UF concrete canoe team wins nationals 

A team of college students facing the camera with their arms behind each others backs behind a blue-painted concrete canoe floating in the water

The win comes after UF’s Eckhoff Steel Bridge Team claimed its fourth consecutive title

Just call The Pit in Weil Hall “Title Town.”   

On Saturday in Provo, Utah, the University of Florida’s concrete canoe team claimed its fourth national title at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Engineering Championships. 

The win comes several weeks after UF’s Eckhoff Steel Bridge team made history by claiming its fourth consecutive title at Louisiana Tech University – a record, according to the American Institute of Steel Construction. The civil engineering teams (concrete canoe and steel bridge) share workspace in The Pit, a large industrial space in Weil Hall where much of the magic happens for both teams. 

The 12-member concrete canoe team and its Springseeker canoe led the top five in Utah, followed by Universite Laval (Quebec), California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, Virginia Tech and Western Kentucky University. Twenty-five teams consisting of 250 students competed in the competition, according to ASCE. 

Florida’s ASCE win this year comes after back-to-back canoe titles by California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 2022 and 2023. The two universities have gone back and forth for nearly a decade, each winning four championships in the last 10 years. 

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David Schlenker June 25, 2024