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April 5, 2000
CONCRETE CANOE DEPARTS FOR REGIONAL COMPETITION
Students from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will be racing their new concrete canoe, nicknamed “ Looking Glass,” this weekend at the 2000 American Society of Civil Engineers ( ASCE) Rocky Mountain Regional Conference held at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT April 7- 8, 2000. The conference will feature the regional concrete canoe and steel bridge competitions.
SDSM& T’s student ASCE chapter has a strong tradition of designing and racing concrete canoes. SDSM& T has placed first in ten of the past twelve regional competitions and has finished in the top five in nationals four times.
The concrete canoe competition is judged based upon appearance, weight, presentation, and races in men’s sprint and endurance, women’s sprint and endurance, and co- ed. The steel bridge competition is judged by weight, efficiency, least maximum deflection, speed of assembly, and total cost.
The paddlers for SDSM& T’s “ Looking Glass” canoe and their hometowns are: Jim Cokely of Scotland, and Ryan Koontz of Sturgis will compete in men’s sprint race; Trygve Trovik of Norway, and Josh Warren of Sheridan, WY will compete in the men’s endurance race; Jessica Gould of Black Hawk, and Rhaub Walker of Rapid City will compete in the women’s sprint race; Karen Carda of Hermosa, and Heidi Anderson of Rapid City will compete in the women’s endurance race; and Heidi Anderson, Karen Carda, Ryan Koontz, and Trygve Trovik will compete in the co- ed race.
Those students assembling 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.
Media note: The concrete canoe team will be loading the canoe onto the trailer tonight at approximately 6: 30 pm at the Collision Center on Omaha St. This would provide an excellent opportunity to talk to the students and see the canoe before they depart for the competition. Members of the media are also encouraged to come send- off the concrete canoe team at 6: 15 am, Thursday, April 6, 2000 when they will depart for Provo, UT. Jed Brich and Beau Obrigewitch will be departing at 6: 30 am with the canoe in tow, and the rest of the team will depart for BYU at 10: 00 am.
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