UNI Places Fourth in World Championship of Intercollegiate Solar Boat Racing

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa hosted the 2011 Solar Splash World Championship of Intercollegiate Solar Boat Racing for the first time, June 8 through June 12, at George Wyth State Park. This year's event was one of the largest, with 21 teams from four countries participating. 

After the four-day event, Cedarville University in Ohio was declared the new Collegiate World Champion of Solar Boat Racing. The University of New Orleans placed second, Istanbul Technical University of Turkey placed third and UNI placed fourth.

Reg Pecen, UNI professor of industrial technology and adviser to UNI's solar boat team, was pleased with this year's event. "Visiting team members as well as Solar Splash officials were very happy to have the competition in Iowa," said Pecan. "They were very impressed with the well-organized preparations."

Additional UNI awards include third place in the Solar Endurance category and Best Visual Display.

For more information, visit www.cns.uni.edu/eboat or contact Pecen at (319) 230-9331.