Seward Tsunami Swim Team, with Oly Champ Lydia Jacoby


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SwimSwam took a trip to the Great White North to visit Olympic champion, Lydia Jacoby, in his hometown of Seward, Alaska. If you haven’t seen our Day in the Life video with Lydia, watch it here.

It certainly wasn’t your usual practice + pancakes, but then again, Alaska is not your ordinary swimming destination. A more accurate description of the day might be Workout + Tacos + Playing with the Sea Lions. We started our day (after Lydia had already had the morning workout and the weights) at the Alaska SeaLife Center, where one trainers Seward Tsunami works as an animal trainer. There we were able to see (and in the case of the sea lions interact with) a handful of wildlife that they help care for and, in some cases, rehabilitate.

Lunch was at the Lone Chicharron Taqueria – would recommend. Then, after an afternoon coffee (not pictured), it was time for afternoon practice with the Seward Tsunami swim team, where coach Solomon D’Amico gave them 10 × 100 focusing on maximizing fluidity and power on the wall, followed by some skill and stint work.

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