Read Paul's Triton Q&A here. (Nov. 1, 2014)
Three-time NCAA Championships qualifier (2013-14-15) ... One-time All-American ... Five-time All-America honorable mention ... Seven-time PCSC champion (four individual, three relay).
AS A SENIOR IN 2015-16
Team tri-captain ... PCSC All-Academic Second Team ... Anchored school-record, third-place 800 free relay (6:36.37) at A3 Performance Invitational (11/20).
AS A JUNIOR IN 2014-15
Team co-captain ... Led off first-place 800 free relay at PCSC Championships (2/18) ... Won second consecutive individual PCSC crown in the 400 IM (2/20), timing 3:55.89 ... Triton Athletes' Council (TAC) team representative.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2013-14
PCSC Championships Male Swimmer of the Meet (top male point-getter with maximum 96 from three individual wins) ... San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month for February ... UCSDtritons.com Athlete of the Week (2/18) ... Three-time All-America honorable mention with top-16 finishes at NCAA Championships in 400 IM, 500 free and 800 free relay ... Broke five-year-old school standard in the 500 free on the second day of the PCSC meet, lowering Kneif Lohse's previous mark (4:26.81) from the 2009 NCAA Championships by over a full second in timing 4:25.48 and becoming a first-time individual conference champion and school record-holder ... The performance was also an A cut and booked his second straight trip to nationals ... Also won 400 IM (3:54.82) and 200 free (1:39.44) at PCSC Championships, and led off first-place, school-record 800 free relay (2/12) that timed 6:37.14.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2012-13
CSCAA Scholar All-American First Team ... Team's Rookie of the Year ... Competed in five events at PCSC Championships, one relay swim and four individual swims ... Swam third leg of first-place 800 free relay in a school-record 6:37.67 ... Finished second in the 200 free (1:40.63), and third in both the 500 free (4:31.26) and 1650 (15:58.41) ... Also competed in the 100 free (46.80) ... Competed at the NCAA Championships in five events, with a top-eight finish in the 400 IM (3:56.34) and a top-16 finish in the 500 free (4:30.35) ... Also competed in the 1000 free (9:33.22) and 200 free (1:39.36) ... Swam on ninth-place 800 free relay (6:41.33) at the NCAA meet ... Concluded the season with top-10 marks in the 400 IM (3:55.86) at No. 2, 200 free (1:38.47) at No. 3, and 500 free (4:28.39) at No. 4 ... At the meet vs. UIW (1/11), set a pool record in the 1650 free (16:06.23) and was a member of the 800 free relay (7:01.40) which also set a pool mark.
Traveled to Lima, Peru, to compete in the Peruvian national championships, July 19-22, 2014, and qualified for the Peru national team in the 400 IM, 400 free and 800 free ... Thus earned the right to represent Peru at the 2014 South American Championships in Mar del Plata, Argentina, Oct. 2-5 ... Competed in nine races in Argentina, including the 200-meter freestyle, 400 free, 800 free and 400 IM ... Earned a third-place medal as the leadoff leg of the mixed 400 free relay ... Also a member of the 400 medley relay that set a new Peru national record (Recap).
Swam for Fullerton Aquatics Sports Team (FAST) beginning at the age of 6 ... Competed for Nada Peru at the Peru nationals in July of 2014.
A 2012 graduate of Troy High School in Fullerton ... All-American in the 200 free and 500 free during his junior and senior years with the Warriors (2011-12) ... Freeway League MVP as a senior (2012) ... Finished second place in the 200 free at the CIF Division II Championships in back-to-back years (2011-12) ... Also finished third in the 500 free at the 2012 CIF D-II Championships ... Holds THS record in the 200 free (1:39.57), which he earned in 2012 ... Best time in the 500 free was a 4:31.22, which he earned during his senior year (2012).
Born Sept. 2, 1994 in Lynwood ... Parents are Pedro and Gladys Li, who both attended universities in Peru ... Has an older brother named Benjamin and a younger brother named Gregory ... Management science major with an accounting minor at Sixth College ... Aspires to become a part of a business firm upon graduating from UCSD ... Competing at the 2013 NCAA Championships has been his most memorable moment in swimming, and winning the 2013 conference title is his top UCSD moment ... Hobbies include surfing and biking ... Cheers for the Los Angeles Lakers ... Loves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches ... Is a dual citizen of the United States and Peru.