Lydia Jacoby, of United States, swims in a mixed 4x100-meter medley relay final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Lydia Jacoby, of United States, swims in a mixed 4x100-meter medley relay final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Jacoby and Team USA finish 5th in mixed medley

Jacoby finished 0.14 seconds under Monday’s gold medal time of 1:04.95.

Seward swimmer Lydia Jacoby, the 17-year-old who earned a gold medal in the 100-meter breaststroke at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, finished with Team USA in fifth place in the 4×100-meter mixed medley relay on Friday night.

Great Britain struck gold, while China won silver and Australia finished with the bronze medal.

Jacoby raced second — the only woman to swim the breaststroke leg in that event — and upon her dive into the pool her goggles slipped down over her mouth, where they remained for the rest of her swim.

Although both her vision and her airway were obstructed, she finished 0.14 seconds under Monday’s gold medal time of 1:04.95. Her medley time was 1:05.09.

One of Jacoby’s coaches, Meghan O’Leary, said via text message that Friday’s race proved how much of a threat Jacoby is in the water.

“It’s not much slower than her gold medal time event without googles,” she texted. “That’s how much of a competitor she is. That didn’t even rattle her!”

Jacoby’s teammates were Ryan Murphy, Torri Huske and Caeleb Dressel, who all finished in the top four of their individual events at the Olympic games. Murphy’s time was 52.23 seconds; Huske’s was 56.27 seconds and Dressel’s was 46.99 seconds.

This is the first Olympics to have a mixed medley race, which O’Leary said makes the competition more strategic.

“It’s super exciting,” she said. “This is kind of history in the making as well, and she’s on the team.”

Reach reporter Camille Botello at camille.botello@peninsulaclarion.com.

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