Diana Nyad fires back against questions over Cuba-Florida swim

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During a conference call with more than a dozen of her peers Tuesday, Nyad was adamant that her swim was by the book.

“I swam,” she said. “We made it, our team, from the rocks of Cuba to the beach of Florida, in squeaky clean, ethical fashion.”

She said she never held onto a boat or another person “for any kind of flotation or support.”

Her navigator, John Bartlett, described how the team picked up a current that had them moving nearly four miles an hour for several hours on the second day of the nearly 53-hour journey. That’s how and when her speed nearly doubled, he said.

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