Grace Hernandez
Grace Hernandez

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Chico, Calif.

High School:
Pleasant Valley

Event:
Freestyle

Birthdate:
05/02/1995



07/14/2014

Twelve Boilers Recognized as Scholar All-Americans by CSCAA

Purdue women garner Scholar All-America Team award for 3.40 team GPA.

04/22/2014

Season Recap: Boilers Post 5 New Records, Send 10 to NCAAs

Matthews wins 1-meter diving Big Ten title; Mercer claims 3 Swimmer of the Week awards.

03/23/2014

Tweardy Earns All-America Honors, Purdue Places 25th

Junior finishes eighth in championship final of platform diving.

03/19/2014

Ten Boilermakers to Represent Purdue Women at NCAAs

Purdue to have entries in as many as 11 different events.

03/05/2014

Seven Swimmers to Represent Purdue Women at NCAAs

Sheets earns a berth for the third consecutive season; Marr & Mercer to race individually.

09/11/2014

2014-15 Purdue Team Photos

Purdue Women's Swimming & Diving 2014-15 team photos

02/26/2014

Big Ten Triple Duals

Purdue hosts Big Ten Triple Duals

11/12/2013

Notre Dame @ Purdue

Women's Swimming & Diving photos from 11/1/13 dual meet

11/07/2013

Indiana Intercollegiates Mega Gallery

More photos from the home opening meet.

Purdue Personal Preferences
Favorite Pro Team: Sacramento Kings
Favorite Aquatic Center (Other Than Purdue): Stanford
Person She'd Like to Have Dinner With: Beyoncé
In Her MP3 Player: Beyoncé
Last Concert She Attended: Drake
Favorite Author: Gillian Flynn
Last Book She Read: The Likeness by Tana French
Favorite Actor & Actress: Jesse Williams, Taylor Kitsch & Kristin Wiig
Favorite Month: May
Favorite Holiday: Easter
Favorite Food: All things Mexican
Favorite Dessert: Ice cream
Favorite Purdue Building: Mackey
Unique Travel Locale: Honduras
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Hiking
Another Sport She Enjoys Playing: Soccer
Favorite Thing About the Boilermaker Aquatic Center: Chocolate milk fridge
Furry Friend: Hobbes, Golden Retriever & Ellie May, Yorkie Poo

2013-14: NCAA Championships Qualifier (Relays)... CSCAA Scholar All-America... Hernandez competed primarily in the freestyle sprints... was a member of Purdue's top relay teams of the season in the 200 and 400 free as well as the 400 medley relays... competed in the 400 free relay at NCAAs, joining teammates Emily Fogle, Rhiannon Sheets, Allie Davis and Nika Karlina Petric as recent Purdue swimmers to qualify as freshmen... season-best times in the 100 (50.34, 4th) and 200 free (1:48.78, 5th) both ranked among the top five on the team in 2013-14... recorded her top times in the 50 (23.24) and 200 free at the Big Ten Championships, where she also raced with the 400 free and 400 medley relays... contributed to eight relay winners throughout the season to rank second on the team... won the 100 free in the dual meet victories vs. Miami (Ohio) and Hawaii... touched first in the 50 free at the Indiana Intercollegiates... won the 500 free in the dual meet victory vs. Michigan State in the only time she raced in the event all season... swam on both relay winners at the November Quad meet, anchoring the 200 medley team to victory... runner-up in the B final of the 100 free at the Ohio State Invitational to account for five team points... also qualified for the B finals of the 50 and 200 free at Ohio State... season-best time in the 100 free was at the Boiler-Make-It NCAA Last Chance Meet, the same day in which the 200 free relay team posted its best mark of the year.

Before Purdue: Hernandez was a four-year varsity letter-winner for coach Christine Lockhart... four-time NSCIF Swimmer of the Year and PVHS most valuable swimmer... selected as the top senior athlete of her graduating class after also being a standout performer in soccer and track... helped lead her team to the 2012 EAL and NSCIF titles... also part of EAL championship teams with soccer and track... four-year NSCIF individual scholastic achievement award winner in swimming and soccer... Junior Nationals qualifier with her Chico Aqua-Jets club team, highlighted by being a finalist in the 50 free... Chico Mayor's Award... AP Scholar and National Hispanic Scholar... PVHS math department award.

Personal: Full name is Grace Elizabeth Hernandez... born in Chico, Calif.... parents are Mike and Jill Hernandez... family also includes older siblings Sarah, Nick, David and Henry... part of an athletic family: both of her parents and all four siblings competed in college sports... father wrestled and played water polo at Fresno State; mother was a swimmer and cross country runner at Cal... sister Sarah swam at Wisconsin; brothers David and Henry swam at Pacific and Stevens, respectively... brother David wrestled at Cal Poly... majoring in engineering.