Tristan Baker Schultz Athlete Profile

Tristan Baker Schultz

Tristan Baker Schultz
Position: Diving Height: 5-4 Roster Years: 1984-1986 Hometown: Challis, ID Hall of Fame: 1998

  • 1998 Women's Swimming & Diving




All-America

  • 1985 CSCAA First Team 3-meter board
  • 1986 CSCAA First Team 1-meter board
  • 1986 CSCAA First Team 3-meter board

1998 Hall of Fame Inductee

BYU's first women's diving All-American, Tristan Baker-Schultz rewrote the BYU and High Country Athletic Conference record books during her two years in Provo.

Her point-totals of 453.35 on the 1-meter springboard in 1986 and 565.1 on the 3-meter springboard in 1985 stood as BYU records until 1994. They remain the best scores ever achieved in the HCAC.

Tristan began diving at age 14, after shattering her ankle at a gymnastics meet and being forced to give up that sport.

Just four years later she won the Utah State diving title for East High School and performed well enough to capture the attention of Olympic diving coach Ron O'Brien. Invited by O'Brien to train with him in preparation for trying out for the 1984 Olympic team, Baker-Schultz elected to give up her senior year of high school to take the opportunity.

Her five years of training with O'Brien culminated in a successful 1984 season that included a fourth-place finish at the U.S. Indoor Championships and a sixth-place finish at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

With two years of college eligibility left, Tristan, a prep honor student, decided to come to BYU to work toward a degree and dive for the Cougars.

Her first year at BYU, she won the HCAC crowns in both the 1- and 3-meter springboard events and was named all-conference. She went on to qualify for the NCAA Championships by winning the 3-meter title and finishing second on the 1-meter at the Zone E qualifying meet. At nationals she earned All-America honors with a third-place finish on the 3-meter board.

In 1986 she repeated her HCAC victories, breaking her own conference record on the 1-meter board. At the NCAA Championships she earned two more All-America awards for finishing fifth on the 1-meter springboard and third on the 3-meter.

While earning honors for BYU, Baker-Schultz continued to dive as a member of the U.S. National Team. During the summer of 1985, she finished second on the 3-meter springboard at the U.S. Indoor Championships, earned a silver medal at the U.S. Sports Festival, and claimed a bronze medal at the World University Games in Kobe, Japan.

After completing her collegiate eligibility, Tristan represented America at the Goodwill Games in Russia, where she placed fourth overall - first among U.S. divers. That summer she finished third at the U.S. Olympic Festival and third at the U.S. Nationals. In 1988 she won both U.S. National Championships, indoor and outdoor, and again competed at the Olympic Trials.

Baker-Schultz earned Cougar Club and HCAC academic honors both years she attended BYU. She was the 1986 recipient of the Outstanding Senior Female Athlete award before graduating from the university with a degree in zoology in 1989.

Personal

  • B.S. in zoology from BYU, 1989

Career Highlights

  • Held HCAC records on both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards and was named All-HCAC in diving in 1985
  • Academic All-HCAC and Cougar Club Academic Athlete for fall semester 1984
  • At 1985 NCAA nationals, she placed third on the 3-meter board with 474.95 points to win an All-America award--the first All-American award given to a BYU female diver
  • During the 1985 spring and summer competition, she won high placements in 3-meter diving, competing against several former Olympians
  • Second at U.S. nationals to earn a spot on the U.S. national team
  • Fourth at Fort Lauderdale internationals
  • Third at USA/China dual meet in Orlando
  • Second at Sixth National Sports Festival in Baton Rouge
  • Third to lead the USA contingent at World University Games in Kobe, Japan
  • Former BYU record holder in the 3-meter board (565.10)

Before BYU

  • Began diving at the age of 14
  • Won the Utah State diving title for East high School
  • Was invited by Olympic diving coach Ron O’Brien to train with him in preparation for trying out for the 1984 Olympic team
  • Trained four years with O’Brien and finished fourth-place at the U.S Indoor Championships in 1984
  • Finished sixth at the U.S. Olympic Trials
  • Honor student

After BYU

  • Represented America at the Goodwill Games in Russia
  • Competed in the U.S. Olympic Festival and U.S. Nationals
  • Competed in the 1988 Olympic Trials

Post BYU Honors and Societies

  • Placed fourth overall and first among U.S. divers at the Goodwill Games
  • Finished third at the U.S. Olympic Festival and third at the U.S. Nationals
  • Won the 1988 U.S. National Championships, indoor and outdoor
  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in 1998


1984-1985 | Freshman Year

  • Won the HCAC crowns in the 1- and 3-meter springboard events
  • Named all-conference
  • Went on to qualify for the NCAA Championships by winning the 3-meter title
  • Finished second on the 1-meter at the Zone E qualifying meet
  • Earned All-American honors at nationals with a third-place finish on the 3-meter board
  • Her point-total of 453.35 on the 1-meter springboard stood as the BYU record until 1994 and still stands as the best score ever achieved in the HCAC
  • Earned Cougar Club and HCAC academic honors
  • During the summer, dove as a member of the U.S. National Team
  • Finished second on the 3-meter board at the U.S. Indoor Championships, earned a silver medal at the U.S. Sports Festival and claimed a bronze medal at the World University Games in Kobe, Japan

1985-1986 | Sophomore Year

  • Repeated her HCAC victories, breaking her own conference record on the 1-meter board
  • Earned two more All-America awards at the NCAA Championships for finishing fifth on the 1-meter springboard and third on the 3-meter
  • Her point-total of 565.1 on the 3-meter springboard in stood as a BYU record until 1994 and stands as the best score ever achieved in the HCAC
  • Earned Cougar Club and HCAC academic honors
  • Recipient of the Outstanding Senior Female Athlete award before graduating