All of Seward is celebrating after 17-year-old Lydia Jacoby won the Olympic gold medal in Monday night's 100-meter breast stroke at the Tokyo Olympics.
A watch party at the cruise ship terminal drew crowds waiting to see Seward High School Senior Lydia swim, and they went wild as she pulled out a gold medal performance!
Read more from the Seward Journal below.
Seward’s Lydia Jacoby took the gold in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:04.95 beating out both teammate Lilly King and South African Tatiana Schoenmaker. King was the 2016 gold medalist in the event.
Jacoby wasn’t as fast off the blocks as either King or Schoenmaker but made up the difference making the turn head-to-head with both King and Schoenmaker. Jacoby fell behind coming off the turn, but in her traditional fashion of finishing strong, made up the difference to reach the finish just before Schoenmaker moving ahead just meters from the wall.
Seward is so proud of Lydia, who is the first Alaskan swimmer to compete in the games!
“A lot of big-name swimmers come from big, powerhouse clubs,” Lydia told the Washington Post “and I think that me coming from a small club, and a state with such a small population, really shows everyone that you can do it no matter where you’re from.”
And we're so grateful for our small community that showed so much support and excitement for Lydia! Just look how crazy the watch party was!