Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Samantha Pickens
Position: Diving
Height: 5'2"
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Murrysville, Pa.
High School: Franklin Regional

- 2015 NCAA Champion in the 1m

- 2015 Pac-12 Champion in the 1m

- 2013 National Champion in the 1m dive.

- First Arizona female to win a national title in diving.

- Won the 1m title at the World Championship Trial 

- Two-time All-American in the 1m competition and All-American in the 3m

- CSCAA Scholar All-American honoree

2014-15: Won a NCAA title in the 1-meter (345.90) and Pac-12 title in the 1-meter (351.55)…Named Pac-12 Diver of the Year…Earned Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention honors…Named Arizona Athletics’ Female Senior of the Year…Finished first in every 1-meter competition of the season, including a title at USA Diving National Championships (566.35) and NCAA Zones (639.35)…At NCAA Zones, she finished second in the 3-meter with 652.90 while she took eighth in the event at NCAA Championships with 318.00…At Pac-12 Championships, she placed second in the 3-meter (352.95)…Took first in 3-meter at seven out of the ten meets…Holds the school record for a championship meet in the 1-meter from her score at Pac-12s.   

2013-14: Won the 1-meter competition in the season opening meet against Utah…Won the 1-meter and 3-meter titles at the Wildcat Diving Invite…An injury kept her out of competition the rest of the season.

2012-2013: Named Pac-12 Diver of the Year…Named the Pac-12 Diver of the Month for the month of January…Earned a second-place finish in the 3m finals at the Pac 12 Championships…Earned a win in the 3m dive with a score of 348.15 and in the 1m dive with a score of 313.43 versus Hawai’i.

2011-12: Earned a third-place finish on the 3m board with a score of 379.75 and a fourth-place finish on the 1m with a score of 334.55, shattering Tiffany Manning's record's set in 2006 at the NCAA Championships...Named Pac-12 Diver of the Week for January...Broke an Arizona record on the 3m with a score of 364.50 versus No. 4 Texas.

2010-11: Posted a runner-up finish versus USC...Finished in first on the 1m and third on the 3m versus Cal...Won both the 1m and 3m versus Stanford...Finished in second-place on the 1m versus Texas/SMU.

High School: Graduated from Franklin Regional High School...Was named team captain her junior and senior years...Was named Most Valuable Diver...Earned all-district first-team honors, all-state first-team honors and All-America honors all four years...Was undefeated in high school, was the district champion and state champion...Holds the school record for the 6 dive (358.11) and the district record for the 11 dive (605.55).

Personal: Daughter of Jack and Debbie Pickens...Has one brother, David..majoring in psychology.

Personal Bests

1m: 417.89

3m: 410.35

National Teams
2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 Junior National Teams
2007-2008 USA Challenge Team
2013 FINA World Championship and World University Games