Diana Nyad became the first person to swim the 110 miles from Cuba to Florida Monday in 52 hours, 54 minutes, and 18.6 seconds.
The swim was the 64-year-old’s fifth attempt to swim the route. She had previously failed to make the crossing after being attacked by jellyfish.
“This is a lifelong dream of mine and I’m very very glad to be with you,” Nyad said to her support team when she was just two miles away from the Florida coast. “So let’s get going so we can have a whopping party.”
Even President Barack Obama cheered Nyad on.
Congratulations to @DianaNyad. Never give up on your dreams.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 2, 2013