Lydia Jacoby’s Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay Olympic team placed fifth at the finals with a time of 3:40:58. New to the Olympics this year, the event sees teams of two men and two women competing in four swimming styles. Jacoby swam the breaststroke leg, second in the lineup that began with Ryan Murphy in the backstroke leg, Torri Huske swimming the butterfly in the third leg, and Caeleb Dressel anchoring the team in the 100m freestyle leg. Though Jacoby’s goggles went askew as she entered the water, the 17-year-old gold medalist still managed a 1:05.09 for her leg of the race, just .14 of a second shy of her gold time.
Favored Great Britain took the gold medal in the relay with a time of 3:37.58. China clocked in just over a second later with 3:38.86, and Australia took bronze with 3:38.95. Italy came in fourth at 3:39.28.
On July 29, Jacoby was interviewed on an episode of NBC Nightly News: Kids Edition, which can be seen here: nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news-kids-edition-july-29-2021-117594693946