Women's Swimming's Sara Li Set to Compete at NCAA Championships
The Crimson enjoyed its second straight Ivy League dual meet championship by going 7-0 against Ancient Eight opponents in 2012-13 (photo Kevin Burns).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's swimming junior Sara Li will represent the Crimson at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., March 21-23. Li will compete in the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyle events.
Li qualified in the top 40 of each of the races by setting three new Harvard records. Her program-best time of 48.67 in the 100, which she accomplished during the first leg of a relay at the ECAC Championships, has her ranked 17th in the country in the event. She also comes in at 34th in the 200 (1:45.88) and 39th in the 50 (22.46) of swimmers at the NCAA meet. All three of Li's qualifying marks came Feb. 28-March 3, during the best weekend of her collegiate career. She was the Ivy League champion in the 200 free and also broke a 32-year old Blodgett Pool record in the 100 free during the ECAC meet.
Li will race in one event during each of the three days of the meet. The trials of the 50 free will be on Thursday, the 200 is on Friday and the 100 will be held on Saturday. Each day's trials will start at 11 a.m., with finals beginning at 7 p.m. For a complete list of the schedule of events, click here.
Follow the Meet
The Friday and Saturday finals of the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships will air live on ESPN3, while a tape delayed version of the meet will be shown Wednesday, March 27 at 8 p.m. on ESPNU.
Sophomore Courtney Otto also qualified for the NCAA meet this weekend, but she was forced to decline the invitation due to an injury. She qualified for the NCAA meet in three events this season, including the nation's 15th-best time in the 200 butterfly (1:56.24). The West Seneca, N.Y., native also qualified in the 200 IM (2:00.31) and the 400 IM (4:10.55).