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Rachel Bootsma
Position: Back/Fly/Free/IM
Height: 5'8"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Eden Prairie, Minn.
High School: Eden Prairie HS
Experience: High School

OLYMPIC/INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS

  • Earned a spot on the 2013 USA World Championships team and placed seventh in the 50-meter backstroke with a time of 28.05
  • Won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London by swimming in the prelims of the 400-meter relay. Also placed 11th in the 100-meter back
  • The 2011 Pan American gold medalist in the 100-meter back and the 400-medley relay
  • A member of the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships team, she won the bronze medal in the 50-meter back

NATIONAL SUCCESS

  • Set an American and U.S. Open record in the 50-meter back at the 2013 U.S. National Championships with a time of 27.68. In addition, finished fourth in the 100 back (59.90) and ninth in the 50 butterfly (26.90) at the meet
  • At the 2011 ConocoPhillips Nation Championships, finished second in the 100-meter back
  • Placed third in the 100-meter back at the 2010 ConocoPhillips National Championships
  • Became the first junior swimmer to break one minute in the 100-meter back when she won the event at the 2009 U.S. Open

2012 U.S OLYMPIC TRIALS

  • Qualified for the Olympic team with her runner-up finish in the 100-meter back (59.49)

CALIFORNIA SUCCESS

  • Entered the 2013-14 season ranked among Cal’s all-time top 10 in four events – 100-yard back (2nd, 50.13), 100 fly (7th, 51.68), 200 fly (7th, 1:54.92) and 200 IM (4th, 1:57.01)
  • Won the 100-yard back at the 2013 NCAA Championships, earning first-team All-American status with a time of 50.13. Also took second in the 100 fly (51.68) and sixth in the 200 fly (1:55.57) and was part of four relays that placed among the top 5
  • Captured the 100 back in 50.64 and the 200 fly in 1:54.97, in addition to finished second in the 100 fly (51.78), at the 2013 Pac-12 Championships. Also a member of Cal’s winning 400 free relay at the meet

HIGH SCHOOL/ CLUB SUCCESS

  • High school state champion in the 100-yard back in 2008, 2010 
  • High school national record-holder in the 100-yard back set in 2012
  • Athena Award Winner in 2012
  • USA Swimming's 2011 High School Swimmer of the Year 
  • 2010 Minnesota State High School Swimmer of the Year

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."
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