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( June 21, 1999)
SDSM& T’S CONCRETE CANOE TEAM TAKES 5TH PLACE AT
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology’s concrete canoe team came in 5th place overall at the National Concrete Canoe Competition held June 17- 19 in Melbourne, Florida. Racing their concrete canoe, Chameleon, they designed, built and marketed to a panel of judges, Tech’s student team received a commemorative plaque for their 5th place finish. 1999 marks the fourth time SDSM& T has finished in the top five in the national competition.
The different categories each canoe is judged in and SDSM& T’s team standing in each category included 9th place in women’s sprints, 9th place in men’s endurance, 8th place in women’s endurance, 6th place in co- ed sprint, 4th place in technical paper, 3rd place in display, and 2nd place in finished product.
Other top place winners at the competition included Clemson University, 1st place overall; University of Alabama – Huntsville, 2nd place overall; Oklahoma State University, 3rd place overall; and University of Washington, 4th place overall. South Dakota State University, who won the Mid- Western Regional competition securing their place at the national event, finished in 13th place overall.
The paddlers for SDSM& T’s Chameleon and their hometowns include Rhaub Walker, Rapid City; Jessica Gould, Rapid City; Jim Cokeley, Scotland; Jed Brich, Ogallala, NE; and Ryan Koontz, Rapid City. Canoe co- chairs are Richard Anderson, Rapid City; and Josh Warren, Sheridan WY. Richard Anderson will give the canoe technical paper presentation. Kristin Hensley of Toston MT is president of the SDSM& T Student ASCE Chapter and Dr. Scott Kenner, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering ( CEE) serves as faculty advisor.
Other members of SDSM& T’s Student ASCE concrete canoe team who traveled to Florida include: Charlie Baker, Rapid City; Lou Fleming, Rapid City; Deb Paulsen, Rapid City; Kevin Potts, St. Helena NE; Kent Reimann, Rapid City; Terry Collins, Rapid City; Mike and Ruth Towey, Rapid City. John Morgan, CEE Technical, also attended the conference.
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