Jacoby won gold in the 100-meter breaststroke in the Summer Olympics this year, though that was in a 50-meter pool. World Cup races are in 25-meter pools.
Lydia Jacoby is headed back to 12th grade and another year of swimming for Seward High School.
Jacoby’s father says he knew his daughter had the training to be able to win, and her mind was in the right place.
Megan O’Leary, who coached Jacoby in Seward, said Jacoby had her eyes on the gold before she jumped in the pool. “She texted me before her race and she said, ‘I want it,'” she said. “And I was like, ‘Then you got it.’”
Jacoby will compete in the women’s final on Tuesday in Tokyo — that’s Monday at 6:17 p.m. Alaska time.
Fans of Seward swimmer Lydia Jacoby and Eagle River rugby player Alev Kelter they may have to stay up late — or get up very early — to catch the action live.