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Rowers dominate Five Universities' Regatta

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Published: May 17, 2019

Tokyo Tech's Rowing Club dominated the 62nd Five Universities' Regatta, held on April 27 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. This was the third consecutive victory for Tokyo Tech in the men's eight, and the second straight win in the men's coxed four and single scull.

Tokyo Tech's Rowing Club

The Five Universities' Regatta, which has its roots in a 1919 feud between the rowers of Tokyo Higher Technical School 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.

Men's eight

From left: Hattori, Okui, Nakamori, Inoue, Shimizu, Shirakata, Hara, Uchida, Murata

From left: Hattori, Okui, Nakamori, Inoue, Shimizu,
Shirakata, Hara, Uchida, 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:

  • Kentaro Shimizu, 2nd year, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Koudai Inoue, 4th year, Industrial Engineering and Economics
  • Hiroki Hattori, 4th year, Mechanical Engineering
  • Tetsuro Hara, 3rd year, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Shotaro Murata, 4th year, Computer Science
  • Kazumasa Shirakata, 2nd year, Mechanical Engineering
  • Riku Uchida, 3rd year, Chemical Science and Engineering
  • Koyu Nakamori, 4th year, Mechanical Engineering
  • Yu Okui, 4th year, Earth and Planetary Sciences

Comments from crew leader Koyu Nakamori

Life in the laboratory is getting busy, but I am starting to enjoy the trial and error of experiments. I had one month to practice for this competition, and I am delighted that I was able to achieve victory. That said, there were many issues I identified during the contest.

The summer competition is next. I will try to stay focused while continuing with my research.

Men's coxed four

Clockwise from top left: Ogiso, Tanabe, Masuda, Nose, Iijima

Clockwise from top left: Ogiso, Tanabe, Masuda, Nose, Iijima

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 consisted of:

  • Taiki Iijima, 2nd year, Chemical Science and Engineering
  • Takaaki Ogiso, 3rd year, Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
  • Shogo Masuda, 2nd year, Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Hiroki Tanabe, 2nd year, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Yasunori Nose, 2nd year, Industrial Engineering and Economics

Comments from crew leader Takaaki Ogiso

The Tokyo Tech Rowing Club were victorious in men's coxed four category in this year's Five Universities' Regatta. After all our daily practices, I am extremely happy with this win. I feel that, like with my studies, this is the result of patience and time dedicated to improving ourselves.

The next goal of the Rowing Club is a strong result at the Intercollegiate Rowing Championships. We will focus on both our studies and rowing one day at a time, so look out for our next performance.

Men's single scull

Men's single scull winner Masuda

Men's single scull winner Masuda

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

  • Hiroki Masuda, 4th year, Systems and Control Engineering

Comments from Hiroki Masuda

I am happy that things went as I planned last year, and that I was again able to win this year. My research is actually related to how fast a boat can be propelled, so perhaps this win was related to my findings.

This is my last year of racing, and I will continue to try my best with both my rowing and studies. I will try hard to finish the last race without any regrets.

Celebrating victory: (from left) Club Prof. Hidenori Kosaka, club captain Hiroki Hattori, Tokyo Tech President Kazuya Masu, club rep Tsukasa Kubo
Celebrating victory: (from left) Club Prof. Hidenori Kosaka, club captain Hiroki Hattori, Tokyo Tech President Kazuya Masu,
club rep Tsukasa Kubo

Tokyo Tech Fund

Rowing Club is supported by Tokyo Tech Fund

Tokyo Institute of Technology Fund

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