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Nyad Passes Half-Way Mark In Manhattan Swim

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NEW YORK (CBSMIAMI/AP) – Record setting swimmer Diana Nyad has passed the halfway mark in her marathon Manhattan swim to benefit victims of Superstorm Sandy.

The 64-year-old started her 48-hour swim Tuesday morning in a 40-yard pool set up in Herald Square. Her aim is to raise money for people still struggling a year after Sandy.

As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nyad had been in the pool for more than 24 hours and had raised more than $56,500.

Last month, the native New Yorker became the first person confirmed to have swum from Havana to Key West without a shark cage.

She said one of her swimming companions in Manhattan will be a dog named Roscoe that survived Sandy’s floodwaters.

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