Samantha  Lera

Samantha Lera

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Kema, Texas

High School:
Clear Creek High School

Event:
Diving

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CAREER HONORS

CAREER AWARDS
2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2013 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

2014-15 - JUNIOR

DUAL MEET RECAP
  • Lera earned the second-highest scores in both 1 and 3-meter events at UNCW to complete the 1-2 sweeps in both events for the Lady Vol divers.
  • Her score of 277.28 improved on her UNCW score and earned her third place at UNC
  • At the NIKE Cup, scored a career-best of 327.20 on the 3-meter springboard to place fourth. She also had a season high of 291.15 on the 1 meter.
  • Injured in January's Tennessee Invitational and did not compete the rest of the season.

2013-14 - SOPHOMORE

DUAL MEET RECAP
  • Picked up where she left off as a freshman to start her sophomore year, participating in all five fall meets for Tennessee
  • Placed in the top four in all her fall competitions, including a win on the 3-meter springboard to start the year at UNC Wilmington
  • Recorded career bests on both springboards during the Georgia Tech Invitational: the 1-meter (294.15) and the 3-meter (310.90).

SEC RECAP

  • Competed in three preliminaries.
  • Platform Diving (224.80), 1-meter Diving (286.50) and 3-meter Diving (274.55).

2012-13 - FRESHMAN

AWARDS
2013 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

DUAL MEET RECAP

  • Learning from veterans Tori Lamp and Jodie McGroarty, Lera steadily improved in all three diving events in her first season as a Lady Vol. She increased her scores in every event by at least 50 points.
  • Recorded eight top-five finishes on the 1 meter, seven on the 1 meter and five on the platform
  • Cracked the 300-point barrier for the first time on the 3-meter springboard at the Tennessee Invitational, scoring 301.10 and a fifth-place finish.
  • Scored a career best 293.25 on the 1 meter in the finals of the Tennessee Diving Invitational, good for third place

SEC RECAP

  • Scored for the Lady Vols in all three diving events, reaching the A Final in the platform, her top event
  • Placed fifth on platform (299.15) making career best score. The score is the second-best score in program history, runner up to only Lamp.
  • Finished 12th on the 1 meter (271.30) and 15th on the 3 meter (282.25).

NCAA RECAP

  • Made the finals of all three events at the NCAA Zone B Championships
  • Nearly qualified for the final site field, placing fourth on the platform with a two-list combined score of 517.95 to conclude her freshman year

PRIOR TO TENNESSEE

  • A four-time state qualifier at Clear Creek High School, finished in the top 10 in each of her four years at the state meet on the 1-meter boards, highlighted by a fourth-place finish as a junior (466.00)
  • As a senior she qualified for the meet after winning the 1-meter competition with a school- and natatorium-record score of 481.60 at the Class 5A Region VI meet
  • Summer before joining Tennessee, competed at the 2012 Junior National Diving Championships, finishing 20 on the 1 meter (388.25), 22nd on the 3 meter (413.55) and 14th on platform (391.30).

PERSONAL

  • Born November 25, 1993
  • Parents: Jordan and Terri Lera.
  • Recipient of the Chris Abbay Women's Athletics Scholarship Endowment
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