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Rachel Bootsma
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Rachel Bootsma 1250921
Position: Back/Fly/Free/IM
Height: 5'8"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Eden Prairie, Minn.
High School: Eden Prairie HS
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies
Experience: 3 Letters

USA Swimming bio


  • Over the summer of 2015, earned a bronze medal in the 100m back at the World University Games in South Korea, finishing in 1:00.78; also picked up bronze for her role in the prelims for the 400m medley relay
  • Member of the U.S. squad for the 2015 World Championships in Russia (50m back) but did not compete due to an illness
  • Qualified for the U.S. teams for the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships in Australia and swam in three events – 100m back, 100m fly and 50m free
  • Earned a spot on the 2013 USA World Championships team and placed seventh in the 50m backstroke with a time of 28.05
  • Won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London by swimming in the prelims of the 400m relay; also placed 11th in the 100m back
  • The 2011 Pan American gold medalist in the 100m back and the 400-medley relay
  • A member of the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships team, she won the bronze medal in the 50m back


  • Won the 50m back at the U.S. National Championships for the second year in a row in 2014, finishing in 28.35; also took second in the 100 back (1:00.71)
  • Set an American and U.S. Open record in the 50 back at the 2013 national meet 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 100m back
  • Placed third in the 100m back at the 2010 ConocoPhillips National Championships
  • Became the first junior swimmer to break one minute in the 100m back when she won the event at the 2009 U.S. Open


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


  • A two-time NCAA champion in the 100y back, winning in both 2013 and 2015
  • Entered the 2015-16 season ranked among Cal’s all-time top 10 in four events – 100-yard back (2nd, 50.03), 100 fly (7th, 51.53), 200 fly (9th, 1:54.92) and 200 IM (8th, 1:57.01)
  • Received the Coaches' Award at the 2015 team banquet
  • A CSCAA Scholar All-American and two-time honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic selection
  • At the 2015 NCAA Championships, captured the 100 back in a PR 50.03, which was the No. 3 time in history; also a member of the winning 200 free relay, swimming the third leg, and the victorious 200 medley relay at the lead-off backstroker
  • In addition, led off the 400 medley relay that finished third; won the B final (9th overall) of the 100 fly (51.53)
  • Earn third third Pac-12 title in the 100 back in 2015 (50.84), while also taking third in the 100 fly (51.79) and fourth in the 200 fly (1:55.60); also member of the winning 200 medley relay and 200 free relay and runner-up 400 medley relay
  • Part of Cal’s 400 medley relay that placed fifth at the 2014 NCAA meet; individually, finished 11th in the 100 back (51.85)
  • Won the 100 back at the 2014 Pac-12 Championships (51.19); also reached finals in the 100 fly (3rd, 52.06) and 200 fly (3rd, 1:55.37); in addition, was a part of Cal’s 200 medley relay (2nd) and 400 medley relay (1st)
  • Claimed 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 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


  • Interdisciplinary studies 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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