Tokyo 2020 U.S. Olympian Lydia Jacoby has been honored as the “Alaskan of the Week” in the United States Senate this week by Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan.
Since 2017, Sullivan has weekly (usually on Thursday afternoons) honored an Alaskan who has achieved something notable. According to a story on the feature on RollCall.com, Sullivan began the tradition in response to a parade of Senators bringing up citizens of their state who had died, with the opinion that it would be great to honor Alaskans while they were still around to hear it.
The weekly segment, which can be watched on C-Span, has a bit of a cult following inside the beltway, with the pleasant tone serving as a respite of emotion from the usual chaos and bickering of the Senate floor.
This week, Sullivan used the platform to honor a swimmer, Jacoby, who last week at the U.S. Olympic Trials became the first Alaskan to ever qualify for the Olympic Team in swimming. At just 17-years old, Jacoby finished 2nd in the 100 meter breaststroke behind Lilly King. That gives her at least one event, and likely two with the 400 medley relay prelims leg, to swim in Tokyo.
Watch below as Sullivan talks about Jacoby’s accomplishment.
The swimming portion of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will take place from July 24-August 1. Jacoby’s 100 breaststroke prelims will take place on July 25th (Tokyo time), with the semi-finals coming July 26th (Tokyo time) and finals on July 27th (Tokyo time). That means the finals, if she qualifies, will be in the evening on July 26th in US time, which is the afternoon on July 26th in Alaska.