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 beat Olympic record holder Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa and her teammate Lilly King, who won the event at the 2016 Olympics.
Jacoby will compete in the women’s final on Tuesday in Tokyo — that’s Monday at 6:17 p.m. Alaska time.
At just 17, Jacoby has the world’s sixth-fastest time for the 100-meter breaststroke this year.