Absolute Concrete: Chico State Civil Engineers Place Fourth in Regional Concrete Canoe Competition and First in Engineering Olympics

Kari Rowberg and Kristi Hodges paddle Absolute
Concrete in the women’s sprint during the
Concrete Canoe competition at UOP.
Chico State's concrete canoe team made a strong showing at the 1998 Mid-Pacific Conference sponsored by the American Society of Engineers and Master Builders, Inc., placing fourth in the Concrete Canoe competition and first in the engineering Olympics.

The two-day concrete canoe competition, hosted by the University of the Pacific in Stockton, included both judging of design reports, oral presentations, and displays on Saturday, and canoe races on Sunday. Chico's canoe team, led by seniors Tony Cinquini and Tony English, impressed the other competitors with their "Absolute Concrete" theme. The eighteen-foot canoe was made with white Portland Cement for aesthetics, and then sealed with a coat of lacquer.

The scores of the ten competing teams after Saturday's event were very close. The actual racing of the canoes determined the outcome of the competition. The strong paddlers of Chico State made the finals in all of the sprint competitions. Seniors James Renfro and Mike Mogan paddled Absolute Concrete to a fourth place finish in the men's endurance race; first year students Jamie Speer and Kristi Hodges placed fifth in the women's endurance race; Renfro and Mogan took fourth in the men's sprint; and first year student Kari Rowberg and Hodges placed fourth in the women's sprint. The best finish of the day was a third place in the coed sprints by senior Shane Sterling and Speer.

The concrete canoe team effort resulted in a fourth place overall finish. Sacramento State took first place and will represent the Mid-Pacific Conference and the national concrete canoe competition held this summer in South Dakota. UC, Davis and UC, Berkeley finished second and third, respectively.

Saturday also included the Engineering Olympics. The well-rounded Chico State Civil Engineers nearly swept the competition earning 70 of the possible 75 points. A technical paper, written by seniors Tony Cinquini and Jon Mohle, and creatively presented with the help of sophomore Brian Stephenson took first place. Tony English won the Web page competition. Chico earned second place in the engineering quiz bowl.

Senior Lowell Rogers and first year student Kari Rowberg won first place in the concrete quoits (ring toss) contest. The Chico State volleyball team, led by Chico's ASCE adviser, Joel Arthur, annihilated the competition.

Anthony English, ASCE Student chapter, Civil Engineering

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