Concrete canoe races
Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise
"Rita," Lamar University 's civil engineering team's concrete canoe, awaits competition before races at Boomtown USA in Vidor on Saturday, April 22, 2006. The team named their canoe Rita because of the influence Hurricane Rita had on their studies and the project.
Lamar University Civil Engineering junior Daniel Gossett and adjunct professor Hani Tohme inspect "Rita," the team's concrete canoe, before races at Boomtown USA. The event was sponsored by the Texas/Mexico Regional American Society of Civil Engineers and hosted by Lamar University.
Lamar University's Erin Watson (left) and Stacy Marhofer (right) paddle to 2nd place in their heat during the concrete canoe races at Boomtown USA. The winning team advances to national competition.
Noe Gallegos of the Autonomus National Univeristy of Mexico (UNAM in Spanish) takes a break from blowing through a shell during the concrete canoe races at Boomtown USA.
Texas Tech's Amanda Felderhoff (right) continues paddling as her team's concrete canoe rams the canoe of UNAM's Kati Cruz Ruiz (left) and Nohemi Monroy Ceja (center) during the cement canoe races at Boomtown USA.
UNAM teammates cheer as Kati Cruz Ruiz (left) and Nohemi Monroy Ceja (center) paddle their concrete canoe to a heat victory during the cement canoe races at Boomtown USA.