Oregon State University took FIRST PLACE in this years 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.
OSUs 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. Its 21 feet long, 3 feet wide, and weighs just over 470 pounds.
The team placed first in the womens sprint, womens endurance and co-ed sprint races, Lori reported, while placing third in the mens sprint and eighth in the mens 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.