Lydia Jacoby on Being an Olympic Contender as a High Schooler

In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman Hodges and Gold Medal Mel Stewart, SwimSwam welcomes both the biggest names in swimming that you already know, and rising stars that you need to get to know, as we break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

We sat down with Lydia Jacoby, the 17-year-old who made headlines at the Pro Swim in Mission Viejo by becoming the #3 all-time US 17-18 in the 100 breast (1:06.38). We discussed her ascension to becoming an Olympic contender, something she’s certainly thought of but isn’t putting pressure on herself about. Jacoby also discusses life as a swimmer (and human) in Seward, Alaska where she lives and how that has helped build her championship mindset.


Music: Otis McDonald


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2 years ago

Get this girl training in a long course pool ASAP. I have a feeling she is going to get that second spot.

Smith, Jacoby, Curzan, and Huske in 4 years…that medley relay is going to be fast.

The Screaming Viking!
2 years ago

She is not wrong about Alaska Swimming feeling like one big team. Brings back good memories. All the feels…

Seward Tsunami Swim Club
2 years ago

Swim fast and have FUN!
Seward Tsunami Swim Club is so proud of you!

2 years ago

Great kid. Wish her the best.

2 years ago

Surprise medal In the 100 breast??? Any thoughts

Reply to  Swimfan
2 years ago


Mean Dean
2 years ago

Super excited. First ever Olympic contender from Alaska(?)

Reply to  Mean Dean
2 years ago

No Alaskan swimmer has ever made an Olympic team. We’ve got plenty of Winter Olympics medalists, though!

2 years ago

I heard she was lily kings biggest fan!

Ally A
Reply to  Bruh
2 years ago

I heard she looks up to Jessica Hardy more. Even wears her goggles!

2 years ago

She may have an edge on lazor, she has more speed.

Reply to  Hswimmer
2 years ago

Lazor is laser focussed on the 200

Reply to  Meeeeee
2 years ago

She outsplit king and lazor second 50 of 100.

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