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Eden Prairie's Bootsma falls short of finals in Olympic swimming

In the morning Rachel Bootsma qualified for the semi-final round in the women's 100 meter backstroke. But in the evening she finished with the 11th best time, with only the top eight moving on to the finals. Bootsma's times in London were well off the personal best she swam in the U.S. Olympic trials.
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In the morning Rachel Bootsma qualified for the semi-final round in the women's 100 meter backstroke. But in the evening she finished with the 11th best time, with only the top eight moving on to the finals. Bootsma's times in London were well off the personal best she swam in the U.S. Olympic trials.

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