April 6, 2008
Minneapolis, Minn. - Phil Scholz has been named an official member of the 2008 U.S. Paralympic Team that will compete at the Paralympic Games in Beijing, China this summer. The Loyola freshman is one of 38 swimmers (20 male, 18 female) selected to represent the United States at the Games.
The announcement came today from the U.S. Olympic Committee's Paralympics division. U.S. Paralympics Team Head Coach Julie O'Neill said the team includes incredible athletes and will be competitive in Beijing.
"We have an incredible group of athletes nominated to this team. This group has the potential to be the best swimming team that the USA has fielded to a major international event," said O'Neill. "The men's team is strong and includes several young up-and-coming athletes. Our women's team will be very dominant in Beijing and has numerous multiple-medalist candidates."
Scholz earned his spot on the team with a phenomenal performance at the U.S. Paralympic Trials this weekend. Scholz won gold in all four of his events and as it stands, he will compete in the 50 Free, 100 Free, 400 Free and 100 Fly in China.
"A year and a half ago when Philip approached me as a high school senior, I thought that the 2012 games in London might be a more realistic goal," said Loyola Swim Coach Brian Loeffler. "To have him achieve this honor four years earlier is a testament to all the hard work he has put in."
Scholz will next travel to Detroit, Mich. in two weeks to compete in the GTAC Invitational, where he will be swimming the 100 Breast and 100 Back to establish minimum qualifying standards, and by doing so, adding to his list of events at the Summer Games.
"I know Philip will not be satisfied with just making the team," added Coach Loeffler. "Our goals can now focus toward winning a medal in Beijing."
Scholz and his U.S. Paralympic teammates are attending the Minnesota Twins game today, where they will be honored by Major League Baseball and the Twins organization during the seventh inning stretch.
2008 U.S. Paralympics Swimming Team Roster
MENKendall Bailey (San Diego, Calif.)Mark Barr (Davis, Calif.)Cody Bureau (Latrobe, Pa.)Michael DeMarco (San Diego, Calif.)Dave Denniston (Longmont, Colo.)Alex Dionne (Mequon, Wis.)Tucker Dupree (Raleigh, N.C.)Evans, Grover (Little Rock, Ark.)Rudy Garcia-Tolson (Riverside, Calif.)Lantz Lamback (Augusta, Ga.)Curtis Lovejoy (Atlanta, Ga.)Joe McCarthy (San Diego, Calif.)Tom Miazga (Cedarburg, Wis.)Aaron Paulson (Portland, Ore.)Roy Perkins (Del Mar, Calif.)Jarrett Perry (Wichita, Kan.)Michael Prout (West Springfield, Mass.)Philip Scholz (Loyola College - Mt. Sinai, N.Y.)Joe Wise (Menlo Park, Calif.)Justin Zook (Plymouth, Minn.)
WOMENCheryl Angelelli-Kornoelje (Fraser, Mich.)Kelley Becherer (Sheboygan, Wis.)Aimee Bruder (Birmingham, Ala.)Anna Eames (Golden Valley, Minn.)Amanda Everlove (Wichita, Kan.)Deb Gruen (Hamden, Conn.)Casey Johnson (Cypress, Calif.)Cortney Jordan (Henderson, Nev.)April Kerley (Loveland, Ohio)Beth Kolbe (Tiffin, Ohio)Jessica Long (Baltimore, Md.)Marin Morrison (Sammamish, Wash.)Ashley Owens (Stockbridge, Ga.)Erin Popovich (Silverbow, Mont.)Susan Beth Scott (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)Melissa Stockwell (Colorado Springs, Colo.)Elizabeth Stone (Grand Rapids, Mich.)Miranda Uhl (Alachua, Fla.)