Lydia Jacoby Keeps Youth in Perspective to Put Emotions Aside


Reported by James Sutherland.


  • World Record: Lilly King (USA) – 1:04.13 (2017)
  • American Record: Lilly King – 1:04.13 (2017)
  • US Open Record: Jessica Hardy (USA) – 1:04.45 (2009)
  • World Junior Record: Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) – 1:05.21 (2014)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Lilly King (USA) – 1:04.93
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Lilly King – 1:05.20
  • Wave I Cut: 1:10.99
  • Wave II Cut: 1:09.55
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 1:07.07
  1. Lilly King (ISC), 1:04.79
  2. Lydia Jacoby (STSC), 1:05.28
  3. Annie Lazor (MVN), 1:05.60

Lilly King jumped on it early and locked in her spot on a second U.S. Olympic team, roaring to victory in the women’s 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:04.79—just shy of her world-leading 1:04.72 from the semis and the fourth-fastest swim of her career.

Lydia Jacoby, the 17-year-old out of Alaska, becomes the state’s first Olympic swimmer in the second spot, lowering her 17-18 National Age Group Record from the semi-finals in the process.

Jacoby went 1:05.71 last night, and after turning fifth at the 50 in 30.94, made her way through the field to take second in 1:05.28, notably out-splitting everyone (including King) with a 34.34 back-half.

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Wave 1.5 Qualifier
1 year ago

I am enjoying the wave of (relatively) young swimmers punching their tickets to Tokyo, as we are getting fresh interviews. Their answers are not as rehearsed and calculated as that of a seasoned pro who may have spent years doing media appearances; instead their answers just seem more authentic and innocent.

Go Blue
1 year ago

She’s a queen

1 year ago

Congratulations on a fantastic performance!

Go Alaska!

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