Scholz Wraps-Up Competition In 2008 Paralympic Games With 50m Freestyle

Sept. 14, 2008

BEIJING, China - Loyola College sophomore swimmer Phil Scholz concluded his five-event program at the 2008 Paralympic Games today in Beijing's Water Cube with a swim in the 50-meter freestyle preliminaries.

Scholz clocked a time of 29.23 to finish fourth in his heat and 13th overall.

Overall, Scholz competed in five events and earns berths in two finals, the 100-meter butterfly and 400-meter freestyle.

While he did not medal in either of the finals, Scholz finished with another American Record - the 15th of his career - and an incredible experience.

Earlier in the week, Scholz said this about his time in China, "This has been an incredible experience. Everyone has been very hospitable and friendly. They have made this experience (competing in a foreign country) a lot easier."

He finished fifth in the 400-meter freestyle and eighth in the 100-meter butterfly finals, and he was edged by .09 seconds for a spot in the 100-meter freestyle final.

Scholz also added the American 50-meter butterfly record to his cache of honors, turning in a time of 32.17 over the first half of the 100-meter butterfly final.

He will return to Baltimore this week, with Loyola Head Coach Brian Loeffler, and begin training with his teammates for the 2008-2009 Loyola swimming schedule. The Greyhounds host their annual Green-Grey Meet on Saturday, September 27, 2008, at 2 p.m.