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2011 Solar Splash Competition

UNI hosted the 2011 Solar Splash World Championship of Intercollegiate Solar Boat Racing June 8 through 12 at George Wyth State Park in Cedar Falls.

The seven-student Solar Panthers team captured fourth place overall behind Ohio’s Cedarville University (first place), the University of New Orleans (second place) and Turkey’s Istanbul Technical University (third place).  Read the full story in This is UNI.

UNI Solar Panthers with their boat UNI Solar Panthers with their boat UNI Solar Panthers do a final check on their boat before a qualifying run
UNI Solar Panthers driver Hannah Loan coming in after a qualifying run Bringing the Solar Panthers boat back in after a qualifying run Team members and their boat from Dokuz Eylul University in Turkey
University of New Orleans races in the sprint qualifying heat Cedarville University races in the sprint qualifying heat Spectators watch the races during the sprint qualifying Sunday morning
UNI's Solar Panthers boat in the sprint qualifying heat The UNI Solar Panthers boat in the sprint finals UNI Solar Panthers boat, piloted by Hannah Loan, is off to a fast start in the sprint finals
Hannah Loan proudly flies the UNI Panthers flag as she heads to shore following the sprint finals Cedarville University prepares to charge their batteries for the afternoon events University of New Orleans boat flips after winning the sprint finals
The University of New Orleans driver swims back to check his boat after flipping it at the end of the sprint finals Two of the entries racing in the sprint finals Two of the competitors take off from the starting line in the sprint qualifying
Mexico's Tec de Monterrey entry in the sprint qualifying The boat from Dokuz Eylul University in Turkey in sprint qualifying One of the Solar Splash competitors
Two of the competitors take off from the starting line in the sprint qualifying The only high school entry, Orono, Minnesota, races down the course in the sprint qualifying The UNI Solar Panthers team