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Canoe, steel bridge teams take first at regional competition

Concrete Canoe Team 2003

UW-Madison's concrete canoe team finished first at regional competition held in Evansville, Indiana. (large image)

Concrete Canoe Team 2003

Rowers prepare the concrete canoe for its next race. The canoe teams compete in a variety of races and technical reviews in the contest. (large image)

Steel Bridge Team 2003

Members of the UW-Madison steel bridge team flex their muscles after emerging victorious in the regional steel bridge building contest held in Evansville, Indiana. (large image)

Steel Bridge Team 2003

Steel bridge team members stand before their first-place bridge. (large image)

University of Wisconsin-Madison teams took home an armful of first-place awards at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Great Lakes Regional Conference competitions held in May in Indiana.

Both the concrete canoe and steel bridge teams took first place in their overall competitions, which pit teams from throughout the Midwest. The competitions were held May 1-4 at the University of Evansville.

The concrete canoe team's win was accomplished through first-place finishes in several of the categories and races that comprise the overall competition. The canoe team finished first in the men's and women's sprint races, the men's and women's distance races, the coed sprint race, and in the canoe presentation competition. The canoe team's technical paper finished second.

The steel bridge team also won several competitions in garnering its first-place win. It was first in construction speed, construction economy, structural efficiency, lightness, and aesthetics. It also won a special ingenuity award for its bridge design.

Both teams will move on to national concrete canoe and national steel bridge competitions, to be held this summer in Philadelphia and San Diego, respectively.

Teams from UW-Madison's ASCE chapter also took first place at the Great Lakes Regional Conference in the concrete bat, balsa bridge and environmental clean-up competitions.