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( June 16, 1998)
BELLE FOURCHE STUDENT TO PADDLE SDSM& T CONCRETE CANOE IN NATIONAL COMPETITION BEING HOSTED JUNE 18- 20 IN RAPID CITY
Crissy Shear of Belle Fourche is a paddler for SDSM& T’s concrete canoe team that is competing in the 1998 National Concrete Canoe Competition being held June 18- 20 in Rapid City. The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) is hosting the event.
Crissy is a junior civil engineering major at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. She will be paddling SDSM& T’s concrete canoe named Peacemaker.
Twenty- two university teams from across the United States— including both SDSM& T and South Dakota State University— are scheduled to compete. With an enrollment of approximately 2,300 students, SDSM& T is the smallest university competing in this year’s competition and will be competing against larger universities such as the Virginia Tech, University of Wisconsin- Madison, and the University of Washington. SDSM& T has competed in nine of the eleven national competitions and won the national title in 1995.
Sponsored by Master Builders, Inc. and the American Society of Civil Engineers ( ASCE), the 11th Annual National Concrete Canoe Competition is expected to draw several hundred people to the Black Hills. Over 200 teams competed in regional run- offs this spring to earn a berth in the national competition.
The competition begins with display and canoe judging on Thursday at the SDSM& T campus. The flotation tests will be held Friday at Memorial Park, with academic presentations taking place throughout the day at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn. The canoe teams will compete in distance and qualifying sprint races at Canyon Lake on Saturday morning, followed by sprint race finals that afternoon. For additional information, contact the SDSM& T University & Public Relations Office at 394- 2554.
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