Seward swimmer Lydia Jacoby likely headed to Olympics

A woman seen from the side cocmes up for air while doing the breathstroke
Seward’s Lydia Jacoby at the TYR Pro Meet this April in Mission Viejo, Calif. (Courtesy of Lydia Jacoby)

Seward swimmer Lydia Jacoby is likely headed to the Tokyo Olympics after finishing second Tuesday evening in the 100 meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska.

17-year-old Jacoby set a national age-group record Monday to reach the finals. In the finals, she bettered her record by almost half a second, finishing in a time of 1:05.28.

Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Lilly King won the event with a time of 1:04.79.

At the 50 meter turn in the finals, Jacoby was in fifth place, but made up ground in the final stretch.

The second place finisher in the finals is almost always assured an Olympic spot.

Jacoby has been part of the Seward Tsunami Swim Club since she was 6 years old.

The Olympics are scheduled to being July 23 in Tokyo, Japan.

Annie Feidt is the broadcast managing editor at Alaska Public Media. Reach her at Read more about Annie here

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