UW-P canoe team wins regional competition, advances to nationals

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Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 12:00 am

The University of Wisconsin-

Platteville's concrete canoe team won the recent Midwest Conference regional competition in Mankato, Minn. It will compete in the national contest, June 20-22, at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, June 20-22.

The American Society of Civil engineers has sponsored the National Concrete Canoe Competition for 26 years, and the regional competition is even older. The contest challenges civil engineering students to design a canoe using modified concrete. UW-P's canoe weighed 164 pounds, 40 pounds lighter than last year.

The regional contest was held in three parts. First came presentation, during which team members showed their canoe to a panel of judges, answered questions and explained design choices. UW-P's was chosen for maneuverability, speed and a straight-line tracking. After presentations, the canoes hit the water for a series of races, including men's and women's 200-meter sprints, men's and women's slalom/endurance and a co-ed 400-meter sprint.

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