Anji Li
Anji Li

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Cuernavaca, Mexico

High School:
Tec de Monterrey

Event:
Freestyle/Backstroke

Birthdate:
04/23/1993



04/22/2014

Season Recap: Boilers Post 5 New Records, Send 10 to NCAAs

Matthews wins 1-meter diving Big Ten title; Mercer claims 3 Swimmer of the Week awards.

02/20/2014

Matthews Wins 1-Meter Diving for Purdue's First Title Since 2009

Divers finish 1-3-4-5 from 1-meter to help Boilers move to sixth in team scoring.

11/25/2013

Matthews & Mercer Lead the Way at Ohio State Invitational

Lyon, Schlobohm & Monteiro team up for exciting tight 1-2-3 finish in C final of 400 IM.

11/24/2013

Boilermakers Move Into Third Place After Day Two at OSU

Matthews rallies to win 1-meter diving finals to complete springboard sweep.

11/24/2013

Mercer Breaks 100 Free Record on Final Day of OSU Invitational

Lim, Manger, Marr & Petric also post Purdue all-time Top 10 times.

11/12/2013

Notre Dame @ Purdue

Women's Swimming & Diving photos from 11/1/13 dual meet

11/07/2013

Indiana Intercollegiates Mega Gallery

More photos from the home opening meet.

04/16/2013

Purdue hosts Indiana Live on BTN

Purdue Women's Swimming & Diving hosts Indiana for a dual meet live on the BTN.

Purdue Personal Preferences
Favorite Athlete: Cesar Cielo
In Her MP3 Player: florence & The Machine
Last Concert She Attended: Beyonce
Favorite Actor: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Favorite Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Favorite Month: April
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Food: Tacos
Favorite Purdue Building: Hicks Undergraduate Library
Favorite Big City: Chicago
Unique Travel Locale: Tepoztlan, Mexico
Country She'd Most Like to Visit: Thailand
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Biking
Another Sport She Enjoys Playing: Handball
Professor Whose Class She Enjoyed: Jeff Beckley, Math
Furry Friends: Orejas & Mich, Dachshunds
Other Hobbies/Interests: Photography

2012-13: Distinguished Big Ten Scholar... Academic All-Big Ten... Li competed in the backstroke events and the freestyle sprints... posted season-best times in her four events - 50 (23.64) and 100 free (52.76), 100 (56.37) and 200 back (2:04.53) - at the Purdue Invitational... season-best time in the 100 back ranked fifth best on the team in 2012-13... also competed in her four events at the Ohio State Winter Invite... accounted for 25 team points at the Purdue Invitational by finishing eighth in the A final of the 50 free, second in the B final of the 100 back and seventh in the B final of the 200 back... also won heat 2 of the 50 free in the prelims and helped her 200 free relay team win heat 2 at the Purdue Invite... swam the 200 IM at the Boiler-Make-It NCAA Last Chance meet.

2011-12: Li competed primarily in the backstroke events and 50 free... season-best times in the 100 (55.63, 3rd) and 200 back (2:02.50, 5th) from the Big Ten Championships both ranked among the top five on the team in 2011-12... her 100 (7th) and 200 back (10th) times also ranked among the fastest in program history... honored with the team's Most Improved award... also competed in the 50 free at Big Tens, finishing with a season-best time of 23.45... qualified for the C final of the 100 back at Big Tens... qualified for the C final of the 50 free, 100 and 200 back at the Ohio State Invitational, placing third in in the 200... was also part of 200 free and 400 medley relay teams at Ohio State that posted Purdue's fourth-fastest times of the year... swam the 100 free and 200 IM at the Boiler-Make-It NCAA Last Chance meet... made her Purdue debut in the November dual meet win against Northwestern after making the team as a walk-on.

Before Purdue: Four-year medalist at the SCM Mexican Nationals... also a three-year medalist at the Mexican National Olympics... medaled in the 50 free three times (2008, 2009 & 2011) and the 100 free twice (2008 & 2011); also medaled in the 50 and 200 back... medaled twice in the 50 free (2008 & 2011) and 50 back (2008 & 2010) at the Mexican National Olympics... competed for coach Margarita Nolasco... graduated in the top 10 percent of her academic class.

Personal: Full name is Anji Ines Li... born in Cuernavaca, Mexico, a community located about 50 miles south of Mexico City... daughter of Xiangyue Li and Hailin Zhao; her father Xiangyue is a civil engineer and her mother Hailin is a physics professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)... family also includes younger brother Andong Li... majoring in actuarial science.