Columbus, Ohio— Ohio State’s Liz Li has been named the Big Ten’s Swimmer of the Week after an excellent weekend of competition.
The junior most notably set a new Big Ten record in the 100 fly with her time of 51.42. The performance also automatically qualifies her for NCAA Championships and is the fastest in the NCAA this season. She finished second in that race, only trailing American record holder and Olympian Kelsi Worrell. Li also posted an NCAA A time in the 50 freestyle (21.72, fastest in the country this year), an event she won. Nine total Big Ten swimmers won an individual event, including three on the women’s side, so Li put herself in elite company.
Li was also an important part of the Big Ten’s 400 freestyle and medley relays, leading the conference to second and third place finishes in those events, respectively. The USA team started the meet on a high note, setting an American record in the 400 medley relay (3:25.60).
Prior to that, she competed in the Buckeyes’ dual meet against Cleveland State, swimming in the 50 free and winning with a time of 22.70.
Li and the rest of the Scarlet and Gray host their annual fall invitational this weekend, with competition beginning Friday morning. For more information please visit our 2016 OSU Invite page.