2 on 2: How the support of her home state motivates Lydia Jacoby to swim faster

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - When you think of swimming, Alaska isn't necessarily what comes to mind, but 15-year-old Seward swimmer Lydia Jacoby is putting Alaska swimming on the map, one race at a time.

Jacoby qualified for the 2020 Olympic Trials last year and has continued to take the swimming world by storm, breaking more records over the summer. Still, she continues to put it all in perspective.

“It's not a lot of pressure or whatever,"Jacoby said, "but also you have to, like, think about how to compose yourself and stuff so you don't make Alaska swimming look stupid."

For her, it's not about all the outside noise. It's just her and the pool.

“I just think about my race and keep going towards my next goals," she said. "And, it sounds selfish, but I just kinda think about myself. That way, I feel like I can keep going."

Her drive isn't the only thing that keeps her going. The love she receives from the community of Alaska as a whole does, too.

“There's a lot of support all around Alaska, and I know that everybody is really excited for me," she said, "and I'm excited that I get to represent Alaska at a lot of places."

With that in mind, Jacboy knows she can keep setting higher goals, in part because she's achieved some of them already.

The 2020 Olympic Trials will take place June 21st through 28th in Omaha, Nebraska.

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