Paulina Sierra Samano
Paulina Sierra Samano can best be described as tenacious and determined. She symbolizes the Nike slogan, “Just Do It.” Whether academically or athletically, Paulina always strived to be the best she could be. She completed her degree with a double major and one minor in just three years.
More importantly, she left an indelible mark on the women’s tennis program. She was a three-time All Centennial Conference first-team selection in both singles and doubles. In 1996, she won her second consecutive conference singles championship and was voted the Centennial Conference Player of the Year. Samano played in the NCAA Division III National Tournament twice and reached the semifinals in doubles in 1997 to earn All-American status.
While attaining a national singles ranking of 33rd, Samano compiled a career singles record of 55-10. In doubles, Paulina teamed with countrywoman Anabel Flores to secure national rankings of 11th in 1996 and fifth in 1997. Their overall record was 42-12. She was her team’s captain all three years and was team MVP in 1995.
Off the court, Paulina was involved in student government, the writing workshop, the soccer club, and The Elm, and was a Sophie Kerr candidate. Her junior year, she was selected by the World Bank for an internship in Bolivia.
Paulina is married to Pablo Baroja and is the mother of two sons, Andres and Nicolas. She is currently assistant coordinator for a project called “Tuning Latin America” at Deusto University in Bilbao, Spain.
Throughout her college experience, Paulina always dreamed of being Mexico’s first female president. Knowing her, that dream may someday become a reality.