Jacoby at TYR Pro Swim Series

Seward High School Rising Senior Lydia Jacoby at the TYR Pro Swim Series in April. Now competing in the Olympic finals.

Seward’s own 17-year-old Olympian Lydia Jacoby took second in the 100M Breaststroke qualifying overnight in Tokyo and third in the semifinals this evening, advancing to the finals, to be held Monday evening at 6:17 p.m. AKDT.

Jacoby posted a 1:05.52 time and placed second to South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker in the preliminaries early this morning (Alaska time). Jacoby was 0.70 behind Schoenmaker.

Schoenmaker, who nudged out Lilly King’s 2016 1:05.74 Olympic record at the preliminaries with 1:04.82, won her semifinal round with a time of 1:05.07, with King placing second at 1.05.40. Jacoby’s winning semifinal heat time of 1:05.72 placed her third overall and a fraction of a second ahead of Sweden’s Sophie Hansson, whose 1:05.81 was the only other sub-1:06 finish in that race. Schoenmaker and King were also the only two in their semifinal matchup to finish under 1:06.

A public Olympic watch party will be held at the Dale R. Lindsey Railroad Terminal tomorrow beginning at 5:45 p.m. Due to the alarming spike in area COVID cases, masks are required for all attendees. Everyone is invited to cheer on Seward’s hometown Olympic hero as she seeks to bring home a gold medal.