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Scholz's Paralympics Experience 'Incredible'; Quest For Medals Continues Tonight
Sept. 10, 2008
BEIJING, China - Loyola College sophomore swimmer Phillip Scholz has been in the Beijing for just short of a week, but his time has already be amazing.
"This has been an incredible experience," Scholz said over the phone. "Everyone has been very hospitable and friendly. They have made this experience (competing in a foreign country) a lot easier."
Scholz began his five-event program at the 2008 Paralympic Games on Monday evening (Baltimore time) in the Water Cube, made famous by Michael Phelps and others during the 2008 Summer Olympics last month.
"It was a great feeling diving into that water," Scholz said. "You just flow right through it."
In his first preliminary heat, Scholz finished fourth and advanced to the final of the 100-meter butterfly. He then placed eighth in the final of the event Tuesday morning.
"I was scared out of my mind going up there," Scholz said. "(The race) didn't go as well as I would've liked, but I feel more comfortable now with how things work (at the Paralympics)."
The experience continues tonight for Scholz as he takes to the Water Cube pool again in the 400-meter freestyle, one of his top events.
"I am looking forward to the 400," said Scholz. "I am ranked high up there, so I think I have a good shot at a medal. I would like to get one of them, they seem very cool."
Complete results from the Paralympic Games are available on the Paralympics Home Page.
Swimming will be webcast on UniversalSports.com. Click on the link for time and details.
Scholz's Schedule at the 2008 Paralympics
Monday, September 8 - 9:44 p.m. - 100m Butterfly (S11) Heat 2