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UNR concrete canoe team qualifies for nationals
by Tribune Staff
Apr 23, 2011 | 701 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — The University of Nevada, Reno concrete canoe team continued its winning tradition by taking first place in the regional contest Saturday and earning an unprecedented sixth trip in a row to the national competition in Evansville, Ind. in June.

While the paddling portion of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Mid-Pacific Conference in Sacramento was very close, the Nevada team of engineering students dominated the competition by taking first in the design paper and final product portions and third in oral presentation.

“As always, it was very competitive, with just a couple points between us and the other teams in the race portion,” said Kelly Lyttle, advisor for the university’s ASCE student chapter. The Nevada Canoe team’s arch rival, the University of California, Berkeley, came in second place overall and San Jose State University came in third. Eight universities competed in the regional competition.

The Nevada team has represented the Mid-Pacific Conference five times at the national level with all top-10 finishes: sixth place in 2006; third place in 2007; first place in 2008; fifth place in 2009 and second place in 2010.

The competition engages engineering students by testing their technical skills in designing, building and paddling concrete canoes. Students work through 76 pages of rules and regulations, which change slightly every year. The canoe must be 20 feet long and no more than 31.1875 inches wide at the middle. A complete set of design specifications and drawings, including requirements for concrete mixtures, dimensions, structural elements and flotation materials, are used by each of the teams in building their boats.

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