A freshman Razorback diver is the only Southeastern Conference diver to be selected to the 2018 USA diving high performance squad, according to the Arkansas Athletics website.
This particular squad is broken up into three tiers. Brooke Schultz was selected to the top tier along with six members from the 2016 U.S. Olympic team and 11 members from the 2017 International Swimming Federation World Championships.
As a Razorback, Schultz has never placed outside of the podium in any dual meet. This season she has placed ten times as first: five times in the one-meter dive and five times in the three-meter.
The freshman star has won SEC Diver of the Week five times, which is most in school history. She was tabbed SEC Female Freshman of the Week on Jan. 16, marking the first time she earned that honor. She is the first freshman to earn that title since Madison Stratham was given the honor four times during the 2015-16 season.
At the commencement of the 2018 season, Schultz participated in the Tennessee Invitational on Jan. 3-5. There she beat her own school record on the three meter for the third time this season, and she also won the gold medal in the event.
For the one meter, Schultz finished second in the meet with a 325.70 score to lead all SEC divers.
Schultz battled the No. 7 Tennessee Volunteers on Jan. 13. She placed first in both the one meter, with a score of 344.78, and the three-meter events resulting in a score of 344.18. The closest competitor scored 43.50 fewer points than Schultz on the one meter.
Schultz is a Fayetteville native and has picked up a plethora of accolades over her young career. Before Schultz became a Razorback, she represented America in the 2017 World University Games and the 2017 FINA World Championships. She also holds the record on the one-meter springboard in Arkansas and won the 2014 Arkansas 7A state championship.
“Brooke continues to have a strong freshman season,” Razorback diving coach Dale Schultz said in a press release. “With continued hard work, we are looking for Brooke to have a solid finish in her first year of collegiate diving.”
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