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22nd Annual Penguin Swim in Ocean City

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Swimmer in Annual Penguin Swim in Ocean City (Photo: WBOC) Swimmer in Annual Penguin Swim in Ocean City (Photo: WBOC)

OCEAN CITY, Md. - For the 22nd straight year, hundreds in Ocean City, some in bathing suits, other in Halloween costumes, took a plunge into the Atlantic Ocean on New Years Day all in the name of a good cause.

The Annual Penguin Swim was held Friday afternoon at the Princess Royale Hotel in the beach town.  The goal of the event is to raise money for the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation.

The only change from 2015 to 2016 was the water temperature.  At the time of Friday's swim, the water was in the mid-50s.  While not quite bath water, still higher than normal for January 1.

"It's warmer than in normal years.  Some years it's like 40.  It has been a lot colder.  This may be one of the warmest years," said Jakob Knopp of Ocean City.

Once the swimmers got into the water, despite the higher temperature, many were immediately headed back to shore.  One of the highlights of the event are always the costumes and this year was no different.  From pirates, to minions, to Santa Claus and the Goonies, it looked like Halloween on the beach Friday afternoon.

The goal of this year's event was to raise just over $75,000 for the hospital foundation.  Swimmers said that while they loved coming out and enjoying themselves, the real purpose of the day is to raise money and help out.

"This hospital is very important to Ocean City and there's a lot that goes on here in the summer.  So, it's important to raise money for it and we're glad we're here," said Kelly Smith from Lutherville.

Penguin Swim told WBOC on Friday afternoon that they were very confident they would reach their fundraising goal.

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