Jacoby makes statement with historic 100 breaststroke swim

April 10, 2021

Lydia Jacoby

Seward swimmer Lydia Jacoby turned heads after turning in a historic time in the 100-meter breaststroke at a major meet in Mission Viejo, California.

The 17-year-old placed second in a field featuring professional swimmers, finishing behind only world-record holder Lilly King of Indiana.

Jacoby clocked a time of 1:06.38 to lower her personal best by 1.17 seconds and now ranks second in the country this year.

Jacoby is looking to become the first Alaskan to swim in the Olympics. She has already qualified for the Olympic Trials, where the top two finishers in each event punch tickets to the Summer Games.

Her time ranks No. 5 all-time in 17-to-18 age group history.

Jacoby made headlines last November at the U.S. Open, where she posted the second-fastest 15-16 performer all-time at 1:07.57.

Her time of 1:06.38 set over the weekend in California ranks No. 6 in the world this season.

Jacoby, a star of the high school Class of 2022, has committed to the University of Texas.