Others called up by head coach Gerardo Martino included Ajax defender Edson Alvarez, Napoli forward Hirving Lozano and Real Betis midfielders Diego Lainez and Andres Guardado.
Led by two-time world champion Xu Jiayu from Zhejiang, the Chinese swimmers bettered the world record by 0.15 seconds. The previous record was held by American swimmers.
The 16-team CSL was split into two groups respectively in Dalian and Suzhou. Both groups will play 14 rounds in the first phase, which is to end next Monday.
The last eight will fight off relegation, with the last to be relegated and the second to last will vie with the winners of the second-tier league. Enditem
The next stage will begin with a two-legged knockout round from October 16. Enditem
Although Liaoning got the set point first at 24-21, the consecutive errors in their front row let Zhejiang pull one set back.
The swimmers' performances at the championships will act as an important reference for their qualification for next year's Tokyo Olympic Games. Enditem
Ye is also the Asian record holder of the women's 200m individual medley in 2:07.57.
The medals of the women's 200m backstroke were taken by three youngsters. Silver medalist Wang Jiayin from Shandong is just 13 years old. Hubei's Peng Xuwei, 17, bagged the gold in 2:09.02.
Guardiola fielded new signing Nathan Ake and youngster Eric Garcia, neither of whom is six feet tall.
The Serbian, who is seeking his 18th grand slam title, will face Colombia's Daniel Elahi Galan in the next round.