Sara Li Concludes NCAA Championship

Sara Li competed in three events at the 2013 NCAA Championship (photo courtesy Kevin Burns).

INDIANAPOLIS – Harvard women's swimmer Sara Li concluded the 2013 NCAA Championship with the 100-meter freestyle on Saturday at IU Natatorium and IUPUI Sports Complex. The junior contested three events over the three-day meet.

Li opened the meet on Thursday with the 50-meter freestyle, touching the wall in 22.75 for 37th place. The native of Longmeadow, Mass., moved on to the 200 freestyle on Friday, where she took 34th on a time of 1:46.98. In the 100 freestyle on the final day, Li was clocked at 49.50 for 38th place. 

"Sara was focused on her race plan and enjoyed every moment of being at this prestigious meet," said the Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving Stephanie Wriede Morawski. "She finished in the middle of the pack of all three races and knows what to expect of the meet in the future. More importantly, Sara wants to use the valuable experiences gained to inspire her teammates in hopes of Harvard qualifying more student-athletes for next year's NCAA championships."

Li qualified for the meet with three Harvard records during one week from Feb. 28 to March 3. Her program-best time of 48.67 in the 100 was set as the leadoff leg of a relay at the ECAC Championships. She also set new program standards in the 50 (22.46) and 200 (1:45.88). Li claimed the Ivy League Championship in the 200 and broke a 32-year old Blodgett Pool record in the 100 free during the ECAC meet. 

Li would have been joined by Courtney Otto at the NCAA Championship, but the sophomore had to decline her invitation due to injury. Otto also qualified the meet in three events, the 200 butterfly (1:56.24), 200 IM (2:00.31) and 400 IM (4:10.55).