Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday

Samantha Pickens
Samantha Pickens


Murrysville, Pa.

High School:
Franklin Regional

Height / Weight:
5-2 / 106



Cordes, Pickens and Quintero Earn Pac-12 Honors

Kevin Cordes was named swimmer of the year, Samantha Pickens was named diver of the year and Rafael Quintero earned newcomer of the year by the Pac-12


History Made at the NCAAs

The Wildcats Swimming and Diving teams made history at the NCAA Championships


Wildcats Break Records on Final Night of NCAAs

Junior Margo Geer won a national championship in the 100 free, her second title of the week at NCAAs


Geer and Pickens Claim Titles on Day One of NCAAs

Margo Geer and Samantha Pickens earned their first individual national titles


Women's S&D Set for NCAA Championships

The competition takes place Thursday-Saturday at the IUPUI Natatorium

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 and 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.

Major: Psychology

Spends free time: Hanging out with family, shopping, playing with dogs.

Why Arizona: I fell in love with the team atmosphere and I loved the coaching staff.

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