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Rowers on podium at 41st East Japan Rookie Competition

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Published: December 11, 2018

The newest members of the Tokyo Tech Rowing Club put in a strong performance at the 41st East Japan Rookie Competition, held from October 13 to 14, 2018 at the Toda Boat Course in Saitama Prefecture. The Institute finished second in the men's eight and third in the men's coxed four categories.

The East Japan Rookie Competition is for students who are in their first or second year of competitive rowing.

Men's eight

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 runner-up rookie team consisted of:

  • Hiroto Horimoto, 1st year, 4th Academic Group
  • Yuuya Fujiwara, 1st year, 2nd Academic Group
  • Shogo Masuda, 1st year, 1st Academic Group
  • Shunichi Nomura, 1st year, 3rd Academic Group
  • Kazumasa Shirakata, 1st year, 4th Academic Group
  • Yuto Uchida, 1st year, 3rd Academic Group
  • Yasunori Nose, 1st year, 4th Academic Group
  • Kaito Sanuki, 1st year, 5th Academic Group
  • Kentaro Shimizu, 1st year, 2nd Academic Group

(from left) Shirakata, Sanuki, Fujiwara, Masuda, Uchida, Shimizu, Nose, Nomura, Horimoto

(from left) Shirakata, Sanuki, Fujiwara, Masuda, Uchida, Shimizu, Nose, Nomura, Horimoto

Comments from crew leader Kentaro Shimizu

We were able to execute in the race what we had practiced during training sessions. Many improvements are needed before we can aim for victory, but that just motivates us to train harder.

Shimizu, a 1st-year student with a keen interest in the core courses of the 2nd Academic Group, is still considering his options in terms of specialization.

Men's coxed four

In this category, four rowers propel the boat with sweep oars, one oar per rower, while one cox steers the boat. This year's 3rd place rookie team consisted of:

  • Tetsuro Hara, 2nd year, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Takaaki Ogiso, 2nd year, Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
  • Kazuya Koyanagi, 2nd year, Life Science and Technology
  • Riku Uchida, 2nd year, Chemical Science and Engineering
  • Takumi Abe, 2nd year, Chemical Science and Engineering

(from left) Ogiso, Uchida, Hara, Abe, Koyanagi

(from left) Ogiso, Uchida, Hara, Abe, Koyanagi

Comments from crew leader Kazuya Koyanagi

While we are slightly disappointed with the third place finish, this was a good experience that will motivate us for the next race. We will be competing with the same crew at the All Japan Rookie Championships in November, and hope to put in a better performance.

Koyanagi, a 2nd-year student in the Department of Life Science and Technology, is fascinated by the study of life and living things. He hopes to continue to develop himself, both through his studies and club activities at Tokyo Tech.

Tokyo Tech Fund

This event is supported by Tokyo Tech Fund

Tokyo Institute of Technology Fund

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Email titboat@green.ocn.ne.jp

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