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( April 1, 1998)
SDSM& T STUDENT FROM STURGIS ARE COMPETING IN CONCRETE CANOE REGIONAL COMPETITION AT UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO/ BOULDER THIS WEEKEND
Charlie Baker and Ryan Koontz of Sturgis are members of the SDSM& T concrete canoe team that will be competing this weekend during the1998 Rocky Mountain Regional Conference of the American Society of Civil Engineers ( ASCE). The conference is being held at the University of Colorado at Boulder April 3- 4. Approximately 300 students from ten universities are expected to compete in the conference that features concrete canoe races and steel bridge competitions.
Charlie Baker, a senior civil engineering major, is the president of the SDSM& T Student ASCE Chapter. Senior Ryan Koontz is one of the paddlers for South Dakota Tech’s concrete canoe, which is nicknamed “ Peacemaker” this year.
SDSM& T’s student ASCE chapter has a strong tradition of designing and racing concrete canoes. SDSM& T has placed first in eight of the past ten regional competitions and has finished in the top five in nationals three times. South Dakota Tech won the National Concrete Canoe Competition in 1995 and was selected to host the national competition this summer. The winner of the Rocky Mountain ASCE Regional Conference competition will advance to the national competition, which will be held June 18- 20 in Rapid City. The National ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition is sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers and Master Builders, Inc.
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