Rice Snags 54.7 Butterflier Lili Elayi of Cardinal Aquatics for Fall 2022

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Cardinal Aquatics’ Lili Elayi has verbally committed to Rice University for fall 2022. She’s a junior at Lafayette High School in Kentucky.

I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at Rice University! I am beyond grateful for all the support from my coaches, friends, and family. I can’t wait to be an OWL! #goowls🦉👐🏻


  • 100 fly – 54.72
  • 50 free – 23.85
  • 100 free – 51.85
  • 100 breast – 1:06.15
  • 100 back – 58.36
  • 200 IM – 2:10.40

Elayi’s best event is the 100 fly, where she holds a lifetime best of 54.72. She swam that time in December, racing at the virtual 18&U Winter Championships.

At the 2020 Kentucky HS State Championships, Elayi placed fourth in the 100 fly (55.91) and seventh in the 50 free (24.15).

Rice had a very deep butterfly group this past season, with five women going under 55 in the 100 fly led by Conference USA champion Maddy Howe (53.20). Elayi would’ve been #4 on their roster in the event, along with holding top-six times in both the 50 free and 100 free.

Elayi would’ve made the 2021 C-USA A-final in the 100 fly, while she would’ve scored in B-finals in the 50 free and 100 free, too. She joins breaststroker Mia Nagle in Rice’s class of 2026.

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About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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