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June 10, 2003
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Tech Takes First Place In Concrete Canoe Competition
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology took first place overall and won the concrete canoe competition at the 2003 American Society of Civil Engineers Rocky Mountain Regional Conference held in Logan, Utah. Tech has won the regional canoe competition 14 of the past 16 years. The team’s concrete canoe was judged on appearance, weight, presentation and sprint and endurance races for men, women and co-ed squads. Besides the canoe competition in Logan, the Tech team competed with design papers, a steel bridge, a pre-design and mystery design. The team finished first overall after scores for all the competitions were combined. Here how the team placed in each portion of the competition: Concrete Canoe, first place; Technical Paper, fifth place; Pre-Design, third place; Mystery Design, 50 participation points; Steel Bridge, sixth place; Non-Technical Paper, fifth place. 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, and won the national championship in 1995. The team: Steve Lipetzky (CEE, Sioux Falls); Andy Coats (IE, Rapid City); Ryan Hamilton (ME, Rapid City); Dave Lowe (CEE, Sioux Falls); Eric Gassland (CEE, Hibbing, Minn.); Jen Pohl (CEE, Wheaton, Minn.); Mandy Kost (CEE, Mitchell); Katie Zeller (IE, Pierre); Tara Boehmer (CHEME, Mitchell); Wade Lein (CEE, Batesland); Cassady Marshall (CHEME, Laramie, Wyo.).
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