ORONO – University of Maine students created four-person teams for the school’s first “canoe battleship” competition.
The teams waded into the pool at the university’s recreation center Tuesday night, equipped with buckets and kick-boards to be used as shields.
The goal of the game was to sink the other team’s canoe by filling it with water.
“It’s in the pool, it’s fun, it’s water,” said student Anwesha Sil. “And then you have to push and pull the other person so it’s definitely going to be fun.”
The university bought canoes just for the showdown.
The students faced off – three teams in the pool at a time.
Before the battle, students talked strategy going into the competition.
“I just don’t want to be hit by a canoe and die,” one student said while laughing.
One team made up of student lifeguards did not want to give too much away. “Don’t get sunk and sink them – that’s all we tell reporters,” said one of the lifeguard team members.
Capsize after capsize narrowed the competition down to the winning team.
The winning team of the first round said their strategy was to stay relaxed. “We stayed very balanced,” said student Zachary Holman after his team stayed upright the longest in the first round. “A lot of teams were kind of panicking and losing control so we just wanted to keep calm.”
Event organizers said they want events like this to encourage people to get active and learn more about programs at the aquatic center.
“Hopefully that means that it will get more use – that more people will be using the pool,” said University of Maine’s Fitness and Aquatics Coordinator Adrianna Del Amo.
Students were just happy to blow off some steam in between school assignments.
“I’ve got two research papers due Thursday, so what better way to study?,” joked winning team member Patrick White.
University staff said they’re expecting to host another “canoe battleship” event, likely around Labor Day weekend.