Jacoby posts USA’s 2nd-fastest 100 breaststroke time for her age

November 14, 2020

Lydia Jacoby

Seward’s Lydia Jacoby made a huge splash at the U.S. Open Swimming Championships in San Antonio, Texas, where she popped a blistering time of 1:07.57 in the 100-meter breaststroke.

Jacoby now ranks No. 2 all-time among American girls 15-16 years old, only .52 seconds behind Megan Jendrick’s national record of 1:07.05 set in 2000.

The 16-year-old moved up four spots on the all-time list, bettering her previous PR of 1:08.12 set last year at the USA Swimming National Junior Championships.

Jacoby has been a member of the Seward Tsunami Swim Club for more than a decade is believed to be the only Alaskan at this weekend U.S. Open.

She finished second among 121 racers in the 100 breaststroke but earned the national title because the only swimmer to beat her was German citizen Anna Elendt, a 19-year-old star from the University of Texas who last year competed at the World Championships.

Jacoby, who has already qualified for the 2021 Olympics Trials, owns the Alaska state record and two state titles in the 100-yard breaststroke.