Dec. 7, 2009
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Loyola swimmer Philip Scholz set three new PanAmerican and American records at the 2009 IPC Swimming World Championships, held Monday at the Julio Delamare Aquatic Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Scholz took home a gold, two silvers and a bronze medal on the day, with a victorious showing in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:45.33. The mark was a new PanAmerican and American Record.
The junior from Mount Sinai, N.Y., also took home a pair of silvers in the 100-meter butterfly and freestyle events, clocking in at 1:08.62 and 1:01.24, respectively. Both times are also new PanAmerican and American Records.
Scholz also earned a bronze medal in the 200-meter individual medley, touching the wall in 2:43.48.
Scholz, who is legally blind, competes in the S11 category at Paralympic competitions. He holds six American records and also competed for the United States at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, China.