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Concrete Canoe Completes First Appearance at National Competition

The University of Michigan Concrete Canoe team finishes an exceptional year by placing 19th overall at the ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition. | Short Read

The University of Michigan’s Concrete Canoe Team finished an outstanding year by placing 19th overall at the ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition at San Diego State University, June 23-25, 2018.

The team competed against 24 other teams in the national competition, consisting of the top team from each regional competition plus six “wildcard” teams. The University of Michigan team placed first overall at the North Central regional competition on April 6-8, 2018.

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IMAGE:  The University of Michigan Concrete Canoe team at nationals

At the national competition, the University of Michigan team also finished 10th in the women’s slalom/endurance race, 11th in the men’s slalom/endurance race, 12th for their oral presentation, 17th for their design paper and 19th for their final product.

The Concrete Canoe Competition is designed to provide engineering students with an opportunity to gain hands-on, practical experience and leadership skills by working with concrete mix designs and project management. Concrete canoes are tested on design, construction, racing performance and other innovative features.

Congratulations to the University of Michigan Concrete Canoe Team on an exceptional year!

U-M Concrete Canoe team at Nationals
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