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  Rachel Bootsma
Rachel Bootsma

Player Profile
Class:
Freshman

Hometown:
Eden Prairie, Minn.

High School:
Eden Prairie HS

Height:
5-8

Event:
Back/Fly/Free/IM

Birthdate:
12/15/1993

Experience:
HS

05/20/2013

Q&A With Rachel Bootsma

U.S. Olympian Discusses Her Freshman Year, Life in Berkeley and Her Summer Plans

04/11/2013

McKeever, Pelton Sweep Pac-12 Awards

The Pac-12 Honors Coach of the Year McKeever and Swimmer/Freshman of the Year Pelton

03/23/2013

Cal Takes Second at NCAA Championships

Pelton Wins the 200 Backstroke and Claims the Swimmer of the Meet Award

03/22/2013

Rachel Bootsma Wins 100 Back at NCAAs

Tran Takes Fifth in the 100 Back as the Bears Improve to Second Place

03/21/2013

Leverenz Repeats as NCAA 200-IM Champ

Senior Edges Freshman Teammate Pelton, as Bears End Night in Fourth Place

OLYMPIC/INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS
• One of Cal's two current members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, she won a gold medal after swimming in the prelim of the 400-meter medley relay and placed 11th in the 100-meter backstroke
• 2011 Pan American gold medalist in the 100-meter backstroke and the 400-medley relay
• A member of the 2010 Pan Pacific championship team, she won the bronze medal in the 50-meter backstroke
• In the 2011 ConocoPhillips Nation Championships, finished second in the 100-meter backstroke
• Finished third in the 100-meter backstroke in the 2010 ConocoPhillips national Championships
• At the 2009 U.S. Open, finished first in the 100-meter backstroke, making her the first junior swimmer to break one minute in the 100-meter backstroke

2012 U.S OLYMPIC TRIALS
• In finishing second in the 100-meter backstroke (54.49) in the 2012 Olympic Trials, she defeated her childhood idol, Natalie Coughlin, who finished third

HIGH SCHOOL/ CLUB SUCCESS
• High school state champion in the 100-yard backstroke in 2008, 2010
• High school national record-holder in the 100-yard backstroke set in 2012
• Athena Award Winner 2012
• USA Swimming's 2011 High School Swimmer of the Year
• 2010 Minnesota State High School Swimmer of the Year
• Personal record in the 100-yeard backstroke is 50.76

PERSONAL
• Undeclared Major
• Enjoys relaxing, baking, shopping and hanging out with friends
• Parents are Jan and Robert Bootsma... her sister Katie swims for Miami University in Ohio
• Grandfather Don Rasmusson attended Cal
• Best sports moment was after she made the 2012 Olympic Team: "seeing my sister immediately after my race and seeing tears of joy and her huge smile was the best moment of my life."


Cal Bears Women's Swimming & Diving