The 19th Annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge kicked off today as “super plungers” took to the waters at Sandy Point State Park at 10am. Super plungers hit the icy waters 24 times in a 24 hour period. The charity event benefits Maryland’s children and adults with intellectual disabilities and has become a winter time tradition.
More than 1,200 men and women reported to the United States Naval Academy as the Class of 2018 started their summer of indoctrination. The incoming plebes (freshman) go through the induction process where they have their hair trimmed, uniforms issued, medical exams and begin to learn the basics of being in the Navy. The last step is when the young men and women take part in the Oath of Office ceremony at the end of the day.
Ten years ago, Hurricane Isabel caused havoc along the East Coast. The hurricane’s winds topped out at 165 miles per hour and clocked at 105 as the storm reached shore at the Outer Banks in North Carolina. The storm was the worst in 2003 in terms of its costly damage.
Christoph Strasser, of Austria, earned his 2nd Race Across America solo win Wednesday, reaching Annapolis in a record time of 7 days, 22 hours and 11 minutes. His average speed for the 2989-mile bicycle race from Oceanside, California, was 15.56 mph, besting the 27-year-old record set by Pete Penseyres.
In a test of physical and mental strength, plebes challenged themselves during Sea Trials Tuesday in a daunting 14-hour obstacle course that marks the end of their first year at the Naval Academy. The training exercise is modeled after the Crucible by the Marine Corps and the Navy’s Battle Stations recruit program and includes a wide array of activities from shore defense to Spartan relay, paintball, land navigation, hill assault and water tactics, according to the Naval Academy.
Photos taken by Baltimore Sun photographer Kim Hairston.