Lydia Jacoby Rips 1:04.95 For 100 Breast Gold and New U.S. NAG

2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES

The women’s 100m breaststroke race tonight saw 17-year-old Lydia Jacoby storm to the wall first to grab the gold, clocking a massive personal best of 1:04.95 in the process.

Despite South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker having been faster in the earlier rounds, producing a new Olympic Record of 1:04.82, it was the United States Jacoby who put up the monster swim when it counted to beat Schoenmaker and teammate Lilly King. Schoenmaker hit the wall in 1:05.22 while King rounded out the top 3 in 1:05.54.

For Jacoby, the teen’s 1:04.95 eradicates the previous United States National Age Group Record of 1:05.28, a time she held herself from her performance just last month at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Splits for that previous race included 30.94/34.34 while tonight the Alaskan opened in 30.74 and brought it home in 34.21.

With her gold medal-worthy performance, Jacoby now lands herself on the list of exclusive sub-1:05 swimmers, ranking as the 7th fastest performer in history at just 17 years of age.

All-Time Top Women’s LCM 100 Breaststroke Performers

1. Lilly King (USA) – 1:04.13, 2017
2. Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) – 1:04.35, 2013
3. Yuliya Efimova (RUS) – 1:04.36, 2017
4. Jessica Hardy (USA) – 1:04.45, 2009
5. Tatjana Schoenmaker (RSA) – 1:04.82, 2021
6. Rebecca Soni (USA) – 1:04.84, 2009
7. Lydia Jacoby (USA) – 1:04.95, 2021

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The Kraken
1 month ago

Damn let’s goooooo

Swimmerj
1 month ago

What a swim. Huge congratulations to her❤️🇺🇸

Alex13
1 month ago

Congrats Lydia !!!! <3

SCCOACH
1 month ago

Will they give Jacoby the relay spot?

Tomek
Reply to  SCCOACH
1 month ago

I would like her to see her swim in prelims and see how she will do, King’s relay swims were usually a bit slower compared to her flat starts

Last edited 1 month ago by Tomek
The White Whale
Reply to  SCCOACH
1 month ago

How do you deny the individual gold medalist the relay spot?

Ytho
Reply to  The White Whale
1 month ago

Tho I wouldnt deny her, I guess the reason could be that she has less experience in relays (exchanhes etc..)

anonymous
Reply to  Ytho
1 month ago

They practice it at camp

Meow
Reply to  anonymous
1 month ago

She was going to swim the relay either in prelims or finals so I’m sure they practiced it. Plus the relay’s not until Saturday, they could practice some more.

The White Whale
Reply to  Ytho
1 month ago

That would be the given reason and it would be tantamount to a slap in the face. Not gonna happen.

swimfan95
Reply to  SCCOACH
1 month ago

they usually get whoever finishes higher in the 100 stroke to swim the final and the 2nd person usually swims the prelims so that both swimmers get a medal (providing a disaster in the prelim doesn’t happen – i.e dsq)

LBSWIM
Reply to  swimfan95
1 month ago

If King goes 1:03 in prelims, I think that kind of swim May put her in the finals too. But that’s a big IF.

Troyy
Reply to  LBSWIM
1 month ago

She couldn’t even do that when she went 1:04.1 in 2017 let alone when she’s swimming 1:05+.

Henry
Reply to  SCCOACH
1 month ago

Pretty sure winning the individual final earns her the right to compete in the medley relay.

Smith-Jacoby-Huske-Weitzeil
Reply to  SCCOACH
1 month ago

You would hope so!

Smith (19)-Jacoby (17)-Huske (18)-Weitzeil (24)

Smith-Jacoby-Huske-Weitzeil
Reply to  SCCOACH
1 month ago

Speaking of the women’s 4 x 100 meter medley relay, don’t be surprised if Douglass swims the butterfly leg in the heats.

JVW
Reply to  SCCOACH
1 month ago

The interesting twist here is the existence of the mixed medley too. The schedule is mixed medley prelims on Thursday evening, men’s and women’s medley prelims on Friday evening, mixed final Saturday morning, and men’s and women’s medley finals on Sunday morning. So here’s how I see Team USA going:

Mixed prelim: Murphy, Andrew, Huske, Weitzel

Women’s prelim: White, King, Curzan, Brown
Men’s prelim: Armstrong, Wilson, Shields, Becker

Mixed final: Smith, Jacoby, Dressel, Apple

Women’s final: Smith, Jacoby, Huske, Weitzel
Men’s final: Murphy, Andrew, Dressel, Apple

The above assumes that Caeleb Dressel beats Tom Shields in the 100 fly, and Abby Weitzel beats Erika Brown in the 100 free.

Swimfan
Reply to  JVW
1 month ago

You would put brown in over Manuel (brown was 54 on the 4×100) we read Manuel went 52.67.

JVW
Reply to  Swimfan
1 month ago

I think you have to reward the swimmer who took second at the trials. If Erika Brown has a dismal individual 100 free — say she only goes 54.4 and fails to advance to the semi-finals, then there’s an argument that Simone (or, perhaps more deservingly, Natalie Hinds) ought to get that spot. But if Erika Brown repeats the 53.5 that she did in the Olympic Trials then I think she gets the relay prelim swim.

JVW
Reply to  Swimfan
1 month ago

By the way, your split for Simone is wrong. The official results have her going 52.96 (Abbey Weitzeil went 52.68). Simone also had a remarkably slow reaction time for a relay start (.37), and considering that we lost to Canada by only .03 that start probably cost Team USA the silver medal when Penny Oleksiak caught her at the very end.

Seeger33
Reply to  JVW
1 month ago

Had nothing to do with the :54 lead off.
SMH

JVW
Reply to  Seeger33
1 month ago

Don’t put words into my mouth. There were a dozen things that happened in the race to cause the U.S. to slip to bronze. Brown’s lead-off and Manuel’s slow start were two of them.

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  SCCOACH
1 month ago

100%

Swammer22
Reply to  SCCOACH
1 month ago

Jacoby earned with her swim, but does she have enough experience with relay starts?

CY~
1 month ago

where’s Smith-King-Huske-Manuel now?

Smith-Jacoby-Huske-Weitzeil
Reply to  CY~
1 month ago

Right here with a new moniker.

Congratulations Lydia Jacoby!

JVW
Reply to  CY~
1 month ago

It would have to be Abbey Weitzeil on the free. She had a faster split on the free relay than Simone did.

It will be interesting to see if Simone gets to swim on the prelims of either the mixed medley or the women’s medley. I would think that Erika Brown probably deserves another chance, unless she has a really horrible individual 100 free.

Last edited 1 month ago by JVW
Texas Tap Water
Reply to  CY~
1 month ago

HIDING

Washed up
1 month ago

Called it after trials on swimswam. Better start and turn and she wins gold. Look it up! Oh and with old school breast stroke from the 80s. Nice,

LBSWIM
Reply to  Washed up
1 month ago

Hahaha. I like how you think anyone would actually go look it up. 😉

Washed up
Reply to  LBSWIM
1 month ago

😉

Smith-Jacoby-Huske-Weitzeil
Reply to  Washed up
1 month ago

Too lazy to look it up.

Summer Olympics
2016 – King (G), Meili (B)
2021 – Jacoby (G), King (B)

You could say there is a new “King” of women’s breaststroke.

Seward Tsunami Swim Club
1 month ago

JACOBY!!!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Alaska Girl burning up the World🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
USA❤️🤍💙❤️🤍💙

Jake From State Farm
1 month ago

Has anyone checked on Rowdy Gaines lately to make sure he is all right. His GOATs (Ledecky and King) are getting gutted.

Smith-Jacoby-Huske-Weitzeil
Reply to  Jake From State Farm
1 month ago

Lilly King was served a huge slice of humble pie. Better luck in the women’s 200 meter breaststroke. Oh wait, there is Annie Lazor. I anticipate more humble pie on its way to Lilly King.

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Jake From State Farm
1 month ago

Meh.

Serves him right.

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