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2014 NCCC Qualifiers and Conference Competitions

 2014 ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition - 27th Offering
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
June 19-21, 2014

ConcreteCanoe.org  - 2014 US National Coverage - ConcreteCanoe.org
(rules, national qualifiers, photos, top picks, race site, links, commentary, etc.)

Disclaimer: Since schools must meet other requirements, such as being in "good standing," participation in the professional paper competition, and attendance at the annual business meeting, the results posted here regarding the 2014 NCCC qualifiers are unofficial. 

Please see the ASCE website for an official list of the national qualifying teams.


Pittsburgh-Johnstown qualifies in Mid-Atlantic

According to the 2014 NCCC Rules and Regulations, the national host school has the choice of competing in the current year or delaying their entry until the following year. Despite the overwhelming task of hosting the competition, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown has elected to compete on home turf.


UPJ will field "Essayons."

This will be the seventh time that the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown has qualified for nationals. UPJ's theme is based on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

UPJ has posted a draft agenda for the competition and will be updating their web site on a regular basis. See:

 UPJ - 2014 NCCC Website


Clemson wins Carolinas

Clemson was the first team to officially qualify for the 2014 ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition. 3CT won the Carolina's Conference. The Citadel, who hosted and won the overall Conference Championship, finished second in the concrete canoe competition followed by the University of Carolina, Charlotte in third.


Clemson will field "The GameDay Experience."

This is the twenty-first time that Clemson has qualified for nationals. They hold the record for the most national appearances.  At the competition, 3CT won the design paper and the final product categories.  The Citadel won the oral presentation. Clemson swept the races..


Louisiana Tech wins Deep South

This year's Deep South Conference was hosted by Christian Brothers University. Louisiana Tech University won the Deep South Conference Concrete Canoe Competition. Louisiana State University finished second followed by the University of New Orleans in third.


Louisiana Tech will field "Dawg's Day."

This is the sixth time that the Bulldogs have qualified for nationals.


University of Wisconsin-Madison wins Great Lakes

The Great Lakes Conference was hosted by the University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign. The University of Wisconsin - Madison won the Great Lakes Conference Concrete Canoe Competition. The University of Evansville placed second followed by the host school (UIUC) in third.


Wisconsin-Madison will field "Laurentide."

This is the eighteenth time that the Badgers have qualified for nationals.

In the Great Lakes Conference, Madison secured the overall Conference title and won all of the events in the concrete canoe competition by fielding an entry that revolved around a Glaciation theme. They hold the record for the most national wins (5) with the Bears and Team UAH. Significantly, the Badgers are the only one of these teams who will be in Johnstown to better this record.


CCNY wins Metropolitan

The Metropolitan Conference was hosted by the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The City College of New York (CCNY) won the Metropolitan Conference Concrete Canoe Competition. The host school, NJIT, placed second followed by Rutgers University in third.


CCNY will field "Goethals."

This is the eighth time that the City College of New York has qualified for nationals.


Drexel wins Mid-Atlantic

The Mid-Atlantic Conference was hosted by the United States Naval Academy and Villanova University. Drexel University won the Mid-Atlantic Conference Concrete Canoe Competition. The University of Maryland placed second followed by the national host school, the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown (UPJ), in third.


Drexel will field "Drage" (Norwegian for dragon).

This is the twelfth time that Drexel has qualified for nationals.


Kansas wins Mid-Continent

The Mid-Continent Conference was hosted by Oklahoma State University. The University of Kansas won the Mid-Continent Conference Concrete Canoe Competition. The University of Okalahoma placed second followed by Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in third.


Kansas will field "Ad Astra."

This is the fifth time that the University of Kansas has qualified for nationals.


Nevada-Reno and Tongji University qualify in Mid-Pacific

The Mid-Pacific Conference was hosted by California State University - Fresno. The University of Nevada, Reno won the competition. Tongji University (designated TJU and located in Shanghai, China) placed second followed by Sacramento State in third.


The University of Nevada, Reno will field "Alluvium."

This is the ninth time that the Wolf Pack has qualified for nationals.

At last year's national competition, the top five placements were Ecole de Technologie Superieure (ETS), the University of Nevada, Reno (Wolf Pack), the University of Florida (Gators), California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly - SLO), and Utah State University (Utah State).

Since Reno placed second overall in the 2013 NCCC and won their conference competition in 2014, Tongji qualified for the 2014 NCCC under the "Top Five" rule. TJU competed in the Mid-Pac Conference as an international student group and will be making their debut at the national level. This brings the number of different schools to have competed there to 115. Welcome to the big league!


Tongji will field "Operace."

Operace stands for opera race and TJU's theme is based on the Chinese Peking Opera, Lianpu (Opera Faces).

During the concrete canoe competition in the Mid-Pacific, Reno won all of the events that were completed.  The co-ed race had to be cancelled due to inclement weather. Tongji won the overall Mid-Pac title.


University of Wisconsin-Platteville wins Midwest

The Midwest Conference was hosted by the University of Iowa. The University of Wisconsin - Platteville won the Midwest Conference Concrete Canoe Competition. The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities placed second followed by the University of Minnesota, Duluth in third.


UW Platteville will field "Crossroad."

This is the ninth time that the University of Wisconsin - Platteville has qualified for nationals. Platteville's theme is based on Panama Wild.


Universite Laval wins New England

The New England Conference was hosted by the University of Massachusetts - Lowell. Universite Laval won the New England Conference Concrete Canoe Competition. The host school, UMass - Lowell, finished second followed by Northeastern University in third.


Laval will field "Maximus."

This is the twelfth time that Laval has qualified for nationals. They will also compete in the CNCCB/CNCCC on May 9-11, 2014 (see announcement above).


Michigan Tech wins North Central

This year's North Central Conference was hosted by the University of Detroit-Mercy. Michigan Tech University won the North Central Conference Concrete Canoe Competition. Michigan State University finished second followed by the University of Michigan in third.


Michigan Tech will field "Katsuo Maru."  

This is the fifteenth time that Michigan Tech has qualified for nationals.


Akron wins Ohio Valley

The Ohio Valley Conference was hosted by Carnegie Mellon University. The University of Akron won the Ohio Valley Conference Concrete Canoe Competition. Western Kentucky University finished second followed by Youngstown State University in third.


The University of Akron will field "Cassin."

This will be the fifth time that University of Akron has qualified for nationals.

A total of fourteen colleges and universities competed in numerous events; WKU won the overall Conference title.


University of Washington wins Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest Conference was hosted by Portland State University. The University of Washington won the Pacific Northwest Conference Concrete Canoe Competition. St. Martin's University placed second followed by Oregon State University in third.


Washington will field "The Lady."

This is the eleventh time that the University of Washington has qualified for nationals.


Cal Poly - SLO and Cal Poly - Pomona qualify in Pacific Southwest

The Pacific Southwest Conference was hosted by San Diego State University. California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo won Pacific Southwest Concretet Canoe Competition. California State Polytechnic University - Pomona finished second.


Cal Poly - SLO will field "Ambrosia."

This is the fifteenth time that Cal Poly -SLO has qualified for nationals.

Since Cal Poly - SLO placed forth overall in the 2013 NCCC and won their conference competition in 2014, Cal Poly - Pomona qualified for the 2014 NCCC under the "Top Five" rule. They will be making their eighth national appearance.


Cal Poly - Pomona will field "Gidget."


Utah State and New Mexico State qualify in Rocky Mountain

The Rocky Mountain Conference was hosted by Colorado State University. Utah State University won the Rocky Mountain Conference Concrete Canoe Competition. New Mexico State University finished second followed by the University of Wyoming in third.


Utah State will field "Promontory."

This is forth time that the Utah State has qualified for nationals.

Since Utah State placed fifth overall in the 2013 NCCC and won their conference competition in 2014,  New Mexico State qualified for the 2014 NCCC under the "Top Five" rule. The Aggies will be making their ninth national appearance.


New Mexico State will field "Protogenoi." 

The Aggies' "Protogenoi" (first born of the Greek Gods) was cured underwater and features an inward gunwale, a wave breaker in the bow, and a fish tail in the stern.

At the competition, USU took home first in the design paper, oral presentation, final product, men and women's endurance races, and women's sprint race.


Florida and Puerto Rico qualify in the Southeast

The University of Florida won the Southeast Conference Concrete Canoe Competition. The University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez finished second followed by the University of Alabama in Huntsville in third.

SOUTHEAST FINAL PRODUCT PHOTOS (ALL 23 ENTRIES)


Florida will field "Accelegator."

This is the tenth time that the Gators have qualified for nationals.

Since Florida placed third overall in the 2013 NCCC and won their conference competition in 2014, UPRM qualified for the 2014 NCCC under the "Top Five" rule. They will be making their second consecutive national appearance.


University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez will field "Galeon."

This year's Southeast Conference was hosted by the University of South Florida. It is the largest and one of the most competitive student competitions in the world where 24 teams competed in 14 different competitions. In the concrete canoe competition, the women's endurance race was the only one completed due to inclement weather. In that race, Florida placed first, UPRM second, and Team UAH third.


Texas A&M wins Texas-Mexico

The Texas-Mexico Conference was hosted by the University of Texas - Tyler. Texas A&M University won the Texas-Mexico Conference Concrete Canoe Competition. Texas Tech placed second followed by the host school, UT Tyler, in third.


Texas A&M will field "Horton."

This is the fifth time that Texas A&M has qualified for nationals.

In the Texas-Mexico Conference, Texas Tech took 1st in the design paper, Texas A&M took first in the Oral Presentation, UT Austin took first in final product, and UT Tyler took 1st on the water, winning all of the races except women’s sprint, which was won by Texas Tech. It was a very close contest overall.

Texas A&M will carry a dedicated team, a beautiful boat, and a quality theme of Horton from Dr. Seuss into Nationals.


Cornell qualifies in Upstate New York

The Upstate New York Conference was hosted by Cornell University. Cornell qualified for the 2014 NCCC and will be making their third national appearance.


Cornell will field "Ursa Major." 


Fairmont State wins Virginias

The Virginias Conference was hosted by the University of Virginia. Fairmont State University won the Virginias Conference Concrete Canoe Competition. Virginia Tech finished second followed by West Virginia University in third.


Fairmont State will field the "Gray Ghost."

This is the eleventh straight victory for Fairmont State University

About Fairmont's theme: With a country divided by war, WV decreed freedom and equality and thus the 35th state was born.  John S. Mosby served as a Confederate Army Calvary Commander during the Civil War. Mosby was nicknamed the Gray Ghost for his quick raids and ability to elude Union Army pursuers. He was known to disappear by blending in with local farmers and townsmen. As a child, he was small and frail and often became the victim of bullies. Rather than lacking self-confidence and withdrawing, he responded by fighting back. FSU is often underestimated due to its small size and student population. However, similar to Mosby, the 2014 FSU Concrete Canoe Team fought back this year with the Gray Ghost.