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Otto, Li of Harvard Women's Swimming Announced as NCAA Qualifiers

Otto is in the top 15 in the nation in the 200 butterfly (photo Kevin Burns).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Sophomore Courtney Otto and junior Sara Li are two of 281 swimmers that have qualified for the NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, the NCAA announced. It marks the second consecutive year the Crimson has qualified two swimmers, as Otto and Meghan Leddy '13 swam at last year's NCAA event.

Otto qualified in the 200 butterfly and 400 IM for the second straight year after racing to 24th and 30th place, respectively, in the events at the NCAA championships last year. The West Seneca, N.Y., native, who also qualified in the 200 IM this season, posted all three of her qualifying times at the Georgia Invitational Nov. 30-Dec. 2 against some of the country's top swimmers. Her school record 1:56.24 in the 200 fly is the nation's 15th-best time, while her 4:10.55 in the 400 IM is 26th and her 2:00.31 in the 200 IM is good for 65th in the NCAA.

Li is coming off the best weekend of her collegiate career at the Ivy and ECAC championships Feb. 28-March 3. She qualified for the NCAA championships in three freestyle races with a trio of school records. Li started last weekend at the Ivy meet, where she set program marks of 22.46 in the 50 free and 1:45.88 in the 200 free, which gave her Ivy medalist honors. Those two times were good for 40th and 34th in the nation. She followed that performance by breaking a 32-year old Blodgett Pool record in the 100 free at the ECAC meet March 3. She stopped the clock in 48.67 seconds, the 17th quickest mark in the nation, to earn the ECAC title.

This year's NCAA meet will be held in Indianapolis, Ind., March 21-23. The finals on Friday and Saturday will be aired live on ESPN3. For more information on the meet, visit NCAA.com.