MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, November 21. LAST night at the Minnesota State High School League Championships, Eden Prairie's Rachel Bootsma shot down the national high school standard in the 100-yard backstroke.
Bootsma ripped off a time of 51.5, which trumped the previous national record of 51.85 set by Edison's Cindy Tran May 5, 2010 in California. Tran's time also stood as the public school record. Natalie Coughlin still owns the private school standard of 52.86 set while at Carondelet in 1998.
Only 14 other swimmers have cleared 52 seconds in the event. Bootsma moved into the middle of that pack to eighth all time.
Individually, Bootsma also won the 100 fly with a time of 52.73, smashing her state record from prelims of 53.67, and coming up short of the national record (52.41) set by Misty Hyman for Shadow Mountain back in 1996.
Event 10 Girls 100 Yard Backstroke
MN All-Time: ! 52.99 11/19/2010 Rachel Bootsma, Eden Prairie
MN Class AA: $ 54.07 11/22/2008 Rachel Bootsma, Eden Prairie
Nat'l: 51.85 5/14/2010 Cindy Tran, Edison, CA
Name Year School Prelims Finals
1 Rachel Bootsma 11 Eden Prairie 52.99 51.53!AAA
Special thanks to Dan Tripps for providing video footage of the record swim.