UNR Concrete Canoe team wins national championship

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Updated: 6/23/2014 6:41 pm
JOHNSTOWN, Penn. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The UNR concrete canoe competition team has won another national championship.

The team of 16 civil engineering students won first place in the national competition on Saturday, beating 22 other universities from around the country. It is the College of Engineering’s second national title and the ninth year in a row to earn a national appearance. The team has placed in the top five in every appearance since 2007.

The team put their academic and paddling skills to the test in designing, building and racing this year’s 170-pound, 21-foot 8-inch long concrete canoe named Alluvium. "There were a lot of amazing canoes this year, and the competition was very high, but they stood above the rest," said Faculty Advisor and Civil Engineering Professor David Sanders. "They represented the University extremely well, the whole room stood up when they were announced as winners."

Teams competed for the highest score through a composite of five canoe races, canoe aesthetics, a technical paper and an oral presentation. "They did incredible in the races," Sanders said. "They were great overall – presentation, report and final product. Several teams wanted to take our canoe out for spin after the races."

Second place went to California Polytechnic State University; third place was Université Laval in Montreal; fourth place was awarded to Utah State University, the University of Wisconsin took fifth.

"I am very proud of them. Hats off to the whole team," said Sanders. "Austin Martin and Kristin Kramer, as project managers, did an amazing job and, as is their style, took time to give credit to every team member individually when it was over."

The competition’s goal is to give civil engineering students hands-on experience working with concrete – one of the world’s most common building materials – and to increase public awareness about civil engineering as a dynamic and innovative field.
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