Read Paul's Triton Q&A here. (Nov. 1, 2014)
One-time All-American ... Five-time All-America honorable mention ... School record-holder in the 500-yard freestyle (4:25.48).
AS A JUNIOR IN 2014-15
Team co-captain ... 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 the NCAA Championships in the 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 ... At the PCSC Championship, swam the first leg for the 800 yard free relay team that took first place ... Also won the 500 yard free (4:25.48), the 400 yard IM (3:54.82), and the 200 yard free (1:39.44) at the PCSC Championship.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2012-13
CSCAA Scholar All-American First Team ... Competed in five events at PCSC Championships, one relay swim and four individual swims ... Helped his team to a first-place finish in the 800 free relay (6:37.67), which was also a school record ... Finished top-eight in three of his individual events, starting with the 500 free (4:31.26) at No. 3, 200 free (1:40.63) at No. 2 and the 1650 (15:58.41) at No. 3 ... Also competed in the 100 free (46.80) ... Competed at NCAA Championships five events, with a top eight finish in the 400 individual medley (3:56.34) and a top 16 finish in the 500 free (4:30.35) ... He also competed in the 1000 free (9:33.22) and 200 free (1:39.36) ... Li helped his team to a ninth-place finish in the 800 free relay (6:41.33) at NCAA Championships ... Concluded the season with top-10 marks in the 400 individual medley (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.