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Olympic trials: Bootsma wins 100-meter backstroke prelim race

Eden Prairie swimmer Rachel Bootsma is one step closer to London. At the Olympic trials in Omaha, the 18-year-old won a preliminary race in the 100-meter backstroke.
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Eden Prairie swimmer Rachel Bootsma is one step closer to London. At the Olympic trials in Omaha, the 18-year-old won a preliminary race in the 100-meter backstroke.

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