National Concrete Canoe Competition"
Florida "Gators" Win U.S. Title
The Gators from the University of Florida won their first National title at Clemson thereby earning a seventh national victory for the Southeast. Cal Poly - SLO finished second followed by the University of California, Berkeley in third. ETS ended up fourth while the host school, Clemson, placed fifth.
There have been only eleven schools to win the U.S. national title. Alabama Huntsville's Team UAH, the Berkeley Bears, Cal Poly - SLO, Clemson's 3CT, Nevada Reno's Wolf Pack, and the UW-Madison Badgers are the only teams to have won the competition more than once. With the exception of Nevada Reno, all schools have won back-to-back titles; Berkeley is the only school to have accomplished this feat twice. SLO has won the competition three times in a row. Wisconsin-Madison stands alone in winning five consecutive national championships but Team UAH, the Bears, and the Badgers have five wins to their credit.
2015 NCCC Coverage
The competition was held in Clemson, SC, a university town that provides a strong sense of community and a high quality of life for its residents. Nevada Reno's "Wolf Pack," who finished sixth overall, was the defending champion.
The first place overall winner in each of 18 Conferences were invited to compete at the 2015 National Concrete Canoe Competition. In addition, if the first place Conference winner finished in the top five overall in the 2014 National Competition (Nevada Reno, Cal Poly-SLO, Laval, Utah State, and Wisconsin-Madison), the second place team was also be invited to compete. The host school (Clemson) had the option of competing in 2015 or 2016. In the end, there were 22 competitors (see For the Record).
Regarding the National Host
Clemson's Concrete Canoe Teams (3CT) have proudly represented the Carolinas Conference a record breaking twenty one times at the national level. Their three national wins and two second and third place finishes, qualify them as one of the strongest players in the game. Clemson and the University of Wisconsin - Madison hold the record for the most consecutive national appearances at 14 years.
Regarding Clemson, 3CT (statistics) has twelve top five wins to their credit and their teams have finished fifteen times in the top ten. The school was well qualified to host the nationals, since they did so in 2005. Clemson is world renowned for their competitive sports programs and 3CT knows what it takes to field "The Game Day Experience" (the name of their 2014 entry)..
2015 NCCC Website Links
2015 ASCE Official NCCC Website (history, rules and regulations, conference competitions, qualifying teams)
2016 National Concrete Canoe Competition
The 2016 NCCC will be held at the University of Texas at Tyler, on June 9-11, 2016.