April 4, 2008
Minneapolis, Minn. - Freshman Phil Scholz continued his tear at the U.S. Paralympic Trials with his second gold medal in as many days and events. On Friday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center, Scholz captured the 100-meter butterfly title with a swim of 1:11.75.
"I am now 2-for-2 with goal medals and personal best times," says Scholz. "Tomorrow I hope to make it 4-of-4, and try to break my American Record in the 1,500 Free."
Scholz entered the event ranked seventh in the world in the S11 category. He swam the morning preliminary in 1:12.54 to give him the top seed in Friday night's final. Scholz burst off the starting block with a split of 32.47, and was able to close in on a personal best time in the event.
"Philip had an amazing first 50 of the 100 fly," said Loyola Head Coach Brian Loeffler. "He was out in 32.47 almost as good as his American Record of 32.27. The second 50 he got caught on the lane line and it slowed him down. If the second 50 has cleaner, he would have really drop his time. As it stand - it still was a best time for him."
On Saturday, Scholz will compete in his final two events at the Paralympic Trials. He will take the pool for the 100-meter freestyle and 1,500-meter freestyle events - both of which he holds American Records in.
"The way Philip is swimming, I almost expect him to win more gold tomorrow," added the Greyhound Coach. "He is the current American record holder in the Mile (1500 Meters). I hope that the energy in the building can push him to improve on this standard."