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Samantha PICKENS
Sport Diving
NOC United States   
Born04 Jul 1991 in Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Height1.52 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Midland, TX, USA
Athlete, Coach
Higher education
Psychology - University of Arizona: Tucson, AZ, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began diving at age 13 in Pittsburgh, PA, United States of America.
Club / Team
City of Midland Aquatics: United States
International Debut
Competing for
United States
General Interest
Sam (msn.com, 25 Mar 2020)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (wreg.com, 29 Mar 2021)
She missed the 2014 diving season after tearing ankle ligaments in a trampolining accident. (triblive.com, 19 May 2015)

She won a state title in her freshman year of high school despite competing with a stress fracture to one of her vertebra. Two weeks later she was put in a plastic brace for the next four months, with one doctor indicating she might never be able to dive again. The injury resurfaced during her first year of college at the University of Arizona in Tucson, United States of America. (triblive.com, 16 May 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2013 and 2015 she was named Women's Diver of the Year by the Pac-12 Conference in the United States of America. (pac-12.com, 01 Apr 2015)
Other information
Her Olympic dreams started to take hold when she competed at collegiate level for the University of Arizona. In 2018 she moved her training base from Tucson, Arizona, to Midland, Texas, to train for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "I finally started to buy into that mentality that, 'Okay, I really don't want to be just a college diver anymore'. I want to go even further, I want to go to the world championships, I want to be a top placer at Olympic trials. I went to the University of Arizona and dove there for five years. I had heard that maybe I could make the Olympic team. I heard wonderful things about the programme [at City of Midland Aquatics] and I'm so happy to be part of it." (wreg.com, 29 Mar 2021; COM Aquatics Facebook page, 22 Jun 2019)

Between 2014 and 2017 she studied for a master's degree in educational psychology at the University of Arizona in the United States of America. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2019)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Preliminary round 2015 Kazan, RUS 1m Springboard 237.90
7 2013 Barcelona, ESP 3m Springboard Synchro 284.64
Preliminary round 2013 Barcelona, ESP 1m Springboard 232.65
Grand Prix
Rank Year Venue Event Result
13 2020 Madrid, ESP 3m Springboard 283.85
3 2015 San Juan, PUR 3m Springboard 290.70
17 2013   3m Springboard  
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
9 2014 London, ENG 3m Springboard Synchro 260.73
6 2014 Monterrey, MEX 3m Springboard Synchro 279.87
8 2014 Windsor, ON, CAN 3m Springboard Synchro 259.74