Full Press Box article: Paralympic Swimmers Achieve Greatness Under Loyola Head Coach Brian Loeffler
BALTIMORE - In the fall of 2007 at Loyola University, a blind swimmer appeared in the doorway of head swimming coach Brian Loeffler's office. With his seeing-eye dog, Taxi, at his side, freshman Philip Scholz asked the coach if he could walk-on to the Greyhounds' swimming team.
"My first thought was, 'Holy cow, How is this going to work? I've got to give this kid an opportunity,'" Loeffler said.
One year later, Scholz competed for the U.S. Paralympic team in Beijing. As a Greyhound swimmer in the backstroke, butterfly and freestyle events, he had already broken 19 records in the American Paralympic category as an S11 blind swimmer -- with "11" being the most severe form of visual impairment.
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