Rachel Bootsma Snags 3rd Career NCAA 100 Back Victory

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California’s Rachel Bootsma captured her third NCAA title in the women’s 100-yard back at the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Championships.

Bootsma, who came home blazing in 25.75, touched first in a time of 50.28.  That swim is the sixth-best of all time.  She now owns three of the top 10 times ever.

All Time 100 Back Performances:

1 49.97 Natalie Coughlin California Austin, Texas 3/22/02
2 50.01r Courtney Bartholomew Virginia 12/5/14
3 50.03 Rachel Bootsma, California, 3/20/15
4 50.13 Rachel Bootsma California 3/21/13
5 50.19r Courtney Bartholomew, Virginia, 3/19/15
6 50.28 Rachel Bootsma California 3/18/2016
7 50.31 Cindy Tran California 3/15/12
8 50.39 Courtney Bartholomew Virginia 12/6/14
9 50.42 Cindy Tran California 11/30/12
10 50.45 Natalie Coughlin California Athens, Ga. 12/2/11

Bootsma also became just the sixth swimmer with three 100 back wins in a career:

3-Time 100 Back Winners:

4 – Natalie Coughlin, California
3 – Lea Loveless, Stanford
3 – Betsy Mitchell, Texas
3 – Gemma Spofforth, Florida
3 – Sue Walsh, North Carolina

Virginia’s Courtney Bartholomew was unable to replicate her lifetime best speed of 50.01 from 2014 and wound up taking second overall in 50.73, while Stanford’s Ally Howe took third in 50.86.

California’s Amy Bilquist (51.01), Stanford’s Janet Hu (51.06), NC State’s Alexis Zevnik (51.31), Missouri’s Nadine Laemmler (51.82) and Tennessee’s Kira Toussaint (51.86) placed fourth through eighth.

Georgia’s Olivia Smoliga showed how important prelims are as she swam the second fastest time of the night, but wound up ninth in the B final.

                           === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Bootsma, Rachel  SR California          50.85      50.28P        20  
    r:+0.59  24.53        50.28 (25.75)
  2 Bartholomew, Co  SR Virginia            50.60      50.73         17  
    r:+0.67  24.61        50.73 (26.12)
  3 Howe, Ally       SO Stanford            50.85      50.86         16  
    r:+0.70  24.89        50.86 (25.97)
  4 Bilquist, Amy    FR California          50.96      51.01         15  
    r:+0.72  24.95        51.01 (26.06)
  5 Hu, Janet        SO Stanford            51.16      51.06         14  
    r:+0.64  25.04        51.06 (26.02)
  6 Zevnik, Alexia   JR NC State            51.13      51.31         13  
    r:+0.63  25.13        51.31 (26.18)
  7 Laemmler, Nadin  JR Missouri            51.14      51.82         12  
    r:+0.68  25.14        51.82 (26.68)
  8 Toussaint, Kira  JR Tennessee           50.97      51.86         11  
    r:+0.62  24.67        51.86 (27.19)
 
                            === B - Final ===                            
 
  9 Smoliga, Olivia  JR Georgia             51.23      50.58P         9  
    r:+0.75  24.51        50.58 (26.07)
 10 Mack, Linnea     JR UCLA                51.60      51.24          7  
    r:+0.61  24.72        51.24 (26.52)
 11 Deloof, Ali      SR Michigan            51.21      51.37          6  
    r:+0.61  24.66        51.37 (26.71)
 12 Galyer, Daniell  JR Kentucky            51.62      51.44          5  
    r:+0.64  25.11        51.44 (26.33)
 13 Baker, Kathleen  FR California          51.79      51.54          4  
    r:+0.62  24.69        51.54 (26.85)
 14 Stevens, Hannah  SO Missouri            51.89      51.60          3  
    r:+0.70  24.91        51.60 (26.69)
 15 Stewart, Kylie   SO Georgia             51.95      51.67          2  
    r:+0.64  25.41        51.67 (26.26)
 16 Haan, Elise      FR FGCU                51.76      52.33          1  
    r:+0.64  25.53        52.33 (26.80)
               Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 12                 
 
  1. Georgia                           259   2. California                      233.5
  3. Stanford                          213   4. Texas A&M                       173.5
  5. Virginia                          166   6. Louisville                        144
  7. Southern Cali                   138.5   8. Indiana                           128
  9. Missouri                           84  10. NC State                           83
 11. Arizona                            80  12. Michigan                           74
 13. Tennessee                          73  14. Ohio St                            59
 15. Texas                              49  16. UCLA                               44
 17. UNC                                36  18. Nevada                             29
 19. Wisconsin                          25  20. Alabama                            20
 21. Florida                          19.5  22. Minnesota                          19
 22. Purdue                             19  24. South Carolina                     17
 25. Miami University (Ohio)            16  26. Kentucky                           15
 27. Penn St                            13  28. Kansas                             11
 29. Denver                             10  29. Auburn                             10
 31. Iowa                                9  32. University of Nebraska-Lincoln      7
 33. Virginia Tech                       6  33. Smu                                 6
 35. Air Force (W)                       4  35. University of Hawaii (W)            4
 37. Eastern Mich                        3  38. Umbc (W)                            2
 39. Florida Gulf                        1
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