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UE Concrete Canoe Team takes off for nationals

UE's 2013 Concrete Canoe team UE's 2013 Concrete Canoe team

A group of UE students and their concrete canoe are off to a national competition that will start on Thursday. 

It's the National Concrete Canoe Competition at the University of Illinois. The Evansville students named their canoe "Palus" after a surface feature of the moon, and it fits.

UE Concrete Canoe team member Jamie Johnson explains, "The idea of a golf ball and how it has dimples and is more aerodynamic. So we dimpled our canoe and from testing in the flumes, we determined that it would reduce our drag by 28 percent, as well as keep our canoe straighter as the paddlers are in it." 

The team placed first in the regional competition in April.

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