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Doing laps for Sandy aid

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Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:52 am, Thu Oct 17, 2013.

A world-famous swimmer is putting her arms in action to raise money for Hurricane Sandy victims this week.

Diana Nyad, who made news when she completed a roughly 100-mile swim from Cuba to Key West, Fla. on Aug. 31, jumped into a 40-yard pool Tuesday morning in Herald Square. She is expected to continue swimming laps until Thursday morning.

During her swim, people are able to contribute to Sandy relief on the web at NYADSwimforRelief.com.

Nyad, a native New Yorker, was to be joined by fellow swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte, fitness celebrity Richard Simmons and a dog named Roscoe, who survived Sandy’s floodwaters by swimming to his own rescue.

“I finished the Cuba swim exactly five weeks ago today,” Nyad told the Huffington Post Monday. “Just enough time to recuperate, gain all my strength back. I’m feeling strong, motivated, and ready to step up for my fellow New Yorkers and New Jersey cousins who still need us.”

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