ISLAMORADA, FLA. (WSVN) - More than 400 swimmers plunged in the ocean for a special race in the Florida Keys.

Contestants from around the country on Saturday competed in Swim for Alligator Lighthouse, an 8-mile open water challenge.

The race is held to raise awareness for preserving the almost 150-year-old Alligator Reef Lighthouse.

The event also raises scholarship funds for students in the Keys interested in competitive swimming.

For the second year in a row, Tampa swimmer Connor Signorin won first place. He finished in 3 hours and 8 minutes.

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