March 23, 2009
Gresham, Ore. - This past weekend sophomore Phil Scholz competed in the 2009 Paralympic CAN-AM Spring Championship at Mt. Hood Community College in Greshman, Ore. Scholz, who swims in the S11 category for blind swimmers, won six gold medals, set two American records and swam a 2:40.90 in the 200 Fly for a new world record.
Scholz's new American records came from a first place finish in the 1500 Freestyle and a fast 35.99 time in the 50 Back. He now hold six American records in the S11 category.
Along with his three new records, he also grabbed gold medals in the 100 Fly (1:13.11), 400 Free (5:24.26) and 400 Individual Medley. He won a silver in the 200 Individual Medley with a time of 2:47.59.
The Can-Am Swimming Championships is a joint effort between U.S. Paralympics Swimming and Swimming Canada to bring together the best Paralympic swimmers in North America and the world. Swimmers from the United States, Canada and Columbia were present for the meet. The three-day event was the first major swimming competition since the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing.