In June 1993, students gathered in Sacramento, Calif., to find out who had the best-designed and fastest concrete canoe. They represented 20 universities that had claimed regional championships and been invited to take part in the Sixth Annual American Society of Engineers National Concrete Canoe Competition. The contestants competed not only for bragging rights to the best and fastest boat, but also for $9,000 in scholarships offered by competition sponsor Master Builders Inc.

The University of Alabama in Huntsville was proclaimed first place winner overall. Second place went to Michigan State University, while the University of California at Berkeley (a four-time national concrete canoe champion) placed third. Plaques also were presented to top finishers in the following individual categories: best finished canoe, best oral presentation, best canoe display, and best academic design paper.

As for the races, the University of Alabama in Huntsville won first in every event: men's distance, men's sprint, women's distance, women's sprint, and co-ed sprint.