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Smarty pants young professionals get wet and wild — all in the name of being float champions

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14 Jessica Supinski, left,  and Christine Merrill  at Anything That Floats 2014
Jessica Supinski, left, and Christine Merrill. Courtesy photo
16 Mark Danna, left, and Mark Smith at Anything That Floats 2014
Mark Danna, left, and Mark Smith. Courtesy photo
15 Alan Bunker, from left, Mary Beth Woiccak, Allyn West, Sean Cowan, Kansas Sartin, Emily Winters, Leanna Gatlin, and Chris Hill at Anything That Floats 2014
Alan Bunker, from left, Mary Beth Woiccak, Allyn West, Sean Cowan, Kansas Sartin, Emily Winters, Leanna Gatlin and Chris Hill. Courtesy photo
9 Alan Bunker, from left and Chris Hill in a canoe and Jason Slater and Trevor Best at Anything That Floats 2014
Alan Bunker, from left, and Chris Hill in a canoe and Jason Slater and Trevor Best. Courtesy photo
7 Jason Golzbein, from left, Justin Smith, Keerthana Udumula and Janna Stover at Anything That Floats 2014
Jason Golzbein, from left, Justin Smith, Keerthana Udumula and Janna Stover. Courtesy photo
6 Chris Hill and Leanna Gatlinat at Anything That Floats 2014
Chris Hill and Leanna Gatlin. Courtesy photo
1 Nathan McGraw, from left,  Jennifer Vu, Joshua Avalos and Oscar Valdez at Anything That Floats 2014
Nathan McGraw, from left, Jennifer Vu, Joshua Avalos and Oscar Valdez. Courtesy photo
4 Dylan Sims, from left, Sean Carney, Michael Digman and Omar Garcia at Anything That Floats 2014
Dylan Sims, from left, Sean Carney, Michael Digman and Omar Garcia. Courtesy photo
14 Jessica Supinski, left,  and Christine Merrill  at Anything That Floats 2014
16 Mark Danna, left, and Mark Smith at Anything That Floats 2014
15 Alan Bunker, from left, Mary Beth Woiccak, Allyn West, Sean Cowan, Kansas Sartin, Emily Winters, Leanna Gatlin, and Chris Hill at Anything That Floats 2014
9 Alan Bunker, from left and Chris Hill in a canoe and Jason Slater and Trevor Best at Anything That Floats 2014
7 Jason Golzbein, from left, Justin Smith, Keerthana Udumula and Janna Stover at Anything That Floats 2014
6 Chris Hill and Leanna Gatlinat at Anything That Floats 2014
1 Nathan McGraw, from left,  Jennifer Vu, Joshua Avalos and Oscar Valdez at Anything That Floats 2014
4 Dylan Sims, from left, Sean Carney, Michael Digman and Omar Garcia at Anything That Floats 2014

What: Rice Design Alliance's "Anything That Floats" Competition.

Where: Sesquicentennial Park.

The 411: With flowing ingenuity, much elbow grease and a little good luck, young professionals attempted to defy the laws of gravity as the sink and swim "Anything That Floats" competition flooded Buffalo Bayou with teams trying to keep their heads above water — literally. Using building materials donated by Gilbane and D.E. Harvey Builders, it was up to each of the seven teams to glue, hammer, screw and tape a makeshift keel out of plywood, PVC pipes, pipe insulation, vapor barrier sheets, five-gallon buckets and plastic gallon jugs.

The rules are simple: Whoever stays afloat the longest wins. Judges Katherine Whaley of KHOU, Rice Design Alliance board member Carrie Glassman Shoemake of Glassman Shoemake Maldonado Architects and Matt Baumgarten of the SWA Group had the fun task of naming the winners and awarding bonus points — think extra seconds on the clock — for those who crafted a working sail or used three or fewer materials.

With a total time of one minute and 18 seconds, four-time competition vets and smarty pants Mark Smith and Mark Danna emerged victorious.

Who: Nathan McGraw, Jennifer Vu, Joshua Avalos, Oscar Valdez, Dylan Sims, Sean Carney, Michael Digman, Omar Garcia,  Leanna Gatlin, Kiel Hockett, Kevin Vega, Alan Bunker, Mary Beth Woiccak, Allyn West, Sean Cowan, Kansas Sartin, Emily Winters and event chair Chris Hill.

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