2005 National Concrete Canoe Competition"
June 25th -27th, 2005
Clemson, South Carolina

The 2005 ASCE/MBT National Concrete Canoe Competition (NCCC) took place on June 25th 27th in Clemson, South Carolina.  Clemson University hosted the competition and team photos are available.  Events were held on their campus situated on the shores of Lake Hartwell in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Andrea Barnes and John Gilbert covered the event for ConcreteCanoe.org.  Details on each team's performance including a description of their presentation, every question asked by the judges, commentary on their stint, photos of their final product, and more can be found via the links embedded in the final placements listed below.

Races (25% of score) were held on on Lake Hartwell under nearly perfect weather conditions.

Design reports (25% of score) were due in mid May.  They were evaluated prior to the competition.

Oral presentations (25% of score) were delivered in the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, June 26th.  ConcreteCanoe.org attended all of them and we documented every question posed to the teams by the judges.  

The final products (25% of score) were judged in the Owen Pavilion at the Madren Conference Center on Saturday, June 25th.  We photographed the canoes with as little clutter (participants, spectators, etc.) as possible to show exactly what each school had to offer.

The Wisconsin Badgers powered to a first place finish in the men's endurance race and co-ed sprint.
Photo on left by Bart Boatwright, courtesy of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

We appreciate the cooperation and efforts made by the participants during the competition and thank Clemson for making this one of the best competitions on record.  Our hats go off to the Wisconsin Badgers for making history by winning three consecutive national championships.

3CT's four paddling aces won three out of five races (women's endurance and men's and women's sprint races)... fair and square.
Photo on right courtesy of Clemson.

Spreadsheets for all NCCC competitions, including the 2005 NCCC, as well as statistics for schools that competed since year 2000, can be found in "For the Record."  We have updated the statistics found there for individual schools including their average placements.  Links to all of the national competitors and more are included in "Concrete Canoe Web Sites."

Michigan Tech proved to be a power player, placing third overall after a strong sowing in the water.
Photo by Bart Boatwright, courtesy of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

See links below for presentation coverage, judges questions, commentary, and final product photos. 

1. University of Wisconsin - Madison (1st place overall; 1st in paper; 5th in presentation; 2nd in product).
2. Clemson University
(2nd place overall; 2nd in paper; 10th in presentation; 1st in product).
3. Michigan Tech University (3rd place overall; 5th in paper; 2nd in presentation; 6th in product).
4. University of California - Berkeley (4th place overall; 3rd in paper; 6th in presentation; 7th in product).
5. U.S. Military Academy (West Point) (5th place overall; 4th in paper; 3rd in presentation; 18th in product).
6. University of Evansville (6th place overall; 10th in paper; 8th in presentation; 3rd in product).
7. University of Florida (7th place overall; 9th in paper; 11th in presentation; 5th in product).
8. California State Polytechnic University - Pomona (8th place overall; 17th in paper; 14th in presentation; 4th in product).
9. City College of New York (9th place overall; 12th in paper; 1st in presentation; 12th in product).
10. Western Kentucky University (10th place overall; 8th in paper; 12th in presentation; 13th in product).
11. Drexel University (8th place overall; 6th in paper; 7th in presentation; 11th in product).
12. Fairmont State College (12th place overall; 14th in paper; 4th in presentation; 16th in product).
13. North Carolina State University (13th place overall; 18th in paper; 15th in presentation; 8th in product).
14. New Mexico State University (14th place overall; 7th in paper; 19th in presentation; 9th in product).
15. Oklahoma State University (15th place overall; 16th in paper; 9th in presentation; 10th in product).
16. Texas A&M University (16th place overall; 15th in paper; 18th in presentation; 17th in product).
17. Wentworth Institute of Technology (17th place overall; 20th in paper; 21st in presentation; 20th in product).
18. University of Wisconsin-Platteville (18th place overall; 13th in paper; 13th in presentation; 14th in product).
19. Boise State University (19th place overall; 19th in paper; 20th in presentation; 19 in product).
20. Tulane University (20th place overall; 11th in paper; 17th in presentation; 15th in product).
21. Catholic University of America (21st place overall; 21st in paper; 18th in presentation; 21st in product).

For a synopsis of the event see:

Joan Buhrman, ASCE, Kelly Mawby, Degussa, Susan Polowczuk, Clemson, "Badger's Determination to Three-Peat Solid as a Rock" June 27, 2005.

Observations, strategy, and top picks for the 2005 NCCC are included in "The Front Line - 2005".  A follow-up to this commentary is now available.

If any of the information posted there or here is incorrect, or you would like to add or modify something, please contact Dr. John Gilbert.

Clemson's 2005 NCCC Web Site

CU ASCE     2005 ASCE logo

2005 U.S. National Concrete Canoe Competition Site

Photos of teams and boats shot prior to the competition:

Berkeley Bears with "Bearied Treasure."

Boise State with the "Black Pearl."

Cal Poly Pomona with "Limelite."

Catholic University with "CUAL Runnings."

Drexel University with "Goondocker."

University of Evansville with "Lembus Durus."

Fairmont State with "Consistent C-33."

University of Florida with "Bull Gator."

Michigan Tech with "The MacInnes."

New Mexico State with "Ojo del Tigre."

Oklahoma State University with "Bandit."

Texas A&M with "Marooned."

Tulane University with "T-Boat."

Wentworth Tech with "Cherry Pi."

Western Kentucky University with "Black Widow."

West Point with "Team America."

The University of Wisconsin - Madison with "Taliesin."

The University of Wisconsin - Platteville with "Nemo"... photo by Ryan Staab.

Quick links to the web sites of this year's contestants:

University of California - Berkeley (Mid-Pacific)
City College of New York (Metropolitan)
Boise State
(Pacific Northwest)
Cal Poly Pomona
(Pacific Southwest)
Catholic University (2004 Host School)
(1st Place Qualifier; Carolinas)
Drexel (Mid-Atlantic)
Evansville (2nd Place Qualifier; Great Lakes)
Fairmont State
University of Florida
Michigan Tech
(North Central)
New Mexico State
(Rocky Mountain)
North Carolina State
(2nd Place Qualifier; Carolinas)
Oklahoma State University (Mid-Continent)
Texas A&M (Texas-Mexico)
Tulane University
(Deep South)
Wentworth Institute of Technology
(New England)
Western Kentucky University (Ohio Valley)
West Point
(Upstate New York)
University of Wisconsin-Madison (Great Lakes)
University of Wisconsin-Platteville (Mid-West)

Oklahoma State University will host the 2006 NCCC next June!