Jacoby tests negative after withdrawing from from FINA championships due to COVID-19 protocols

Lydia Jacoby of the United States waves after winning the final of the women's 100-meter...
Lydia Jacoby of the United States waves after winning the final of the women's 100-meter breaststroke at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)(Matthias Schrader | AP)
Published: Dec. 18, 2021 at 3:58 PM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Olympic gold medalist 17-year-old Lydia Jacoby of Seward was withdrawn from the FINA short course swimming championships in the United Arab Emirates due to COVID-19 protocols, NBC Sports reported.

Jacoby competed in the 4x50 medley relay with team USA on Dec. 18, earning a silver medal with a time of 1:43.61.

On Monday, Jacoby announced on her Instagram that she had tested negative for COVID-19 and was removed from competition due to being a close contact.

“Although I unfortunately did not get the chance to finish the meet, I’m proud to have once again represented Team USA, and even earned a spot on the podium with an amazing group of women. It certainly was not the week I’d planned, but now it’s time to reset, refocus, and start off 2022 strong,” Jacoby wrote.

Jacoby won an individual gold medal in the 100 breaststroke in Tokyo this summer and also swam for an Olympic silver medal in the 4x100 medley relay. Jacoby has a total of seven FINA and Olympic medals thus far in her career.

The international swimming federation (FINA) released a statement that seven participants had tested positive on Dec. 15 after testing positive for COVID-19.

“The competition and training venues used in the FINA competitions have implemented strict health and safety rules, including vaccination and PCR test requirements, health screenings, mandatory face mask use and rigorous sanitation measures. Safety remains our priority,” wrote FINA.

Jacoby recently finished her high school swimming career by winning her fifth individual state title and her second Most Outstanding Competitor award at the state swim meet at Bartlett High School in November.

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