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April 9, 2000
SD TECH WINS ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION CONCRETE CANOE COMPETITION – EARNS BIRTH TO NATIONAL COMPETITION IN GOLDEN, COLORADO JUNE 24- 26, 2000
Beau Obrigewitch, President of the American Society of Civil Engineers ( ASCE) student chamber at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology called the Tech campus from Provo, Utah late Saturday night with some good news – SD Tech took first place overall at the Rocky Mountain Region Concrete Canoe Competition with their canoe “ Looking Glass!” The first place finish marks Tech’s eleventh time out of the past thirteen years that a student team from SDSM& T has won first place at a regional competition.
By winning the regional concrete canoe contest, SDSM& T has earned the right to compete in the National Concrete Canoe Competition, which will be held June 24- 26, 2000 hosted by the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. The 13th annual ASCE/ MBT National Concrete Canoe Competition is sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers and Master Builders, Inc. More than twenty teams, winners and qualifying second- place finishers of regional races held throughout the country, will be invited to attend the 2000 national competition.
The weekend regional competition was hosted by Brigham Young University. Tech won first place in the competition after winning most points overall from Friday and Saturday events. They placed as follows: 1st canoe; 3rd in finished product; 1st women’s sprint; 1st women’s endurance; 1st co- ed; 1st paper presentation; 1st canoe paper; 1st canoe display; 1st bridge stiffness; 1st technical paper; and 1st in pre- design with concrete bowling ball.
The paddlers for SDSM& T’s “ Looking Glass” canoe and their hometowns are: Jim Cokely of Scotland, and Ryan Koontz of Sturgis competed in men’s sprint race; Trygve Trovik of Norway, and Josh Warren of Sheridan, WY competed in the men’s endurance race; Jessica Gould of Black Hawk, and Rhaub Walker of Rapid City competed in the women’s sprint race; Karen Carda of Hermosa, and Heidi Anderson of Rapid City competed in the women’s endurance race; and Heidi Anderson, Karen Carda, Ryan Koontz, and Trygve Trovik competed in the co- ed race. Shane Boyle of Rapid City competed in the pre- design competition with the concrete bowling ball.
Those students who assembled the bridge at this year’s competition and their hometowns are: Beau Obrigewitch, Wiboux, MT; Brent Peterson, Sioux Falls; Justin Fejfar, Custer; Dan Nebelsick, Mt. Vernon; Josh Sletten, Irene; and Jason Baihly, Rochester, MN.
Other students from Tech’s ASCE chapter attending the conference include: Rich Anderson, Rapid City; Chris Baer, Freeman; Charlie Baker, Rapid City; Andy Baker, Rapid City; Jed Brich, Ogallala, NE; Miriam Grenz, Bismark, ND; Kevin Potts, Boston, NE; Randy Ringstmeyer, Winner, SD; Donnie Slag, Dickinson, ND; Liz Stout, Rapid City; Mike Towey, Rapid City; and David Tullis, Rushville, NE. Jed Brich and Kevin Potts are co- chairs of the concrete canoe competition, and Justin Fejfar and Josh Sletten are co- chairs of the steel bridge competition. Beau Obrigewitch is President of the SDSM& T ASCE chapter, and Dr. M. R. Hansen, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is the faculty advisor.
( I: univrel/ pressrel/ 0400 Concrete canoe regional results)
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