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 Actors & Actress: Jesse Williams, Taylor Kitsch & Kristin Wiig
Favorite Month: May
Favorite Holiday: Easter
Favorite Cuisine: 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 Friends: Hobbes, Golden Retriever & Ellie May, Yorkie Poo
2014-15: Distinguished Big Ten Scholar… Academic All-Big Ten… Hernandez competed primarily in the freestyle sprints… posted season-best times in the 50 (23.43), 100 (50.80) and 200 free (1:49.99) at the Big Ten Championships… her 100 free time ranked third fastest on the team in 2014-15… was part of Purdue’s season-best time in the 400 free relay at the Ohio State Invitational, ranking fifth in program history… along with swimming on the victorious 400 free relay, accounted for 21 team points at the Ohio State Invitational to help Purdue win the meet… qualified for the A final of the 100 and 200 free as well as the B final of the 50 free at Ohio State… won the 100 free and swam on the victorious 400 free relay team in the dual meet win vs. Michigan State.
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.