“Oregon State University took FIRST PLACE in this year’s American Society of Civil Engineers Pacific Northwest Regional CONCRETE CANOE COMPETITION after competing against eight other universities in Seattle,” team co-captain LORI VOLLMER, pictured inset, told the Ear. Her parents are LYNETTE and ALLEN VOLLMER of Astoria.

“OSU’s canoe, BEAVER BELIEVER,” she continued, “was formed out of a concrete mix that was designed by the team to weigh less than water. After curing for 21 days in the team-constructed mold, the canoe was carefully removed and finished.” It’s 21 feet long, 3 feet wide, and weighs just over 470 pounds.

“The team placed first in the women’s sprint, women’s endurance and co-ed sprint races,” Lori reported, “while placing third in the men’s sprint and eighth in the men’s endurance races.” The team also prepared a technical presentation (second place) and technical paper (first place).

“OSU has qualified to participate in the National Competition this June in Reno, Nev.,” she added. “This is the first time OSU will compete in the national competition in the history of its participation.”

— Elleda Wilson


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