For their first date, Stephanie Schulter and Halle Anne Bauer jumped into the Atlantic together in 17-degree weather.
It was Jan. 1, 2018, and they were participating in the New Year’s Day plunge hosted by the Coney Island Polar Bear Club. Ms. Schulter, a native of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, had been attending the event for years and invited Ms. Bauer to come along.
“I wanted to impress her,” Ms. Bauer, who grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, said. “I wanted to look like I was down for…
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