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UPDATED MARCH 26, 2014 - NEWS RELEASE FROM PITTSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY

PSU concrete bowling ball team finishes third at international competition

A team of Pittsburg State University students finished in the top three in the American Concrete Institute’s Concrete Bowling Ball international competition.

Construction management majors Lauren Bohannon, Storm Schnake and Blake Swaggerty finished third overall at the March 23 competition in Reno, Nev. They were the top-performing U.S. school, as teams from Mexico and Canada finished first and second, respectively.

The competition challenged teams to demonstrate the effect of fibers in reinforcing concrete. The performance category of the competition put the bowling balls through a mass test, diameter consistency test, bowling test, load test and toughness load test.

After six months of planning, experimenting and competing, the students said they were excited to perform well at the main event.

“It was certainly our goal to get to the international competition,” Swaggerty said. “We worked hard on this project, and to finish in the top three felt really good. We were up against some tough competition.”

The students advanced to the international competition after finishing first overall in regional competition in Kansas City last month.

Assistant Professor Seth O’Brien said he is proud of the way the students focused and competed against teams from across the U.S. and from five countries.

“It’s pretty impressive watching them buckle down and get to work,” he said. “These students didn’t take the competition lightly. They were there to win, and I’m very pleased with how well they performed.”

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ORIGINAL STORY FROM MARCH 4, 2014 - NEWS RELEASE FROM PITTSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY

PSU students earn spot in national concrete bowling ball contest

A group of Pittsburg State construction management majors is preparing for a national bowling competition in Reno, Nev.

But it has nothing to do with how well they can pick up a 7-10 split.

Lauren Bohannon, Storm Schnake and Blake Swaggerty will compete on March 23 in the American Concrete Institute’s Concrete Bowling Ball competition. The students advanced to nationals after finishing first overall in regional competition in Kansas City last month.

Pitt State’s second team, Daniel De Oliveira and Jeremy Messer, finished tied for second at regionals and have also been invited to compete in the national competition in Reno.

“It’s very exciting to get to compete nationally,” Swaggerty said. “We all worked hard on this project, and we’re proud of the way we competed at regionals. It will be cool to see how we do against teams from across the country.”

The competition challenges teams to demonstrate the effect of fibers in reinforcing concrete. The performance category of the competition put the bowling balls through a mass test, diameter consistency test, bowling test, load test and toughness load test.

“What they are looking for not only who can make the best concrete bowling ball,” assistant professor Seth O’Brien said. “They want to see that you can make a concrete ball that can withstand pressure. They want to test the quality of the creation.”

The presentation category requires each team to make a poster presentation about their project.

Prizes will be awarded in both the Performance and Presentation categories. First-place prize money in each category is $750. Second-place prize money in each category is $500. Third-place prize money in each category is $250.

For more information, visit http://www.concrete.org/Students/StudentCompetitions/FRCBowlingBallCompetition.aspx.

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