Jacoby shared stories of her rise to the top with some of Sitka’s youngest swimmers in a one-hour pool session on Friday, Jan. 28.
Lydia Jacoby is headed back to 12th grade and another year of swimming for Seward High School.
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.
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.
The first lady stopped in Anchorage en route to Tokyo, where she will be leading the U.S. delegation in the Olympic Games.