Dec. 13, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola freshman Phil Scholz has been named the Division I National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week by CollegeSwimming.com after his performance at the 2007 U.S. Paralympics Open Swimming Championships at College Park, Md. this past weekend. Scholz, an S11 blind swimmer for the Greyhounds, set three American Records at the championship meet.
Scholz was one of over 260 physically disabled athletes from 16 countries, including all members of the U.S. Paralympics Swimming Elite and National Teams, to compete at the Paralympics Open meet. Swimming for the first time against international competition, the Loyola freshman exceeded all expectations with three first-place finishes and five top three finishes over the three-day event.
He set American records in the 50-meter butterfly, 800-meter freestyle and 1500-meter freestyle - placing first in all three events. His record-breaking swim in the 800 Free may have been the most impressive as he broke the old American record by two full minutes.
Scholz, who came to Loyola from Mt. Sinai, N.Y., 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.
Scholz joins an impressive list of Division I swimmers have garnered National Swimmer of the Week distinction this season. This year's men's swimming Division I award winners include Albert Subirats from the University of Arizona, Jason Dunford from Stanford, Clark Burckle from the University of Florida, Taylor Smith from the University of Virginia and Michael Wolfe from Tennessee.
Scholz and the Greyhounds are on semester break and will resume competition on January 12 at MAAC rival Rider. Apart from his competition with Loyola, Scholz hopes to compete in the 2008 Paralympics Trials April 2-4.
The CollegeSwimming.com National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week Award is given each week for the top NCAA Division I, II and III swimmers. Underwriting for the weekly award is provided by Counsilman-Hunsake & Associates.