Distance Specialist Eli Shoyat (2021) Verbally Commits to Louisville

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Eli Shoyat from Fort Mitchell, Kentucky has announced his verbal commitment to the University of Louisville for 2021-22. He will join a class of 2025 that already includes John Bossler, Luke Shourds, Murilo Sartori, and Owen Taylor.

“I’m very excited to announce my verbal commitment to further my academic and swimming career at the University of Louisville. I want to thank the coaches, friends and family who have helped me along the way. Go Cards!”

Shoyat is a junior at Beechwood High School. A mid-distance and distance specialist out of Northern Kentucky Clippers Swimming, he competed in the 200 free and 500 free, finishing 5th and 3rd, respectively, at 2020 Kentucky High School Championships in February. His best 200 free (1:40.94) and 50 back (25.28) times came from high school season. In club swimming, Shoyat is a Summer Juniors qualifier in the 1650 free and 500 free and a Winter Juniors qualifier in the 200 free.

He competed for Powel Crosley Jr YMCA at last summer’s YMCA Long Course National Championships, finishing 7th in the 1500 free (16:26.28), 8th in the 800 free (8:36.78), 11th, in the 400 IM (4:40.61), and 12th in the 400 free (4:07.21). He also competed in the 200 free and swam a leg (1:58.30) on PCY’s winning 800 free relay.

Louisville’s top milers at 2020 ACC Men’s Championships were sophomore Hayden Curley (15:04.55 for 8th) and Colton Paulson (15:13.44 for 14th). Shoyat’s best time would have landed him 22nd, just a tick behind freshman Ilia Sibirtsev (18th with 15:21.45) and junior Theodore Smith (15:23.42). All but Smith will still be there when Shoyat arrives. It took 4:22.96 to get a second swim in the 500 free and 1:36.35 to score in the 200 free.

Top SCY times:

  • 1650 free – 15:26.40
  • 1000 free – 9:13.75
  • 500 free – 4:24.60
  • 200 free – 1:40.94
  • 400 IM – 4:01.02
  • 200 IM – 1:55.78

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