INDIANAPOLIS – California’s Rachel Bootsma swam an American record in the 50-meter backstroke to edge Missy Franklin for the title and secure a spot on the U.S. World Championships’ team on Thursday at the U.S. National Championships and World Championship Trials. Alumna Dana Vollmer also won the 100-meter butterfly final to claim her own berth to worlds, which will take place in Barcelona later this summer.
The Golden Bears’ depth in the backstroke was evident at the Indiana University Natatorium, where Bootsma clocked a time of 27.68, which is also a U.S. Open record, Franklin – Cal’s incoming freshman – posted a time of 27.98 in second place and veteran Cindy Tran clocked a time of 28.88 to take sixth in the 50 back.
Vollmer – the 2012 Olympic gold medalist and world-record holder in the 100 butterfly – captured the 100 fly in Indianapolis with a time of 57.53, the third-fastest time in the world this year.
Cal alumna Caitlin Leverenz placed third in the 400-meter individual medley with a time of 4:40.47.
In Thursday’s A finals for the men, Cal’s Josh Prenot finished fourth (4:16.42) and Adam Hinshaw was seventh (4:19.41) in the 400 IM. In the 100 fly, Cal alum Tom Shields placed fifth (52.32), and incoming freshman Ryan Murphy finished fifth in the 50 back (25.04).
The meet ends on Saturday, June 29. The World Championships will run from July 28-Aug. 4 in Spain.