(7-27-21) Seventeen-year-old Lydia Jacoby is Alaska’s first swimmer to make a Summer Olympics team. Jacoby, is a member of the Seward Tsunami Swim Club and the Seward HS team.
Last night she won the gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics women’s 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1.04.95, to beat Tatyana Schoenmaker from South Africa, and her Team USA teammate Lily King.
Jacoby will be a Senior this year at Seward High School. As a freshman for the Seward Seahawks, she set the Alaska high school state record in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:03.11. She lowered the record to 1:00.61 in her sophomore year (there was no meet her junior year because of COVID-19).
In her final year at Seward High School, Jacoby told the school newspaper SHS Today that she hopes to break the national high school record in the 100 SCY (short course yards) breaststroke. She will also focus on improving her 200 breaststroke and rounding off another event to swim in college.
“Seward High School has always been so supportive of what I am doing both academically and athletically. The staff always goes out of their way to make opportunities for me even in our small town. Also, I’ve grown up swimming in Seward so the same friends, coaches, and community have been with me all the way through my athletic career.”