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Rowers win at 61st Five Universities' Regatta

June 11, 2018

Tokyo Tech's Rowing Club had another strong start to the season at the 61st Five Universities' Regatta held on April 28 at the Toda Boat Course in Saitama Prefecture. The Institute's rowers won the men's eight, men's coxed four, and single scull categories, and placed second in the men's double sculls.

Tokyo Tech's Rowing Club

The Five Universities' Regatta, which has its roots in a 1919 feud between the rowers of Tokyo Tech High School of Science and Technology and Tokyo School of Foreign Languages, has been held every year since 1958. Today, participants include Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, University of Tsukuba, the National Defense Academy, and Tokyo Tech.

This year, the men's eight team took their second consecutive victory, with former Tokyo Tech president Yoshinao Mishima, Dean of the Institute for Liberal Arts Noriyuki Ueda, and many alumni at the riverside cheering them on.

Men's eight

From top left: Hara, Inoue, Fujii, Hattori From bottom left: Nakajima, Hasegawa, Funaoka, Ogawa, Murata
From top left: Hara, Inoue, Fujii, Hattori
From bottom left: Nakajima, Hasegawa, Funaoka, Ogawa, Murata

In this category, eight rowers propel the boat with sweep oars while one cox steers. Each rower holds one oar with both hands. This year's winning team is:

  • Yukinobu Nakajima, 4th year, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Koki Hattori, 3rd year, Mechanical Engineering
  • Shotaro Ogawa, 4th year, Chemical Engineering
  • Kiyoharu Hasegawa, 4th year, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Kento Fujii, 1st-year masters student, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Koudai Inoue, 3rd year, Industrial Engineering and Economics
  • Tomohiro Funaoka, 4th year, Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Tetsuro Hara, 2nd year, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Shotaro Murata, 3rd year, Computer Science

Comments from crew leader Kiyoharu Hasegawa

We were able to take victory once again this year, after a win last year. It is clear that the Rowing Club has recently become a very strong team with plenty of support. If we keep this moment going, we will be invincible.

Men's coxed four

From left: Okui, Abe, Okumura, Nakamori, Kaneko
From left: Okui, Abe, Okumura, Nakamori, Kaneko

In this category, four rowers propel the boat with sweep oars, one oar per rower, while one cox steers the boat. This year's winning team is:

  • Takumi Abe, 2nd year, Chemical Science and Engineering
  • Yu Okui, 3rd year, Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Hiroaki Kaneko, 4th year, Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Naohito Okumura, 3rd year, Computer Science
  • Koyu Nakamori, 3rd year, Mechanical Engineering

Comments from crew leader Koyu Nakamori

It was a tough race and we fell behind at the start, but we pushed hard and were able to win. We owe a big thank you to our club managers for their support and everyone else who cheered us on. We look forward to practicing daily in the future and producing more good results.

Men's single scull

Single scull
Single scull

In this category, a single rower propels the boat alone with two oars. This year's winner is:

  • Hiroki Masuda, 3rd year, Systems and Control Engineering

Comments from Hiroki Masuda

I am looking to win the race next year, too.

Men's double scull

Double scull Ogiso (left) and Shirai guiding their white arrow to second place
Double scull
Ogiso (left) and Shirai guiding their white arrow to second place

In this category, two persons scull the boat. Each rower has two oars, one in each hand. This year's second-place team included:

  • Takaaki Ogiso, 2nd year, Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
  • Takeru Shirai, 3rd year, Earth and Planetary Sciences

Comment from crew leader Takeru Shirai

I would like to thank everyone for their support. It is regrettable that we were not able to win the race, but we will practice harder and aim for victory next year.

This year's fourth-place team included:

  • Riku Uchida, 2nd year, Chemical Science and Engineering
  • Masahiko Kamoshita, 3rd year, Chemistry

Comments from crew leader Masahiko Kamoshita

One mistake early on left us last out of the four boats. I don't know if we would have placed higher had we not made that initial blunder, but we will take this result and build on it during our practice sessions in the future.

Celebrating victory: (from left) Club Prof. Hidenori Kosaka, club rep Genki Unagami, Tokyo Tech President Kazuya Masu, club captain Tomohiro Funaoka, Tokyo Tech EVP Tetsuya Mizumoto

Celebrating victory: (from left) Club Prof. Hidenori Kosaka, club rep Genki Unagami, Tokyo Tech President Kazuya Masu, club captain Tomohiro Funaoka, Tokyo Tech EVP Tetsuya Mizumoto

Tokyo Tech Fund

This event is supported by Tokyo Tech Fund

Tokyo Institute of Technology Fund

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