Rachel Bootsma Loves Owning Records, Video Interview

As reported by Tony Carroll.

On night three of the 2013 World Championship Trials, Rachel Bootsma won the 50 backstroke in record time. The 19 year-old from California Aquatics took advantage of a great start and touched the wall first with a time of 27.68 (US Open and American Record). Bootsma missed the records this morning during prelims by a small margin of .02. The previous record, set by Hayley McGregory of Longhorn Aquatics in 2008, was 27.80. McGregory was a very talented swimmer. In some circles, she is considered the best swimmer to never qualify for the Olympics.

At the 2012 Olympic Trials, Bootsma earned a spot on the Olympic team in the 1oo meter backstroke after finishing second to Missy Franklin. Tonight, she came out on top, touching out Franklin by .30. Bootsma is coming off a very successful college season, under the direction of  Cal Berkeley Head Coach, Teri McKeever. She was the 2013 NCAA champion in the 100 yard backstroke.

Bootsma’s swim tonight does not guarantee her a spot on the World Championship Team heading to Barcelona in July. However, with several doubles on the women’s side already, she’s just about sealed it, and on Friday that should become official with serious doubling opportunities in every women’s event.

Note that she, Missy Franklin, and Liz Pelton are not only World Championship teammates, they will also be teammates at Cal next year. Bootsma (a great short course swimmer) showed that she’s still able to hold onto spots in the medley relay among an incredible group (though, McKeever will probably decide that Cal’s relays are better with Bootsma on the fly leg).

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bobo gigi
9 years ago

Women’s 50 back final. Very bad start for Missy. She couldn’t come back. Huge start for Rachel. She has held on. It must not be easy when you know you have Missy just behind you.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  bobo gigi
9 years ago

I didn’t even think Franklin was gonna recover to come in 2nd after her start, given she broke out at Bootsma’s feet.

bobo gigi
9 years ago

Congrats Rachel! Your 15 first meters are really impressive. Missy has lost more than a half-body length, was very fast over the water, but coudn’t come back. 27.68 is a great time. Miss Bootsma will play the medals in Barcelona. I would be very happy to see her under 59 in the 100 back this week.

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