About three dozen people took a plunge to support a local team in Durham on Monday.
The plunge was free for everyone to participate in, but donations were being accepted for the Durham Dolphins Swim Club, which is a club for swimmers aged 4 to 18.
Stephanie Cockrell is the secretary for the swim club and said that Monday's event is also seen as a kick-off for the summer season. "I think my favorite part is it's just a really nice way to get our community together, kick off the new year. Even though it is off-season for the swimmers, it is a good event to get everybody out and together again, she said.
"It's just a fun thing to do and it shows that you got guts, and you're going to do your best in the next year," added Derina Bettencourt.
After getting out of the water, participants were treated to donuts and hot chocolate as a means to warm up.
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