Off The Board with Samantha Scheck
Senior Diver Excited For Upcoming Season
Off the Board is a new weekly feature that gives Mean Green swimming and diving fans the opportunity to get to know the athletes better. Senior Samantha Scheck headlines this weeks edition.
Q: How does Denton differ from your hometown?
A: Denton is a lot smaller then my hometown, and I feel like the people are so much nicer. I love the atmosphere here. There’s such a small town feel, which I adore. Also, I love the “weird” culture here in Denton; I’ve always felt like I’m a weird person myself and this place was just made for me. Houston is a lot more industrial and not nearly as friendly and there’s nowhere nearly as much “weirdness”.
Q: Who or what got you into the sport?
A: My mom for the most part. I played so many sports growing up because my parents were very adamant about us staying active and after breaking my arm and quitting gymnastics, my mom was looking into other sports I could do. That was back in 2008 when Laura Wilkinson competed in her 3rd and final Olympic games. She actually dove in The Woodlands which is where I grew up and the club she dove for was only 15 minutes from where I lived. My mom, finding out all that, decided to do a little more research and found out the Laura went straight from gymnastics to diving too and thought I should give it a try. So in December, I joined The Woodlands Diving Academy and fell in love. Thank you Mom!
Q: What is your favorite event to compete in?
A: Well, if I had to choose my favorite event I ever competed in, it would be any one of the synchro events I have competed in. In college, my favorite would probably be 1M.
Q: What event do you hope to never compete in?
A: 10 METER PLATFORM!!! I’ve done it twice before and it was terrifying!!!
Q: What are you looking forward to most about the upcoming season?
Hopefully my best year yet. I’m so ready to just go out with a bang!
Q: What is your favorite sport to watch during the Olympics?
A: Is that a serious question!?!? DIVING OF COURSE!!! But, I also really enjoy watching gymnastics, volleyball, water polo and rugby. Winter Olympics would be ice skating for sure.
Q: Who is your team family?
A: My divers of course, they have been there and have seen my through my best and worst of times. They were my family when I had no one else to turn to during tough time my freshman year and all the hardships that came after. I could not ask for a better group of girls, I love them so much. I also am very close with Sarah VaÏsse she’s helped me through a lot as well she is a great person and friend.
Q: Do you have a hidden (or not so hidden) talent?
A: I am actually quite the artist. I have done a couple paintings, one of which I’ve had multiple people ask if they could buy from me. I also sketch a lot as well. Oh, and I am what I like to call a “Fun Fact Generator,” I’m really good at remembering cool random facts that people could probably their whole life without knowing.
Q: If you could trade places with one person, who would it be and why?
A: I would probably trade place with Ellen DeGeneres, because she is such an incredible person with such an amazing heart and I could dream of being as great as her. I would love to affect the world as much as she does.
Q: As a senior, what will you miss most about the team?
A: I am going to miss diving for sure even though I hate waking up early. I’m still going miss the thrill diving brings. Most importantly though, I’m going to miss the friends I made here especially my diving family.