posted 03/29/14 at 3:44am
on Looking ahead to the Sweet 16
Bootsma is from Eden Prairie, Minnesota. She placed third in the 100-meter backstroke at the 2010 National Championships. Her performanced earned her a spot at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships. There she placed third in the 50-meter backstroke. Later that year (November), Bootsma set the national high school 100-yard backstroke record with a time of 51.85 seconds. In 2011, she broke the Pan American Games record in the 100-meter backstroke (1:00.37).
At the 2012 Olympic Trials, Bootsma finished second in the 100-meter backstroke. This earned her a spot on the London Olympic team. She helped the 4X100m medley relay advanced to the final. In the final round, Missy Franklin took over the backstroke leg. The relay won Olympic gold.
She will be attending the University of California- Berkeley for the 2012/2013 school year.