Fillman and the girls will lose seniors Kat Bauer, Emily Kuret, Janell Mayfield, Abbey Marsh and Rachel McNeil.

Juniors Bailey Irelan, who stroked the first varsity 4 and first varsity 8 boats, and junior Olivia Gugliemotto should be back to lead the girls team.

Top returnees for the boys should include juniors Spencer Grisvard, Luke Neuroth and Mac Workman.

"We didn't have anybody qualify for nationals, but we actually haven't been able to qualify that many boats to grand finals in the past," Gina Crooks said.