Natalie swims with Diana Nyad to help Sandy victims

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Natalie Morales and Diana Nyad congratulate each other during a fundraiser to benefit Superstorm Sandy victims. Nyad planned to swim for 48 straight hours in the custom-made pool, located at New York's Herald Square.

Natalie Morales joined endurance swimmer Diana Nyad for part of her marathon Manhattan swim to benefit victims of Superstorm Sandy.

The two swam Wednesday in a giant, custom-made swimming pool placed in the middle of New York’s Herald Square for the "Swim for Relief" fundraiser. Nyad was in the middle of swimming for 48 straight hours to raise thousands of dollars for residents still struggling to recover from last year's East Coast storm.

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Natalie Morales and Diana Nyad take a break during Day 2 of "Swim for Relief" benefiting Superstorm Sandy victims.

“I was tired after a couple minutes and to think she was 27 hours into her swim,” Morales said Thursday on TODAY about her experience. “It was remarkable. Congrats to her.”

Nyad, 64, recently became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.

Natalie Morales preps for her swim.
Natalie Morales, left, swims alongside Diana Nyad.