Jacoby wins silver, third Alaskan w/ 2 Summer Olympic medals

July 31, 2021

Lydia Jacoby

Seward swimmer Lydia Jacoby picked up her second Olympic medal of these Tokyo Games, winning a silver medal in a relay to go with the individual gold she claimed earlier this week.

Team USA turned to Jacoby for the women’s 4×100-meter medley relay, picking the 17-year-old Alaskan over a world-record holder for the finals in a move that paid off with the Americans winning a silver medal.

The breaststroke specialist was part of a Team USA squad that finished .13 of a second behind Australia and .87 ahead of Canada.

Jacoby was called on for the finals over Lilly King, who swam in the semifinals to help the Americans earn a No. 2 seed. Jacboy responded to the promotion by clocking the fastest breaststroke split of 1:05.03 among the medal winners.

By comparison, she posted 1:04.95 in her gold medal race and 1:05 flat in the mixed relay.

Jacoby’s two-medal haul was one of the ages as she became the third Alaskan to win two Olympic medals at the Summer Games, but the first to do it at the same Games.

Juneau’s Carlos Boozer won bronze in 2004 and gold in 2008 in men’s basketball. Eagle River’s Corey Cogdell won bronze in 2008 and 2016 in women’s trapshooting.

It was quite the week Jacoby, who has earned hall-of-fame status before graduating high school.

She’s a walking history book at this point:

First Alaskan to swim in the Olympics; first to win two medals at same Summer Games; fourth to win gold in Summer Olympics; third to win multiple Olympic medals.

Jacoby raced three times at the Tokyo Games.

In the breaststroke final, she was third at the turn and closed strong to pop a blistering time and win a gold medal.

She was picked for the inaugural Olympic mixed relay final as Team USA finished fifth place, missing out on a medal.

Jacoby’s race will be remembered for her goggles slipping but her performance should standout more as she avoided potential disaster to deliver a heck of a swim.

She finished with a bang in the medley relay as Team USA turned to Jacoby for the for the breaststroke leg in the finals.