Phil Scholz Takes Gold In Final Paralympic Tune-Up

July 14, 2008

Baltimore, Md. - Loyola swimmer Phil Scholz earned one gold, one silver and four bronze medals in his final tune-up for the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, China. Scholz competed in the CAM-AM Championships in Victoria, British Columbia over the weekend, setting new American and Pan-American records at the meet.

The meet, which featured teams from around the world, saw Scholz take gold in the 50-meter freestyle. The Loyola sophomore then earned silver in the 50-meter breaststroke, posting a new American and Pan-American record in the event with a time of 41.47.

Scholz also set American and Pan-American records in the 50-meter backstroke with a time of 38.16. He took bronze in the event and cleaned up with bronze in the 100-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly and 400-meter freestyle events.

"This weekend was a great opportunity for Philip to compete against some international competition," said Loyola Head Coach Brian Loeffler. "He will face many of these swimmers again in eight weeks in Beijing. I was very pleased with his performance this weekend."

Overall, Scholz has 15 American Records, 4 Pan-American Records and 1 World Record as he prepares for the Summer Games next month. This week, Scholz heads to Los Angeles for the 2008 ESPY Awards, where he is a finalist for Best Male Athlete with Disability.