Concrete Canoe Superlatives: 2018 Edition

It’s almost time for the America’s Cup of Civil Engineering: the National Concrete Canoe Competition.

San Diego State University hosts the 2018 nationals this weekend, June 23-25.

To get you prepared for the competition, here’s a look back at some superlatives over more than three decades of national concrete canoe competitions.

Most All-Time Wins:

• UC Berkeley (5)
• University of Wisconsin–Madison (5)
• University of Alabama in Huntsville (5)

Number of Teams to Win National Championship: 11

Total Number of Schools to Participate in National Concrete Canoe Competition: 124

Most Top-5 Finishes: UC Berkeley (15)

Most National Qualifications: Clemson and Wisconsin-Madison (22 each)

Longest Qualification Streak: Fairmont State, 15 times in a row (2004-2018)

Lightest Canoe: 49-lb “Rapid Fire,” University of Alabama in Huntsville (1998)

Heaviest Canoe: 780-lb “Ecrevisse,” McNeese State (2016)

Highest Point Total: University of Alabama in Huntsville’s “Rock It” scored 138.3/150 (1996)

Lowest Point Total (for winner): Ecole de Technologie Superieure’s “Savannah” scored 64.0/100 (2013) (sprint races canceled due to inclement weather)

Closest Point-Total Finish: Clemson University’s winner “The Sequel” scored 121.0/150 and 2nd-place University of Alabama in Huntsville’s “CANEW” scored 119.5/150 (1999)

Only 2nd-Place Qualifier to Win National Competition: Florida Institute of Technology’s “Chip Off the Old Block” (1997)

Duplicate Canoe Names: In 2009, two separate pairs of teams had duplicate names –
• “Vintage” was the name for both the Ecole de Technologie Superieure and California Polytechnic State University canoes
• “Fusion” was the name for both the University of Nevada, Reno and Polytechnic Institute of New York canoes

First Team to Win National Championship on Home Turf: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (2010)

Track this year’s competition on social media at #concretecanoe.


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