Concrete Canoe Superlatives: 2018 Edition

June 20, 2018
Who will join the 2018 Cal Poly SLO team in the lineage of national concrete canoe champs?

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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