Height: 5′ 0”
Birthdate: July 4, 1991
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Hometown: Murrysville, Pa.
Current Residence: Tucson, Ariz.
Education: University of Arizona
Club: Tucson Diving Team
Coach: Omar Ojeda
National Team: 2013, 2014, 2015
Samantha is the daughter of Jack and Debra Pickens and she has an older brother, David. Samantha began diving when she was 13 and now trains six hours a day, six days a week. Her favorite dive is 5152B on 3M and 303B on 1M. Samantha won the NCAA title on 1-meter in 2013. She is a volunteer at Ben’s Bells, which helps inspire, educate, and motivate people to realize the impact of international kindness. Samantha is mastering in psychology and hopes to become a sport psychologist. Away from the pool, she enjoys hiking, arts and crafts, reading, and the Arizona sun. She also loves playing with big dogs (she has a 130-pound St. Bernard).