Concrete champions float away with fourth victory

University of Wisconsin-Madison took first place in the 2006 National Concrete Canoe Competition. The team captured its fourth straight title this year at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla. The team’s 21-foot, 162-pound, natural gray canoe, called “Forward,” defeated entries from 22 other top engineering schools from around the country.

The team’s closest competitors were California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and Clemson University.

Cal Poly paddled into second place with the white, 250-pound, 21.25-foot “Katana,” and Clemson finished a close third with a brown granite, 151-pound, 18.667-foot canoe deemed “Take It For Granite.”

For their top finishes, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cal Poly and Clemson earned $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500 in scholarship money, respectively.

The three-day event, organized by ASCE and hosted by Oklahoma State University, is sponsored by Degussa Admixtures Inc., as well as the American Concrete Institute, Baker Concrete Construction, CEMEX, ICS Penetron, Pennoni Associates Inc., Propex Concrete Systems, Bentley Systems Inc. and U.S. Silica Co.

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