Cristina Samaniego
Cristina Samaniego
Height: 5-4
Year: Junior
Hometown: Avon, Conn.
High School: Avon
Position: Diver
Major: Nursing

2017-18 Season: Competed in eight meets for the Sharks ... Posted 14 top-five finishes and scored 102 points to rank 16th on the team ... Finished fifth on both the one and three meters boards at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association Championship in February with 296 points in six dives on the one-meter board and 258-45 points in six dives on the three-meter board ... Placed third in both the one and three-meter events at the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championship in early December ... Placed second on both the one and three-meter boards to score eight points vs. University of New England on November 18.

2016-17 Season: Named to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference All-Conference team after winning the three-meter diving event ... Made her collegiate debut by finishing second on both the one and three-meter boards vs. Westfield State University on October 22 ... Scored 108 points to rank 13th on the team and was the highest-scoring diver for the Sharks ... Finished either first or second eight times on the one-meter board and seven times on the three-meter board ... Scored four straight victories from October 29 to November 12, including two each on the one and three-meter boards, respectively ... Scored a career-best 286.80 points on 11 dives on the three-meter board and placed fourth on the one-meter board at the GNAC Championship on December 3 ... Placed fifth on the one-meter board at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association Championship with a personal-best score of 269.60 points on 11 dives on February 16 ... Posted a personal-record score of 169.27 points on six dives to place first on the three-meter board and also finished first on the one-meter board vs. Gordon College and Elms College on October 29 ... Recorded a career-best effort of 187.80 points on six dives to place second on the one-meter board and also finished second on the three-meter board vs. Plymouth State University on January 7 ... Won on both the one and three meter boards vs. Wellesley College on November 12 as one of three diving event sweeps of the season.

High School/Personal: 
Lettered in swimming and diving and also earned four letters in cheerleading and competed for two years on the Junior Varsity tennis and track & field teams for Avon High School ... Set the Falcons school scoring record for six dives and 11 dives for the AHS swimming & diving squad as a senior ... Chosen a Captain for the Avon High cheerleading team prior to her junior and senior seasons ... Named a Scholar-Athlete all four years at Avon High School ... Competed for Trinity College Club Diving from 2016-18 ... Member of National Honors Society at AHS ... Member of the Tri-M Music Honors Society as well as the Musical Theater and Chamber Choir ... Member of the Animal Welfare Club ... Volunteered as a Blood Donor Ambassador for Red Cross Blood Drives ... Born May 9, 1998 ... Majoring in Nursing with a minor in Business at Simmons and would like to pursue a career as a Nurse ... Daughter of Michele Ryan and Romulo Samaniego ... Serves as an Executive Board Member of Simmons Nursing Association ... Enjoys cooking and crafting.