Samantha Pickens

Birthdate: July 4, 1991
Hometown: Murrysville, Pa.
Current Residence: Tucson, Ariz.
Education: University of Arizona
Club: Tucson Diving Team
Coach: Omar Ojeda
National Team: 2013, 2014


Samantha is the daughter of Jack and Debra Pickens and she has an older brother, David. Samantha began diving when she was 12 and now trains five hours a day, six days a week. Her favorite dive is 5152B on 3-meter. Samantha won the NCAA title on 1-meter in 2013. She is a member of Project Focus, which helps disabled kids in a college setting. Samantha is majoring in psychology and hopes to become a sport psychologist. Away from the pool, she enjoys skiing, shopping and cooking. She also loves playing with big dogs (she has a 130-pound St. Bernard).