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Critics question GPS data in Nyad’s swim

by GPS4US 2013-09-09 15:47

Last week, Diana Nyad swam 110 miles from Cuba to Florida.

But a bit of controversy has plagued the amazing accomplishment. Some of Nyad’s fellow long-distance swimmers crunched the GPS information kept on her accompanying boat. They say things don’t add up.

Nyad averaged about 1.5 miles per hour over the course of her swim. However, a stretch where she went about 3 mph for an extended period has some wondering if she was assisted by her boat or if she was in the boat altogether.

Nyad’s camp insists the swimmer stayed in the water for the entire 53-mile trek, and the boost in speed was caused by a favorable current. She became the first person to complete the swim without a shark cage.

"At some points we were doing almost 4 miles an hour," her navigator, John Bartlett, told the Associated Press. "That's just the way it works. If the current is in your favor at all, that explains it."

The Associated Press spoke to an independent oceanographer who examined Nyad’s route and insisted she picked the perfect current for the swim.

At the heart of the controversy is GPS information that suggests that, over a seven-hour stretch, Nyad didn’t stop to eat or drink. Further, the GPS shows that her spike in speed came roughly 27 hours into her swim.

No matter, Nyad’s accomplishment is impressive. And, though you may not want to swim from Cuba to Florida, we do offer a wide array of swimming GPS devices that will improve your performance in the pool. 

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