For the most part, the six boats the Upper Arlington High School rowing program will field in this weekend's Scholastic Rowing Association of America (SRAA) national championships will contain the same crews as they have all season.

For the most part, the six boats the Upper Arlington High School rowing program will field in this weekend's Scholastic Rowing Association of America (SRAA) national championships will contain the same crews as they have all season.

Girls coach Mike Rice is certain that's why the Golden Bears are so well represented in the event, which takes place Friday, May 22, and Saturday, May 23, on Cooper River in Camden, N.J.

"They work together very well, and this (the SRAA nationals) is what we work for all year," Rice said. "We've moved a few parts. Injuries crop up here and there every season, so different girls have had a chance to step up, but the core group has been consistent."

The girls team qualified its varsity 4, varsity 8, lightweight 4 and freshman 8 boats. The boys team will be represented by its varsity 4, junior varsity 4 and freshman 8.

All qualified for SRAA nationals from the Midwest Scholastic Championships on May 9 and 10 on Dillon Lake near Zanesville.

The girls lightweight 4 won its race in 5 minutes, 47.3 seconds, with Caroline Blair, Allison Mellor, Jordan Popson, Madison Rose and coxswain Yena Zerkel. According to Rice, Rose was a late substitution for Emma Reed.

The top three boats automatically qualified for SRAA nationals.

The girls freshman 8, which placed third (5:27.86) in Midwest Scholastic Championships as the top three boats advanced, consists of Sydney Badgeley, Julia Boyer, Jaimie Holden, Audrey Holman, Amelia Keefer, Catherine Powell, Rose Saalman, Claire Schuler and coxswain Addie Mitiska.

The girls varsity 4 also qualified for SRAA nationals, finishing second (5:36.6) as the top four advanced. But that crew of Marissa Donadio, Genevieve Johanni, Isla McRae, Kendall Trudeau and coxswain Remi Chohan will not compete at nationals because rowers may compete in one race at that event, and all but Chohan also compete on the varsity 8 with Julie Adams, Olivia Balcerzak, Mellor and Popson.

"When I have choices, I almost always prioritize the 8s," Rice said. "I had two rowers (Mellor and Popson) from my (varsity) 8 in my (lightweight) 4, but I was able to sub in two others, so we are still able to take that lineup."

Boys coach Chris Swartz largely was pleased with his team's performance in the Midwest Scholastic Championships, especially considering the field.

The boys varsity 4 (5:05.6) and freshman 8 (4:54.07) both finished third, as the top four and three boats advanced, respectively.

"We raced hard against very stiff competition," Swartz said. "This (varsity 4) is a bit younger than some we've had in the past, but they've shown good, consistent speed all year and have learned a few things. That's why I liked how we'd be tested at (the Midwest Junior Rowing Championships). That's generally a fast meet with some strong teams."

The boys varsity 4 is comprised of Graham Boyer, Griffin Burcham, Nicholas Kochanek, Nathan Poling and coxswain Rachel Johnson, and the boys freshman 8 consists of Robert Brandes, Joey Casto, Philip Chalmers, Stephen Gunzelman, Kade Hennacy, Sangyoon Lee, Drew Weisburg, Gaven Zou and coxswain Jacob Walsh.

Kochanek will row at Harvard.

Those boats will be joined at SRAA nationals by the boys junior varsity 4, which placed fifth (5:20.58) in the Midwest Scholastic Championships as the top three boats advanced. That crew consisted of Patrick Ibba, David McCarty, Simon Rammel, Vilas Weinstein and coxswain Dylan Briggs.

Swartz petitioned to add junior varsity 4 to the national event.

"If you petition to add a boat, you have to be able to demonstrate that they are able to compete (at the national level)," Swartz said.

Boys lacrosse team earns top seed

The boys lacrosse team is set to begin its road toward a fourth consecutive Division I state championship.

UA, which finished the regular season 13-5 overall, earned the top seed in the Central Region and took a first-round bye. The Bears will play host to 15th-seeded Dublin Scioto or 16th-seeded Hilliard Davidson in a second-round game Saturday, May 23.

The winner will play host to sixth-seeded New Albany, seventh-seeded Hilliard Darby, 10th-seeded St. Charles or 19th-seeded Westerville North in a regional semifinal Wednesday, May 27, and the semifinal winner advances to a regional final May 30 at Columbus Academy.

Of those teams, the Bears defeated Davidson 19-3 in an OCC-Buckeye Division game May 6.

UA finished 6-1 in the OCC-Buckeye, sharing the league championship with Worthington Kilbourne. The Wolves and Bears, who earned their share of the title with an 8-3 win at Thomas Worthington on May 12, finished ahead of Olentangy Liberty (5-2), Dublin Jerome (4-3), Dublin Coffman and Olentangy (both 3-4), Thomas Worthington (1-6) and Davidson (0-7).

"We've seen the guys' lacrosse IQ improving lately," coach Ted Wolford said. "We keep throwing little wrinkles at them to see how they will respond and learn. We've been working a lot on dodging, shooting and finishing. We want them to be ready for what they will see on a day-to-day basis (in the postseason)."

Boys tennis team sends four to district

The boys tennis team will be represented by two singles players and one doubles team in the Division I district tournament Friday, May 22, at Davidson and Saturday, May 23, at home.

Competing at district will be Anthony Yang and Jack Zelezny in singles and the doubles team of Tyler Holsopple and Jack Hughes.

In UA's home sectional that concluded May 16, Zelezny was the top seed and went 5-0 to win the championship, defeating second-seeded Mitchell Thai of Hilliard Bradley 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 in the final. Yang was seeded fourth and placed fourth, losing to third-seeded Sam Sullivan of St. Charles 6-0, 6-3 in the third-place match.

Holsopple and Hughes were seeded third and placed third, going 3-1 and beating St. Charles' Jack Dabek and Vinh Thai 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in the third-place match.

The top four finishers in singles and doubles advanced to district.

Also competing but failing to advance were the doubles team of Eric Hunter and Will Lahrmann, who went 1-1 and lost to top-seeded C.J. Cash and Alex Kobelt of New Albany 6-4, 6-3 in a district-qualifying match, and Robert Dong, who was 0-1 in singles.

The top four finishers in singles and doubles at district advance to state May 29 and 30 at Ohio State.

UA has a 16-2 overall record in dual matches and will play New Albany or St. Charles in the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Division I district final. The Eagles and Cardinals met in a semifinal May 19.

Miller helps baseball team to tourney win

Ryan Miller had two hits and allowed just two hits in a complete-game win, and the baseball team scratched out runs in the fourth and fifth innings to edge 21st-seeded Davidson 2-0 in a second-round game of the Division I district tournament May 13 at home.

Miller struck out three and walked one as the eighth-seeded Bears improved to 19-9 and advanced to play seventh-seeded Olentangy in a district semifinal May 19.

The semifinal winner will play second-seeded Liberty or 16th-seeded Mount Vernon in a district final Thursday, May 21, at Ohio Dominican University. The district champion advances to a regional semifinal May 28 at Coffman.

Of those teams, UA and Liberty split two OCC-Central meetings, with the Bears winning 9-8 on April 10 and losing 6-2 on April 13.

Girls lacrosse team advances in tourney

Molly Plasket scored nine goals -- a single-game program record -- to power the girls lacrosse team to a 21-4 win over visiting Cincinnati St. Ursula in a Division I South/Central Region semifinal May 18.

Mary Nicole Scott added four goals and Megan Senglemann scored three against 11th-seeded St. Ursula. The top-seeded Bears improved to 16-2 with their 16th consecutive win and advanced to face seventh-seeded Cincinnati Ursuline Academy in the regional final Thursday, May 21, at home.

The regional champion advances to a state semifinal May 29 at Westerville Central.

UA did not play Ursuline Academy during the regular season.

The Bears opened tournament play with a 19-0 rout of 18th-seeded Davidson in a second-round game May 15 at home. Plasket and Anna Schildmeyer each had three goals.

Softball team showed progress this season

A season full of growing and challenges for the softball team ended with a 7-4 loss at Newark in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 12.

The 40th-seeded Golden Bears led 3-0 through 4 1/2 innings, but the 30th-seeded Wildcats scored all of their runs in the fifth and outhit UA 15-10.

Junior pitcher/outfielder Hope Klingensmith and freshman infielder Molly Schweitzer each had an RBI hit in the Bears' two-run third inning, and sophomore pitcher Taylor Pritchett added an RBI double in the fifth.

"We were hitting the ball well and playing a pretty good game. One inning, (sophomore pitcher) Ida (Kegley) threw only five pitches," said coach Todd DelBoccio, whose team finished 6-18 overall and 2-12 in the OCC-Central.

UA largely was a young team, as it returned only three starters from the 2014 season, and started 0-8 before defeating Westland 9-6 in a league game April 17.

Senior infielder Avery Brick had a team-best .403 batting average with a team-high 22 hits, ahead of Schweitzer (.387, 24 hits, team-high 5 home runs), Pritchett (.383, 21 hits, team-high 23 RBI), junior outfielder Elli Wachtman (.357, 20 hits, 14 RBI) and freshman infielder Gigi Danes (.350, 21 hits).

UA finished seventh in the OCC-Central, behind co-champions Marysville and Liberty (both 13-1), Davidson (9-5), Coffman (8-6), Central Crossing (7-7) and Westland (3-11) and ahead of Thomas (1-13).

Other expected returnees include juniors Sarah Gibson (1B) and Kelly Strayton (2B/OF).

Boys volleyball team falls in tourney opener

The boys volleyball team's season came to an end with a 25-15, 25-18, 25-16 loss at third-seeded Liberty in the second round of Division I East Region tournament May 16.

UA, which was seeded 16th in the 17-team tournament, finished 4-13.