Lydia Jacoby is an 18-year-old Olympic gold and silver medalist swimmer from Seward, Alaska. Jacoby shook up the sports world on July 26, 2021, when she staged a thrilling finish to win gold in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke at the Tokyo Olympics. She later rounded out her Olympic meet in the 400-medley relay, splitting 1:05.03 to help Team USA finish 2nd, earning a silver medal to wrap up her Olympic debut. Jacoby started competing at the age of six, where she achieved her first Alaska state title at the age of 12 and her first Olympic Trials cut at 14. At the 2019 Junior National Championships, Jacoby won the 100- meter breaststroke, marking her first Junior National title as well as qualifying her for the USA Junior National team. Lydia made history as the first Olympic swimmer and to be born in Alaska as well as the first summer Olympian from Alaska to win two medals at a single Olympics. Jacoby currently holds 19 Alaska LSC Records, all in breaststroke, and currently attends the University of Texas, where she is swimming for the Longhorns and pursuing a degree in Textiles and Apparel.
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