Nyad ends NY swim, raises $103K for Sandy victims

Andrew Murphy

U.S. long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad, 64, who completed her swim from Cuba to Key West, Florida, yesterday, speaks at a news conference on Stock Island, September 3, 2013. Nyad, who swam 110 miles (177 km) from Cuba to Florida, vowed on Tuesday to raise money for hurricane, bombing and tornado victims with endurance swims in a pool, saying, "I am through with the ocean." REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT SWIMMING) Photo: Image by REUTERS

Nyad ends NY swim, raises $103K for Sandy victims

CREATED Oct. 10, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) - Spectators whooped and cheered as endurance swimmer Diana Nyad ended her 48-hour swim in Manhattan to benefit victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Nyad came out of the pool at 8:48 a.m. Thursday after raising a little more than $103,000.

She said it was tougher than she had imagined. Her words were drowned out by the cheering crowd.

Nyad started the marathon swim Tuesday morning in a 40-yard pool set up in Herald Square. Her aim was to raise money for people still struggling a year after Sandy.

Last month, the 64-year-old New York native became the first person confirmed to have swum from Havana to Key West, Fla., without a shark cage.

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