Concrete Canoe Team 2018 national champions

Cal Poly was named national champion at the 31st annual ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition in San Diego June 23-25. The team placed first in the overall competition, oral presentation, final product, men’s endurance race, women’s endurance race, men’s sprint race, women’s sprint race and co-ed sprint race.

The 19-1/2 foot canoe named Van Gogh was inspired by the late artist and and featured a blue hull and a dozen accent colors.

2018 Concrete Canoe Team

  • Project Manager - Brandon Friedman
  • Mix Design Captains - Kyle Aube, Yingyi Xu, Mason Breipohl, Michael Romano
  • Construction Captains - Hailey Bond, Jacky Loh, Royston Chan, Jason Johnson, Eleni Korogianos
2018 Concrete Canoe Team at National Competition

The team spent more than 4,500 hours designing and building the canoe over six months. The team included nine civil engineering students and one mechanical engineering major. In addition, more than 50 volunteers from Cal Poly’s ASCE student chapter contributed to the successful defense of the national title.

The team began testing designs in September and a final design was chosen in November. The final canoe was cast in January, cured in February and demolded by March. With the help of the volunteers, the team spent March and April sanding down the canoe.

"My favorite part about working on this project is the people. If you have a great team to work with, all the challenges become a lot easier" - Brandon Friedman, 2017-18 Concrete Canoe Project Manager

The team of paddlers selected in the fall had two-hour sessions each week at Laguna Lake to prepare for the racing components of the competition. The paddlers were Mason Breipohl, Eleni Korogianos, Hailey Bond and Derek Fromm.

In April, the team competed at the Pacific Southwest Conference at Northern Arizona University and won the overall competition and nearly swept all other categories to advance to the finals.

At the national finals hosted by San Diego State University, Cal Poly competed against schools from around the world. The Mustangs finished with 95 points, surpassing the University of Florida, Université Laval and Shanghai’s Tongji University. Cal Poly ASCE received a $5,000 scholarship and the “Civil Engineering Cup” award.

By earning its fifth national title, Cal Poly’s Concrete Canoe Team is tied with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, UC Berkeley, and the University of Alabama-Huntsville for most national titles.

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