RIT Competing in Concrete Canoe Nationals This Weekend




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A team of Rochester Institute of Technology civil engineering technology students competes in finals of the 15th annual National Concrete Canoe Competition, today through Monday on Lake Mendota in Madison, Wis.

RIT’s six-member team earned the chance to compete in finals by besting challengers in regional competition held in Syracuse in April. The team designed and built its craft during the school year. RIT also went to finals in 1997 and 1998.

Only 20 teams advanced to this year’s finals, hosted by the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Teams are vying for a share of $9,000 in scholarship awards to be shared by the top three finishers. Judging is in 11 categories including five races.

Competition is sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers and Master Builders Inc.

"The team has a terrific attitude," says Maureen Valentine, RIT associate professor and chair of civil engineering technology/environmental management and safety. "They’re going to have a blast."

Note: For more information, visit http://www.cae.wisc.edu/~asce150/Canoe.htm.