Prior to 2000, Scott Goldblatt had never finished better than fifth in the 200-meter freestyle at a major national meet. That changed at the 2000 Olympic Trials when Goldblatt finished second to Josh Davis in the 200, edging third-place Chad Carvin by just .05 seconds to earn a spot on the Olympic Team. Davis set an American record of 1 minute, 47.26 seconds in the meet. Goldblatt's best finish in the 200 at nationals came in 1997 when he placed fifth in the spring meet. He also placed second in the 400 freestyle at that competition.
Before the 2000 Olympic Trials, Goldblatt returned to his home state of New Jersey for one-onone coaching with the blessing of his notoriously intense Texas coach, Ed Reese. He returned to the tutelage of Jim Wood, his coach since junior high school. The night Goldblatt made the Olympic Team, his father, Lester, was an official working at the meet. Goldblatt started swimming at the age of 3 when he was let loose in a baby pool at a swim club in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. Goldblatt is in his senior year at the University of Texas, where he is majoring in sports management.
Scott won a silver medal in the Men's 4 x 50 Meter Freestyle Relay.