Woman, 88, set for 29th Penguin Plunge

Tensia Moriel Trejo of Del Mar holds a scrapbook of Penguin Plunge events. She’s missed just one of the New Year’s Day swim events at Del Mar Beach in the past 30 years. — Nelvin C. Cepeda

Tensia Moriel Trejo of Del Mar holds a scrapbook of Penguin Plunge events. She’s missed just one of the New Year’s Day swim events at Del Mar Beach in the past 30 years. — Nelvin C. Cepeda

Del Mar native has missed just one of the city’s annual New Year’s Day swims

By Pam Kragen | Dec. 29, 2015

DEL MAR — Thirty years ago, the very first Penguin Plunge at Del Mar Beach drew just a handful of hearty swimmers for a brisk morning dip in honor of New Year’s Day. Among those Penguin pioneers in 1986 was Tensia Moriel Trejo, who returns to take the plunge again Friday for her 29th time.

“I tease people that I go to get my water blessing at the start of the year,” said Trejo, a Del Mar native who celebrated her 88th birthday in September. “Coming here is part of my life. I’ve been hitting the water here from a very young age.”

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