YSU concrete canoe team takes second place in national competition

For the second time in program history, Youngstown State University’s Concrete Canoe team placed second overall at the national American Society of Civil Engineers’ annual Concrete Canoe Competition. YSU also finished second at the 2021 competition.

Back row (L-R): Bailey Brothag, Joe Remish, Evan Fink, Mike Sandora. Front row (L-R): Emily Honthy, Cassandra Snopik, Christine Zheng, Jersey Gorby, Alicia Lonsinger, Elizabeth Williams, Morgan Scott, Kayla Mathias.

Held June 10 -12 at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, the competition pitted a team of 12 YSU Engineering majors against 20 teams from other institutions such as the University of Texas at Tyler, University of Florida, University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of California-Berkeley.

In addition to finishing second overall, the Concrete Canoe team placed in the top five in seven of the eight events, taking first in the women’s slalom and final product prototype, second in the men’s sprint and the oral technical presentation and third in the women’s sprint.

During the competition, teams were responsible for creating a canoe display, weighing and measuring the canoe, presenting the canoe and finally, racing the canoe.

The Concrete Canoe members are Bailey Brothag, STEM First Year Engineering major, Youngstown, Ohio; Evan Fink, Engineering major, Strongsville, Ohio; Jersey Gorby, Civil Engineering major, Youngstown, Ohio; Emily Honthy, undecided, Youngstown, Ohio; Alicia Lonsinger, Civil Engineering major, Walhonding, Ohio; Kayla Mathias, STEM First Year Engineering major, Mercer, Pennsylvania; Joe Remish, Civil Engineering, Canfield, Ohio; Michael Sandora, Electrical Engineering major, New Castle, Pennsylvania; Morgan Scott, Civil Engineering major, Hiram, Ohio; Cassandra Snopik, Business Administration major, Mount Gilead, Ohio; Elizabeth Williams, Industrial and Systems Engineering major, Brunswick, Ohio; and Christine Zheng, STEM First Year Engineering major, Youngstown, Ohio.

Anwarul Islam, professor of Civil Engineering, is the faculty advisor for the Concrete Canoe team.