(NEWSER) – The fifth try was indeed the charm: Diana Nyad has completed her 35-year-old odyssey to become the first swimmer to cross the Florida Straits Cuba without a shark cage. She was in the water roughly 53 hours, reportsCNN. Nyad's team posted this message earlier on her website: "I am about to swim my last two miles in the ocean. This is a lifelong dream of mine and I'm very very glad to be with you..." "Diana is swimming strong after 43 hours non-stop," a member of her team said this morning. "The lights of Key West (are) growing brighter and brighter before us."