Dec. 8, 2007
College Park, Md. - Loyola freshman Phil Scholz set his third American record of the weekend with a first-place finish in the 1500-meter freestyle at the 2007 U.S. Paralympics Open Swimming Championships at College Park on Saturday. Scholz, who is classified as an S11 blind swimmer, set the record with a swim of 20:47.20 in the event.
"Philip had a great meet this weekend competing against international competition for the first time," said Loyola Head Coach Brian Loeffler. "I am so proud of how he fared against other blind athletes."
Overall, Scholz set American records in the 50-meter butterfly, 800-meter freestyle and 1500-meter freestyle over the three-day competition. He placed first in all three events, breaking the American record in the 800 Free by two minutes.
Scholz also placed second in the 50 Free and took third in the 400 Free against some of the world's top competition. His times in all five of his placing events also give him world ranking at the S11 category.
The U.S. Paralympics Open Swimming Championships fielded over 260 physically disabled athletes from 16 countries, including all members of the U.S. Paralympics Swimming Elite and National Teams. Scholz, who swam for the Greyhounds in the H2Ounds Invitational, will continue to swim for Loyola next semester.
"Personally," added Coach Loeffer. "This weekend was quite an experience for me to see so many disabled athletes competing at such a high level."