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Sara Li Earns Scholar All-American First Team Selection

Harvard celebrates during a meet at Brown Jan. 19 (photo Rose Lincoln).

Sara Li of the Harvard women's swimming and diving team was named to CSCAA Scholar All-American First Team, while Caroline Weaver, Mackenzie Luick and Stephanie Ferrell garnered honorable mention accolades. The Crimson was also awarded the Team Scholar All-America Award for having higher than a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average.

Li and Luick are first time recipients, while Ferrell and Weaver received the award for the second consecutive year.  

To be named to the Scholar All-America list, student-athletes must have a semester or cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. First team honorees must qualify for the national championship meet, while honorable mention selections have to achieve a 'B' time standard.

Li was one of the top swimmers for the Crimson throughout the 2012-13 campaign that saw Harvard go undefeated in dual meets and win its 14th straight matchup with Ivy opponents. She finished 34th in the 200 freestyle, 37th in the 50 freestyle and 38th in the 100 freestyle at the NCAA Championships. The economics concentrator owns three individual Harvard records, won two events at the Ivy meet and broke a 32-year old Blodgett Pool record in the 100 freestyle (48.67) at the ECAC meet.

Weaver earned 'B' standards in both the 100 and 200 backstroke events.  The Human Evolutionary Biology concentrator clocked in at 55.01 in the 100 at the HYP meet and finished the 200 in 1:58.63 at the Ivy League Championships for new personal bests.

Ferrell was a 'B' qualifier in the 200 breaststroke at the Georgia Invitational and the 100 breaststroke at the HYP meet. The Government concentrator was to the wall at 2:15.34 to place 12th overall against a talented field in Georgia. At HYP, she rewrote her own Harvard record in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:02.56.

Luick earned two 'B' times, one in the 200 breaststroke and another in the 100 breaststroke. Each of the marks, which were both new personal bests, came at the Ivy League Championships. The Romance Languages and Literatures concentrator's 2:15.50 in the 200 breaststroke qualifier at the Ivy meet placed sixth in the final. She also finished third in the conference's 100 breaststroke event and broke Ferrell's program record in the process with a 1:02.33.