Diana Nyad made history today as the first person to swim from Florida to Cuba without the aid of a shark cage. The openly lesbian swimmer spent 52 hours, 54 minutes and 18.6 seconds in the water to reach the island. It was her fifth attempt to swim the 110-mile Florida Strait without protection.
“This is a lifelong dream of mine and I’m very very glad to be with you,” tweeted Nyad, 64. “So let’s get going so we can have a whopping party.”
Among those offering their praise was President Obama, who tweeted, ’Congratulations to @DianaNyad. Never give up on your dreams.” In the 1970s, Nyad swam the perimeter of Manhattan and from the Bahamas to Flrodia.