Lydia Jacoby is a competitive swimmer who represents the United States internationally. She is a 2021 Olympian in the 100 breast.
Lydia was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and raised in Seward, Alaska, where she started competing for the Seward Tsunami Swim Club at the age of 6. Jacoby achieved her first Alaska state title at the age of 12 and her first Olympic Trials cut at 14.
At the 2019 Jr National Championships, Jacoby won the 100 breast, marking her first Jr National title as well as qualifying her for the USA Jr National team.
Jacoby was ranked as #8 in SwimSwam’s Top 20 NCAA recruit ranks for the Class of 2022. On December 1, 2020, Jacoby committed to the University of Texas.
2021 Mission Viejo Pro Swim
In April, 2021, at the Mission Viejo Pro Swim, Jacoby put the swimming community on notice. Registering a 1:06.38 best time in the 100 breast, Jacoby took 2nd in the event behind world record holder Lilly King, notably topping King’s training partner Annie Lazor. That weekend, she also hit a 2:27.39 PB in the. 200 breast and a 2:29.38 PB in the 200 IM.
After the Pro Swim, Jacoby spoke with SwimSwam about growing up swimming in Alaska and her prep heading into the 2021 Olympic Trials on an episode of the SwimSwam Podcast, which you can watch here.
2021 Olympic Trials
Jacoby Made the final of the 100 breast in Omaha, recording a lifetime best of 1:05.71 in the semi-finals. In the final, Jacoby dropped even more time, touching 2nd at 1:05.28 to make her first Olympic team at age 18.
After making the Olympic team, Jacoby came back on the SwimSwam Podcast to discuss her experience at Trials and what USA Olympic Training camp was like. You can watch that episode here.
2020 Olympic Games
Jacoby started her first Olympic Games with a win. After moving through the prelims and semis, Jacoby did what she does best, using her 2nd 50 to move past Lilly King and Tatjana Schoenmaker to touch first and win Olympic gold.
Jacoby continued her meet in the finals of the mixed 400 medley relay, swimming a 1:05.09 on the breast leg even though her goggles fell off. The relay went on to place 5th.
Jacoby finished her meet in the 400 medley relay, splitting 1:05.03 to help Team USA finish 2nd, earning silver medal.