July 7, 2009

Florida team wins submarine race

A submarine built by Florida Atlantic University students took top honors at the International Submarine Race in Maryland, school officials said.

The university's Talon 1, a one-person propeller-driven sub, reached a top speed of slightly more than 7 mph to make it the fastest sub in any category at the 21-team competition at the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center in Bethesda, The Miami Herald reported Tuesday.

The Florida team, which won $1,125 in prize money, competed against subs built by Texas A&M University, Virginia Tech and universities in Maine, Maryland, Washington and Michigan, as well as college teams from Canada, England and Venezuela.

Building a submarine takes a lot of dedication, said winning team captain George Valdes, an ocean-engineering student.

Judges graded the students on speed and their subs' ability to avoid crashing, popping to the surface or simply failing to move through the water, Valdes said of last month's race.