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.