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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
( April 6, 1998)
SDSM& T WINS REGIONAL CONCRETE CANOE COMPETITION / EARNS BERTH IN NATIONAL COMPETITION BEING HELD JUNE 18- 20 IN RAPID CITY
Continuing its regional dominance in designing and racing concrete canoes, SDSM& T won the Rocky Mountain Regional Concrete Canoe Competition last weekend in Colorado. The 1998 Rocky Mountain Regional Conference of the American Society of Civil Engineers ( ASCE) Student Chapters was held April 3- 4 at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Racing their new canoe nicknamed “ Peacemaker”, South Dakota Tech captured four 1st- place finishes out of the five canoe racing events— winning the men’s sprint, women’s sprint, coed sprint, and women’s endurance. SDSM& T finished third in the men’s endurance canoe race. In addition, SDSM& T won first place in each of the display, predesign, paper, and best finished product categories. SDSM& T took second in the technical and non- technical paper categories and finished fourth in the canoe paper oral presentation.
“ The concrete canoe competition provides our civil engineering students with valuable experience in project management, team- building, organization and other skills important in the workplace after they graduate,” said Dr. Wendell Hovey, SDSM& T Chair and Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering. “ Our students’ success in this year’s Regional Conference continues SDSM& T’s strong tradition of designing and racing concrete canoes.”
This year marks the ninth time that SDSM& T has qualified for and will be competing in the National Concrete Canoe Competition. South Dakota Tech won the national concrete canoe title in1995 and has finished in the top five in nationals three times.
By winning the regional concrete canoe contest, SDSM& T earned the right to compete in the National Concrete Canoe Competition, which will be held June 18- 20, 1998, in Rapid City. SDSM& T was selected to host this summer’s 11th Annual ASCE/ MBT National Concrete Canoe Competition, which is sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers and Master Builders, Inc.
The three- day event is expected to draw over 650 people from across the nation to Rapid City and the Black Hills. Individuals or organizations interested in volunteering to help with the National Concrete Competition activities are encouraged to contact the SDSM& T University & Public Relations Office at 394- 2554.
( Photo of concrete canoe team available upon request.)
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