Another day, another medal and another unofficial junior national record for swimmer Lydia Jacoby, the 17-year-old Olympic champion from Seward.
Jacoby placed second in Sunday’s 50-meter breaststroke at a FINA World Cup short-course swimming meet in Berlin, where she picked up a medal and an unofficial U.S. record for the second straight day.
Israel’s Anastasia Gorbenko won the gold with a time of 29.61 seconds. Jacoby took silver with a personal-best time of 30.04, and Kim Busch of the Netherlands claimed bronze in 30.43.
Jacoby’s time is faster than the previous unofficial record for Americans 18 or younger -- Lilly King’s 30.13 from 2014. King is a five-time Olympic medalist who won the 100-meter breaststroke at the 2016 Summer Olympics and took bronze in the race Jacoby won at the recent Tokyo Olympics.
On Saturday, Jacoby turned in a bronze-medal finish in the 100-meter breaststroke with an unofficial junior national record of 1:05.20.
The records are unofficial because American swimmers rarely swim short-course races measured in meters. Though such competitions are common in Europe, short-course races in the United States tend to be measured in yards.
As a result, USA Swimming keeps short-course records for races held in yards but not for those held in meters. To fill the void, swimswam.com started keeping track of the top American times in short-course meter races; the records are unofficial because they do not come from USA Swimming, the sport’s national governing body.