The Arch City Rowing Club has one more opportunity to prepare before its high school postseason begins.

On Sunday, May 7, the fourth-year club, which is comprised of athletes from multiple schools mostly from the northeast and northwest portions of central Ohio, will compete in the Indianapolis Junior Sprints.

Arch City then will compete in the Midwest Junior Rowing Championships on May 20 and 21 on Harsha Lake in Batavia, with qualifying boats advancing to the USRowing Youth Nationals from June 9-11 in Sarasota, Florida.

After not having any boats qualify for nationals last season, getting at least one to the sport's highest level is among the club's goals.

Coach Dave Ferris believes his girls lightweight boats should be in the mix to make nationals.

Seniors Jordyn Irelan, Kasey Kelly and Maggie Mason from Olentangy Liberty are the top lightweight rowers.

"The outlook for the lightweight boat is strong, and they'll be training hard to qualify for USRowing Youth Nationals," Ferris said.

According to Ferris, among the other top lightweight competitors are junior Ella Carney (Hilliard Darby) and freshmen Hanna Fowler (Westerville Central) and Lexi Haenszel (Liberty).

Seniors Heather Atkinson (Olentangy), Sarah Flowers (Liberty), Abby Girard (Thomas Worthington), Kendal Marston (Liberty), Rachel McCabe (Liberty), Stephanie Smiley (Dublin Coffman) and Sarah Warner (Liberty) and sophomores Sarah Haney (Liberty), Libby Krueger (Coffman) and Samantha Mazza (Thomas) are among the club's top competitors in open-weight boats. McCabe is a coxswain.

"The open-weight boats have made progress early in the season and are working to improve times and finish strong through the second half of the season," Ferris said.

Others in the girls program are junior Kennedy Young (Liberty) and sophomores Samantha Billy (Olentangy) and Jordi McBurney-Buell (Olentangy), all of whom are lightweight rowers.

Henry Ferris (Thomas) is the only senior in the boys program. Also in the program are sophomores Jonah Kyaw (Olentangy Orange), Phillip Wible (St. Charles) and Anthony Wong (Orange).

"The guys' side of the team is smaller," coach Ferris said. "The guys are in a building phase, but those that we have are really strong and improving at a rapid rate."

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