A day at the races it was not. Mother Nature prevailed with a frigid, icy Saturday in April and concrete canoe races at the ASCE North Central Region’s concrete canoe competition at Michigan State University were called off. Despite not being able to put their boat in the water this year, the WMU 2016 Concrete Canoe Team placed 4th overall out of eight teams, including 2nd place in their presentation to a panel of judges and 3rd place on the technical paper.
Concrete canoe team captain Bryan McDowell said, “Overall we made some big strides this year with a very young team. When you have members from other teams talking about your canoe and its innovations, you know you’re doing something right. This team has nothing but potential.”
Western Michigan University’s steel bridge team also competed in the event and tied for third place. Their 1:10 scale model bridge earned high marks for its low weight and sleek design, but was not able to support the required 2,500 pounds due to a violation of maximum sway.
“We learned a lot, had a great experience and really came together as a team,” said Tom Palumbo, steel bridge team captain. “We also had quite a few freshmen and sophomores on the team and their experience gives us a lot of momentum going forward.”
To watch the steel bridge team in action, click here.