Canoe, bridge teams head to national competitions

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The College of Engineering’s Steel Bridge and Concrete Canoe teams will soon head to national competitions hoping to emerge as champions. Both are coming off first-place finishes in regional competition held in Milwaukee.

The concrete canoe team will try to defend its national championship June 17-20 in Washington, D.C. They will face off against 22 teams from throughout the country and Canada. The canoe team won its first national championship last year in Philadelphia.

The steel bridge team will try to improve on its second-place finish in last year’s national competition, the team’s best finish ever. Competition is slated for May 28-29 in Colorado.

Both competitions are comprised of several parts. For the canoe contestants, teams compete against each other in several races, and are also judged on the design and structure of their canoes. Teams are also judged on academic papers and presentations.

The steel bridge teams are judged on how quickly they can build their bridge, and in areas such as construction economy, structural efficiency, and weight. The teams are also judged on academic papers and presentations.

Both teams, comprised largely of College of Engineering civil and environmental engineering students, took first place in the Great Lakes Regional Competition held May 1-2 in Milwaukee.

The canoe team took first place in both academic areas (design paper and presentation) and all five of the canoe races – men’s and women’s endurance, men’s and women’s sprint, and co-ed sprints. The team scored 97.5 points out of a possible 100 points.

The steel bridge team took first place in weight, aggregate deflection, construction economy, aesthetics, and structural efficiency in winning first place.