Highly Versatile Daniel Li (2023) Announces Verbal Commitment to Princeton

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Austin, Texas native Daniel Li has announced his verbal commitment to the application process* at Princeton University for the 2023-24 school year.

“I am excited to announce my commitment to the admissions process to Princeton University. I’d like to thank my coaches, friends, and parents for helping me through this journey. Go tigers! 🧡🖤”

Li swims for Westlake High School, where he is a junior, and Longhorn Aquatics. A highly versatile swimmer, he has a range of 20.1 to 15:32 in the freestyle events, and is a Winter Juniors qualifier or better in backstroke, breaststroke, and IM.

At the 2022 Texas UIL 6A State Championships, Li competed individually in the 100 back (5th, 49.41) and led off Westlake’s 200 medley relay (22.59 in the 50 back) and 400 free relay (45.14). A month later, he notched best times in the 50 free, 100 back, 100/200 breast, and 100 fly at the Four Corners Sectionals in Austin. He was runner-up in the 50 free (20.19), third in the 100 back (48.74), tenth in the 100 breast (56.56), tenth in the 200 breast (2:02.77, and 17th in the 100 fly (50.12). Last December, he swam lifetime bests in the 100/200/500 free at Winter Juniors West, placing 19th in the 200 and 22nd in the 500.

Li kicked off the 2022 long course season with a PB in the 50m free (23.48) at U.S. International Team Trials.

Li will be an asset to the Princeton class of 2027, which also includes Parker Lenoce. His best times would have scored in the B finals of the 50/200 free and 100 back, and the C finals of the 100/500/1650 free, 200 back, and 100/200 breast.

Best SCY times:

  • 50 back – 22.59
  • 100 back – 48.74
  • 200 back – 1:47.80
  • 50 free – 20.19
  • 100 free – 45.07
  • 200 free – 1:38.21
  • 500 free – 4:27.08
  • 1650 free – 15:32.93
  • 200 IM – 1:49.85
  • 200 breast – 2:02.77

*Note: A verbal commitment between an Ivy League coach and a prospective student-athlete is not an offer of admission, as only the Admission Office has that authority. The coach can only commit his or her support in the admission process. Ivy League Admission Offices do not issue “Likely Letters” before October 1 of the prospective student-athlete’s senior year of high school. The Likely Letter, while issued after an initial read of the student’s application, is not an offer of admission to the university.

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8 months ago

Welcome Daniel!🐅🐅

8 months ago

This anonymous poster makes a compelling (honestly, overwhelming) one-line argument.

8 months ago

dude can make the A final at ivys every event

Daniel Li fan club
8 months ago

Danny boy

Coach DL2
8 months ago

Congrats, Daniel! The PUCSDT family is excited to welcome you to the team and support you through the next several phases of your life. We will be here for you (and your family) through thick and thin. We will make sure you enjoy the student-athlete experience, earn amazing career opportunities and build the family life you envision.

Congrats to Matt and Abby for continuing to bring impressive young men to campus AND developing them in all ways. I recently saw a stat that the 2022 men’s Ivy team had 86% best times, many of which were school records. That rate of improvement is both number one in the NCAA (we checked all conference meets!) and unheard of historically. These two… Read more »

Jim Tuchler
8 months ago

Great choice. You’re gonna love it!

8 months ago


Roric Fink
8 months ago

Congrats! Very happy for you.

About Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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