Swimmer Diana Nyad To Speak At The Harris Center Jen Picard Wednesday, March 7, 2018 | Sacramento, CA Listen / download audio Update RequiredTo play audio, update browser or Flash plugin. Already known as one of the world’s best long-distance swimmers, Diana Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the aid of a shark cage in 2013. She was 64 years old. Nyad continues to inspire in and out of the water, working as a sports journalist and author. She has also spoken out about surviving sexual assault. Nyad will speak at the Harris Center in Folsom on Sunday, March 11.