Samantha  Lera

Samantha Lera

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Kema, Texas

High School:
Clear Creek High School

Event:
Diving

CAREER HONORS

CAREER AWARDS
2016 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2013 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

2015-16 - SENIOR

DUAL MEET RECAP
  • Dove in exhibition at UNC Wilmington and the Orange and White Intrasquad meet but did not compete for the rest of the season after an injury suffered during junior year.

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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