Lydia Jacoby has now added a women’s 4x100m medley relay silver medal to her 100m breaststroke Olympic gold. The US relay team came in only .13 seconds behind the Olympic record-setting Australia time of 3:51.60. The US 3:51.73 time also beat the previous record of 3:52.02, set in 2012 by the U.S. team.
19-year-old Regan Smith swam backstroke in the first leg of the race, with Jacoby swimming a 1:05.03 for the second leg, just .06 short of her mixed medley Friday time of 1:05.09, which she managed to clock after her goggles slipped from her eyes and covered her mouth for the entirety of that race.
18-year-old Torri Huske swam the butterfly leg, maintaining the American lead established by Smith and Jacoby. 24-year-old Abbey Weitzeil swam the freestyle anchor leg and kept the US in first until after the turn, when Australia’s Cate Campbell out-swam her by .38 seconds.