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April 15, 2002
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Tech Takes First Place With “Blue Flame”
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology took first place in the concrete canoe competition at the 2002 American Society of Civil Engineers Rocky Mountain Regional Conference held this weekend in Laramie, Wyo.
The Tech team raced and competed with its canoe named “Blue Flame.” The win qualifies the team for the national competition, scheduled for June in Madison, Wis. There, Tech will compete against more than 20 teams from universities with the best engineering programs in the country. Tech has won regionals 13 of the past 15 years.
“The overall conference competition was very keen in all the events,” team advisor Dr. Scott Kenner said. Kenner is an associate professor in Tech’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. “We did dominate the canoe competition, and after watching the canoe’s performance, it is likely the best design we have ever had.”
The team’s concrete canoe was judged on appearance, weight, presentation, and races in men’s, women’s and co-ed sprint. High winds forced the cancellation of planned endurance races.
Besides the canoe competition in Laramie, the Tech team competed with a design paper and with a mystery design project. The team finished second overall after scores for all the competitions were combined. Colorado State placed first.
Tech’s student American Society of Civil Engineers chapter has a strong tradition of designing and racing concrete canoes. Tech teams finished in the top five in nationals five times, including a fifth place finish in 2001.
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