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Last year's concrete canoe team swept the nationals with an artistic entry.


Cal Poly’s concrete canoe team, which has won five national championships this decade, will compete on home turf this year as it pursues its second 3-peat -- back-to-back-to-back titles.

Cal Poly, which also holds the national record for points – 96.5, in 2010 – will host the Pacific Southwest Conference April 3-6. Display day and presentations will be held on campus, while a paddling race will be held at Nacimiento Lake in the North County.

Each year, some 200 colleges and university teams are challenged to design and produce a canoe made of concrete. Last year’s Cal Poly canoe was an art piece, with a theme honoring Vincent van Gogh, the post-impressionist painter, and some of his famous works, including “The Starry Night” and “Sunflowers.”

Cal Poly, which swept last year’s event, now has titles from 2010, 2011, 2012, 2017 and 2018.

The team recently cast its 2019 canoe and is expected to begin sanding and finishing toward the end of this quarter. The team has decided on a theme, but they have not yet publicly revealed it.

The finals will be held in Melbourne, FL, June 6-8.

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