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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
( June 15, 1998)
SDSM& T TO HOST AND ALSO COMPETE IN 1998 NATIONAL CONCRETE CANOE COMPETITION JUNE 18- 20 IN RAPID CITY
The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will host and compete in the 1998 National Concrete Canoe Competition June 18- 20 in Rapid City. Twenty- two university teams from across the United States and Canada are scheduled to compete— including both SDSM& T and South Dakota State University for the first time!
SDSM& T has competed in nine of the eleven national competitions and won the national title in 1995. 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.
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.
A celebrity canoe race will be held over the noon hour on Saturday at Canyon Lake. Participants confirmed to date include SDSM& T President Dr. Richard Gowen, Rapid City Chamber of Commerce President Jim McKeon, and KEVN- Fox 7 Sports Director Jack Caudill. Master Builders, Inc. present a $ 500 contribution to United Way of the Black Hills to the winner of the celebrity canoe race. The competition will wrap up Saturday evening with an awards banquet at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn.
Members of SDSM& T’s concrete canoe team include: Paddlers: Richard Anderson, Rapid City; Casey Einrem, Avon; Jessica Gould, Rapid City; Ryan Koontz, Sturgis; Corey Lang, Arvada CO; Emily Schaffer, Aberdeen; Crissy Shear, Belle Fourche; Rhaub Walker, Rapid City; Josh Warren, Sheridan WY; Canoe co- chairs: Dana Foreman, Winner; Erick Lindman, Grand Rapids MN; Canoe Paper Presentation: Mark Mutziger, Yankton; and Display: Sara and Shane Trautman, Spearfish. Charlie Baker of Sturgis serves as Student ASCE Chapter President and Dr. Scott Kenner, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, serves as faculty advisor. SDSM& T’s canoe is named “ Peacemaker”.
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