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Seward’s Lydia Jacoby qualifies for Olympic 100m breaststroke finals

Lydia Jacoby of the United States swims in a heat during the women's 100-meter breaststroke at...
Lydia Jacoby of the United States swims in a heat during the women's 100-meter breaststroke at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)(Matthias Schrader | AP)
Published: Jul. 25, 2021 at 6:01 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Seward’s Lydia Jacoby continued her incredible Olympic journey advancing to the 100-meter breaststroke finals on Monday in Tokyo. Jacoby completed the first semifinal heat in 1 minute, 5.72 seconds finishing in first place. The Seward teen will contend for a medal on Monday night at 6:17 p.m. AKST.

Jacoby got off to an impressive start at the summer games and finished second in the preliminary races with a time of 1 minute, 5.52 seconds. Finishing first in the heat was South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker, who set an Olympic record with a time of 1 minute, 4.82 seconds. Jacoby edged 2016 breaststroke gold medalist and world record holder, Lilly King, by .03 seconds.

Jacoby’s hometown of Seward will wold a watch party at the Dale R. Lindsey Railroad terminal for her finals race at 6:17 p.m. AKST. Anyone attending the watch party is encouraged to wear a mask.

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