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McNeese wins national award at canoe competition

McNeese wins national award at canoe competition

Concrete canoe team
McNeese State University’s engineering team took home the Spirit of Competition Award at the 29th Annual American Society of Civil Engineering National Concrete Canoe Competition at the University of Texas at Tyler last weekend. Standing from left: Ronish Lamsal, Jordan Saltzman, Sadie Johnson, Lee Butler, Abigail Soileau, Matt Mixon, Jennifer Myers (external adviser), Dimitrios Dermisis (faculty adviser) and Drewe Burns; and kneeling from left: Kelli Van Norman, Chani Correa, Taylor Watts, Valentina Aristizábal and Tuan Le.

(June 17, 2016) McNeese State University’s engineering team received the Spirit of Competition Award last weekend for what didn’t happen at the 29th Annual American Society of Civil Engineering National Concrete Canoe Competition at the University of Texas at Tyler. Plaque award

The team’s crawfish-colored canoe, “Écrevisse, ” broke during the second race of the competition, according to Dr. Dimitrios Dermisis, faculty adviser.

“However, the two students finished the men's endurance race with a submerged canoe showing undeniable passion and determination,” said Dermisis. “Our students demonstrated a lot of heart and good sportsmanship despite being knocked out of the competition.”

“The judges were impressed with our team and we are extremely thankful for this prestigious award,” said Dermisis. “This is the first time McNeese has participated at the national competition and we are proud of our students.”

McNeese beat out 21 other universities for the spirit award including the Citadel, the University of Texas at Austin, UCLA, Western Kentucky University, University of Florida, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and University of Maryland.

McNeese’s ASCE chapter represented the Deep South Region, which includes 13 universities from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.