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Chart: The Rachel Bootsma file

  • February 11, 2012 - 11:16 PM
Age: 18

High school: Eden Prairie

Swim team: Aquajets

Coach: Kate Lundsten

Events: 100M backstroke, plus 50 back, freestyle sprints, 100 and 200 butterfly and 200 individual medley.

Family: father Rob, a retired consultant; mother Jan, executive director of special education/student services for Minnetonka school district; sister Katie, 19, a freshman swimmer at Miami (Ohio) University.

Pets: Rosie the cat

Hobbies: Cooking and baking, relaxing with friends.

Early years: Bootsma's mother said Rachel and Katie wanted to collect ribbons of every color, so they weren't always coveting the winner's blue one. "If the purple was eighth place, and they didn't have purple yet, that's what they went for,'' she said. "It's a girl thing.''

Defining personality trait: Determination. "She will always get the last word, even if it's from behind a locked door,'' her father said.

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