Long-Distance Swimming
9:43 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Cuba-To-Florida Swimmer's Feat Draws Skepticism

A Seattle open-water swimmer is questioning whether Diana Nyad really swam to Florida on her own.

Last week, 64-year-old Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. But Seattle swimmer Andrew Malinak looked at the GPS data on Nyad’s official website and, to him, her speeds did not look right.

Malinak is a geotechnical engineer in Seattle, and he’s one of many long-distance, open-water swimmers who are skeptical that Nyad really swam from Cuba to Florida last week without the aid of a boat.
 
Nyad says her speed picked up sharply because she got into a swift Gulf Stream current. Nyad’s spokesperson says the swimmer will meet with her skeptics Tuesday.

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