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Celina Li
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Celina Li 1752408
Position: Butterfly/Breaststroke/IM
Height: 5'3"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Pleasanton, Calif.
High School: Foothill HS
Major: Business Administration
Experience: 2 Letters

USA Swimming Bio


  • Member of the U.S. squad for the 2015 World University Games (200m IM), where she placed 11th during the meet in South Korea
  • Swam in the 2012 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, earning silver in the 200m fly (2:11.07) and bronze in the 200m IM (2:14.16) and 400m IM (4:42.17); also took sixth in the 100m fly (1:00.49)
  • Represented the United States at the 2012 FINA Swimming World Cup both Berlin and Moscow. In Berlin, was third in both the 200m fly and 200m IM, while in Moscow, took fourth in both the 200m and 400m IM.
  • A member of the USA team at the 2011 FINA World Junior Championships in Lima, Peru, placing eighth in the 100m fly


  • Competed in five individual events at the 2014 Phillips 66 Nationals with a best of seventh in the 200 IM and 12th in the 400 IM
  • At the 2013 U.S. Open Championships, claimed a silver medal in the 200m IM (2:12.72) and 400m IM (4:39.47); also swim in the 100m breast, 200m breast, 100m fly, 400m medley relay and 800m free relay
  • Member of the 2013-14 USA National team
  • Qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials in the 100m and 200m breast, 100m and 200m fly, and 200 and 400m IM, finishing with a best of sixth in the 200m IM (2:13.34)


  • A CSCAA Scholar All-American in 2014
  • Entered the 2015-16 season ranked second in the 400 IM (4:05.13), fourth in the 200 IM (1:53.85), fourth in the 200 breast (2:10.83) in school history
  • Earned honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic honors as a sophomore
  • At the 2015 NCAA meet, placed sixth in the 200 IM (1:56.10), while she was 20th in the 400 IM (4:10.42)
  • The 2015 Pac-12 champion in the 400 IM (4:06.09) and also took third in the 200 IM (1:55.52) and ninth in the 200 fly (1:57.52)
  • Posted Cal’s fastest times in the 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 breast as a freshman in 2013-14
  • At the 2014 NCAA Championships, earned a third-place finish in the 200 IM (1:53.85) and took eighth in the 400 IM (4:08.02); also was a member of Cal’s fifth-place 400 medley relay
  • A 2014 Pac-12 champion swimming on the 400 medley relay; individually, was the conference runner-up in the 200 IM (1:54.89) and reached the medal stand with a third-place result in the 400 IM (4:07.68); also captured the B final in the 200 fly (1:57.48)


  • A four-time North Coast Section MVP
  • A three-time champion in the 200 IM and two-time winner in the 100 fly


  • Business administration major
  • Born on July 25, 1995
  • Parents are Yvonne and Philip Li
  • Has one sister, Jing, who swam collegiately at Georgia Tech
  • Member of her high school choir
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