See larger After five attempts and 35 years, distance swimmer Diana Nyad, right, finally realized her dream of an open water swim across the Florida Straits from Cuba to Key West. Marco Islander Darlene Meadows was right beside her during the arduous crossing, paddling a kayak as part of the support team that accompanied Nyad, warding off sharks and keeping her on course and motivated. Submitted

After five attempts and 35 years, distance swimmer Diana Nyad, right, finally realized her dream of an open water swim across the Florida Straits from Cuba to Key West. Marco Islander Darlene Meadows was right beside her during the arduous crossing, paddling a kayak as part of the support team that accompanied Nyad, warding off sharks and keeping her on course and motivated. Submitted

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