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Minnesotans Bootsma, Plummer Claim Event Wins at US Swim Nationals

Updated: 08/09/2014 10:13 PM
Created: 08/09/2014 4:45 PM KSTP.com
By: Chris Long

Eden Prairie's Rachel Bootsma and Minnetonka's David Plummer are the fastest backstroke swimmers in the United States, as evidenced by their wins in the 50-meter sprints at the Phillips 66 National Championships in Irvine, California.

Bootsma won the 50-meter women's final with a time of 28.35.  She holds the American record at 27.68, set last year at Indianapolis.  Her time in the final qualifier her for the 2015 World Championships.

It's a repeat title for Bootsma, after she also won the event at 2013's Nationals.

Plummer won the 50-meter men's final in 24.82.  His 24.74 in preliminaries ranks him 7th in the world.

Bootsma took second in the 100-meter backstroke final on Saturday evening.  Her time of 1:00.71 placed her just behind the winner - her University of California teammate and Olympic champion Missy Franklin.

Franklin won the final in 59.38, her fifth straight year winning the event.

Swimming in a loaded men's 100-meter backstroke final on Saturday night, Plummer's 53.57 placed him 4th.  

Matt Grevers won the 100-back final in 52.75.  Olympian Michael Phelps finished sixth in 53.95.

Tim Phillips starts the men's 100-meter butterfly final at the U.S. national championships swim meet, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Irvine, Calif. Phillips took third in the race.
Photo: AP/Mark J. Terrill

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