Lydia Jacoby Bio, Wiki
Lydia Alice Jacoby is a seventeen-year-old Alaska high schooler who on Tuesday, Jue 27th won a gold medal in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke, knocking off teammate and defending Olympic champion Lilly King. Born and raised in Alaska, she burst onto the international competitive swimming scene in 2020 and 2021 with personal best times in the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke events that put her in the rankings with former Olympic gold medalists and world record holders in the events.
17-YEAR-OLD LYDIA JACOBY FROM ALASKA WINS THE GOLD IN THE WOMEN'S 100M BREASTSTROKE 😮
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 27, 2021
She was the first swimmer from Alaska to qualify for an Olympic Games, qualifying for the 2020 Summer Olympics in the 100-meter breaststroke when she was 17 years old.
Lydia Jacoby was born in Anchorage, Alaska and raised in Seward, Alaska. She started swimming when she was 6 years old with her local swim team, the Seward Tsunami Swim Club. By the time Jacoby was 12 years old she had broken her first Alaska state record in swimming.
She was born on February 29, 2004, and is currently 17 years old.
Jacoby attended Seward High School in Seward where she swam as part of the high school swim team setting high school state records for Alaska in the 100-yard breaststroke in 2018 and 2019. In 2020 she didn’t compete on the school swim team due to the COVID-19 pandemic, instead choosing to be home-schooled. Jacoby plans to return to Seward High School for her senior year in Autumn 2021.
At the end of the 2020 year, Jacoby committed to swimming in college for the University of Texas at Austin starting in the Fall of 2022. One of the college majors she expressed interest in at the time of committing to the University of Texas was fashion design.
Lydia Jacoby Background
Jacoby sang and played double bass as part of a bluegrass band named the Snow River String Band for six years performing at the Anchorage Folk Festival multiple times. In addition to bass and singing, Jacoby can play guitar and piano. She has also served on her high school paper as a columnist and appeared in Port City Players productions more than once.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Jacoby was out of the pool for two months and found other forms of staying active including skiing and running with ice cleats. Jacoby and her father made a makeshift weight rack in the garage during the pandemic so she could continue lifting weights as well.
When pools re-opened in Alaska the pool in Seward remained temporarily closed so Jacoby practiced at Service High School in Anchorage with the Northern Lights Swim Club. Her mother, Leslie Jacoby, helped with commuting to the pool and renting an apartment to make swim practices.