April 28, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - The Beijing-bound Paralympic Team competed at the 5th Annual Greater Toledo Aquatic Club Disability Open, which was held at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan this past weekend. Loyola's Phil Scholz set two American Records at the meet and qualified for a fifth event at this year's Summer Games.
Scholz set American Records in the 50-meter backstroke and the 200-meter butterfly bringing his American Record count to 14. The Loyola freshman, who also has a Pan-American record to his credit, achieved a minimum qualifying standard in the 100-meter backstroke, meaning he will add the event to his list of events at the 2008 Paralympic Games.
"I was extremely please to see Philip swim so well in the two backstroke events this weekend," said Loyola Swim Coach Brian Loeffler. "We have not focused any attention toward this stroke during the collegiate season. If he can show the improve in backstroke like he has in freestyle and butterfly he will be very competitive in this new event in China."
Overall, Scholz will compete in the 50 Free, 100 Free, 400 Free, 100 Fly and 100 Back events at the Summer Games.