Race Video: Rachel Bootsma Faces Adversity with Racing Outdoors in the Women’s 50 m Back

  5 Gisselle Kohoyda | August 11th, 2014 | National, News

Rachel Bootsma hugged the lane line the whole race but ended up taking the A final with a time of 28.35. Cheyenne Coffman took second and Oliva Smoliga took third.

Clara Smiddy took the B final with a time of 28.95 as Madison Kennedy took second with a time of 29.15.

Taylor Garcia took the C final with a time of  29.35.

A Final: Rachel Bootsma, Cal, 28.35, Lane 4

B Final: Clara Smiddy, AKS, 28.95, Lane 5

C Final: Taylor Garcia, BC, 29.35, Lane 3


  1. SUNY cal says:

    Another good reason that these big qualifying meets should be indoors!! She practices everyday outside at Cal and still was all over lane lines!!!

  2. dmswim says:

    The video is of the 50 breast not the 50 backstroke.

  3. bobo gigi says:

    Rachel is a very pretty girl. :cool:
    And happy she has qualified too. :)

  4. Danjohnrob says:

    Rachel has one of the best backstroke starts around! With both Rachel and the best female backstroke starter in history, Natalie Coughlin, at Cal, I certainly hope a concerted effort is being made to improve Missy and Elizabeth’s starts as well, especially now that Natalie has announced she will not be competing in the event anymore!

    Rachel is clearly confident in her 50 back and shows every sign of enjoying that race. I also watched an interview where she stated she was very happy and motivated at Cal. I hope she will ramp up the intensity of her training in the next 2 years until she becomes equally confident in her 100 and gets her times back down near 59 seconds so she can fulfill the potential she showed in 2012 and win an individual medal for Team USA!

  5. Danjohnrob says:

    I just wanted to add, that is an exceptionally beautiful photo by Tim Binning of Rachel above your report, who as Bobo stated is very pretty! :-)

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Midland, Michigan native Gisselle Kohoyda is all too familiar with life in the pool and on the deck, even with her late start in the sport at the age of 14. This part time coach and full time breaststroker focuses her driven energy towards social media management, journalism, writing practices, …

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