The UF concrete canoe team members messaged one another about their workouts every single day.
The messages kept one another motivated, said Tyler Mokris, the team’s construction and paddling captain. And their dedication paid off, as the team won the American Society of Civil Engineer’s national competition on June 22 at Clemson University, beating 21 other schools and winning a $5,000 scholarship.
The team’s 22-foot-long canoe is made out of a mixture of concrete and tiny glass beads, which ensures that it won’t sink. Members competed in five endurance races and were also judged on an oral presentation, a design paper and their canoe craftsmanship.
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