Fred Baird Athlete Profile

Fred Baird

Fred Baird
Height: 5-9 Weight: 165 Roster Years: 1966-1970 Hometown: San Diego, CA Hall of Fame: 1983

  • 1983 Men's Swimming & Diving




All-America

  • 1968 First Team 100-meter fly
  • 1968 First Team 200-meter fly
  • 1969 First Team 200-meter fly

1983 Hall of Fame Inductee

When Fred came to BYU from San Diego, he already was an accomplished swimmer having been selected as a high school All-America in the 100-yard butterfly in 1965 and 1966. Not only was he an All-American but also he was selected to San Diego's Breitboard Hall of Fame as the fastest high school swimmer in the United States in the 100-yard butterfly. Needless to say, the Cougar coaches had great hopes for Fred.

Fred lived up to all expectations and went on to become one of BYU's greatest swimmers. As a freshman he set an NCAA record in the 200-yard butterfly. Fred terrorized WAC opponents as he was crowned WAC champion in the 100-yard and 200-yard butterfly in 1967, 1968 and 1969. Fred was undefeated in the 200-yard butterfly during his dual-meet career at BYU.

As a Cougar, Fred brought national attention to BYU by being named an All-American in both the 100- and 200-yard butterfly in 1969.

During his BYU career, Fred completed in various indoor and outdoor national swimming championships. He placed third in the 200-yard butterfly at the indoor nationals in 1968 and also finished third in the outdoor national in the same year.