AN INDIANA prep diver, with Ohio Valley roots, is drawing heavy interest from college recruiters.
Samantha Reese is a junior at St. Joseph's High School in South Bend, Ind. She is the daughter of Don and Janie Reese, both Martins Ferry High grads.
Samm's latest pool accomplishments came at the recent Indiana State Championships. She earned a spot on the medals podium, taking home eighth place at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis.
That comes on the heels of her regional championship, a competition where she garnered a whopping 437.65 points, outdistancing her nearest foe by 41 points.
The St. Joseph's 1-meter springboard standout has enjoyed a remarkable junior campaign. She won all of her dual meets before submerging as sectional and regional champion. Samm was also the titlist in the South Bend City meet, the Mishawaka Invitational and the Northern Indiana Conference Championships.
Her diving prowess has her clearly in the sights of college recruiters. Samm has been contacted by more than 150 colleges. Of that total, 35 are of the solid Division I variety.
Samm's dad, Don, was a standout quarterback for the Purple Riders in the 1970s. Her mother, Janie, meanwhile, is the daughter of Bellaire High and WVU hoop legend Lee Patrone.
Samm is also the niece of Martins Ferry boys' assistant basketball coach and athletic director Kim Appolloni.
Don's parents still reside in Martins Ferry.
Samm cut her athletic teeth in gymnastics. She has been a seven-year competitive gymnast, climbing to level nine.
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