UF engineering team’s concrete canoe wins regional competition

The team members threw their hands into a circle, and Tyler Mokris yelled, “Gators on three!”

The UF Concrete Canoe team cheered at the American Society of Civil Engineers’ southeastern conference then raced their 22-foot-long canoe through the water.

The team placed first at the southeast regional competition this weekend, which qualified them to compete at the national level for the 11th time. The national competition will be at Clemson University on June 20 through June 22.

“We’re excited to represent the school this summer,” said Danielle Kennedy, the team’s head captain.

The team is judged on how they design and build their canoe, with equal weight on a design paper, oral presentation, the canoe’s craftsmanship and how quickly they complete endurance competitions.

“I think the canoe competition is more time-intensive than class,” said Mokris, the team’s construction and paddling captain and a UF civil engineering senior.

How on Earth does a concrete canoe work?

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