HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A dozen brave souls jumped into the icy waters of the YMCA outdoor swimming pool in Hendersonville.
The 10th Annual Frostbite Freeze was too tempting for some wanting to ring in the New Year with new challenges.
“Honestly, it’s a new year. Try new things. That’s why I did it,” said Andy Wolfertz, who swam a lap in the pool.
It was 18-year-old Matthew Kline’s first New Year’s Day swim. “I’ve got nothing else to do,” he said.
Kline told News 2 he hoped to swim two laps in the water, but only made it to the end of the Olympic-sized outdoor pool.
He said he was not disappointed. “No, I just wanted to get out of there.”
At the whistle, the water temperature was 44 degrees, a full 10 degrees warmer than it was poolside.
Gary Swing told News 2 he’s done a similar swim in the Rocky Mountains.
“It’s like needles all over your body,” Swing said. “Needles poking you and it takes your breath away. If you want your breath to be taken away without falling and hitting your tailbone, this is it right here.”