UNR Concrete Canoe team sweeps Regionals, heading to Nationals

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Updated: 4/08/2014 5:00 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The UNR Concrete Canoe team is heading to the National Championships for the seventh year running.

It is not easy to make concrete float, but students inside the Nevada Engineering Department continue to build off of their own success. Canoes are supposed to be made out of wood, fiberglass and even aluminum. After all, how often do you associate the word float, with cement?

"Right up until the competition there was a lot of overnighters, a lot of really long nights," Concrete Manager Devin Larson said.

The UNR Concrete Canoe team has a rich history of winning. The team swept the Mid-Pacific Regional Conference competition this past week. They topped nine other western schools in Board, Oral Presentation, Design Papers, Races and Final Product.

"We had a really great paddling team, really great managers," said Larson. "We were able to really pull the project together, everything really came together like graphics, presentation, design paper."

The molding and foaming of the canoe began in October, and finished just days before last week's competition. Larson is one of 16 on the Design team. He said the 2014 Alluvium is somewhat based on the designs of the school's past six canoes, all of which finished Top 5 in the nationals.

"We had a lot of alumni support so it was very helpful to have older students help us with the mix design," Larson said.

"The mix has just kind of been building off old designs and just improving slowly," added Construction Manager Wes Munson.

The 2008 canoe is proudly displayed inside the Mackay Mines building. It is the last structure to sweep the regional competition, and is used a prime example for the team's designs.

"Luckily we have pretty good past experience at UNR," said Munson. "Teams have been doing really well since like 2007, 2008."

This year's mid-June Nationals are held in Pittsburgh, where the team will go up against the Top 23 schools in the nation.
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