Tokyo Tech rowers rule at 45th East Japan Rookie Competition

Members of the Tokyo Tech Rowing Club have finished first and second in the men’s coxed four category of the 45th East Japan Rookie Competition, held on November 19 and 20 at the Toda Boat Course in Saitama Prefecture.

Tokyo Tech battling against rowers from three other universities

Tokyo Tech battling against rowers from three other universities

The East Japan Rookie Competition unites rowers in the East Japan area who are in their first or second year of competitive rowing. In the coxed four category, four rowers propel the boat with sweep oars, one oar per rower, while one cox steers the boat.

Competing against Tokyo Tech at the 45th East Japan Rookie Competition were rowers from Waseda University, Seikei University, and the University of Tsukuba. During the initial round, Team Tokyo Tech let their nerves get the better of them, allowing the University of Tsukuba rowers to finish first. However, Tokyo Tech adjusted their strategy and started the final more slowly. Towards the end of the race, both Tokyo Tech boats caught up and crossed the line with an impressive one-two finish.

Winning team members

  • Takumi Hirose, 2nd year, Chemical Science and Engineering
  • Taiji Koiwa, 1st year, School of Materials and Chemical Technology
  • Ichiro Oishi, 1st year, School of Science
  • Koichi Yasuma, 1st year, School of Materials and Chemical Technology
  • Yusuke Yoshino, 2nd year, Materials Science and Engineering

Comments from crew leader Yusuke Yoshino

After our rookie season, we will enter the long off-season, but the club as a whole is off to an outstanding start. We hope to keep this momentum going as we work hard on our studies. Our goal is to win next year’s Five Universities’ Regatta!

Runner-up team members

  • Yuto Mizutani, 1st year, School of Environment and Society
  • Shuhei Hamada, 1st year, School of Materials and Chemical Technology
  • Ryuta Ishiba, 1st year, School of Engineering
  • Wataru Oshiro, 1st year, School of Environment and Society
  • Yu Akimoto, 2nd year, Materials Science and Engineering

Comments from crew leader Shuhei Hamada

It was our last chance to show the senior students, who are also our coaches, what we have been up to since we entered the Institute. I am glad that we were able to achieve good results. We have only just start in the Tokyo Tech Rowing Club, so we will work hard in daily practice and in our studies to grow both as rowers and as students of Tokyo Tech.

Winning team (from left): Koiwa, Yoshino, Hirose, Oishi, Yasuma

Winning team (from left): Koiwa, Yoshino, Hirose, Oishi, Yasuma

Runner-up team (from left): Akimoto, Mizutani, Oshiro, Hamada, Ishiba

Runner-up team (from left): Akimoto, Mizutani, Oshiro, Hamada, Ishiba

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