Honors: Honorable Mention All-America (Platform - 2018) ... CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team (2018) … All-ACC Academic (2017, 2018) ... ACC Academic Honor Roll (2017, 2018)
2017-18: Claimed the first All-America honors of his career on the platform at the NCAA Championships ... Placed fourth in the event consolation final and 12th overall for honorable mention accolades ... Became the fourth diver in men’s program history to garner All-America status ... Helped the Blue Devil men tie for 33rd in the final team standings ... Also competed in the one-meter preliminaries at NCAAs, coming in 27th ... Secured his return to the national stage with a top-six finish in one-meter diving at the NCAA Zone B Championships ... Added platform to his list of eligible events at nationals with an eighth-place Zones showing on the platform ... Advanced to event championship finals in two events at ACCs, placing sixth on the three-meter board and the platform ... Took first on the three-meter springboard at No. 25 Virginia (11/3) ... At the program’s end-of-season awards banquet, received recognition for his performance at the NCAA Championships … Over the summer, participated in the Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement Program, a collaborative service initiative between Duke and Stanford ... As a member of ACE, traveled to India to learn from local organizations and community groups in New Delhi concerning health outreach efforts.
2016-17: Won the one-meter competition in his collegiate debut at Virginia Tech's quad dual (10/21) ... Repeated his victory a week later against Northwestern (10/29) ... Finished fourth on the one-meter board at the NC State GAC Invite ... Added a platform victory in a dual meet against No. 13 Virginia (1/20) ... Took first on the three-meter and second on the one-meter in a Duke win at North Carolina (1/29) ... Reached event finals in the one-meter and three-meter events at his first ACC Championship, finishing fifth and eighth, respectively ... Also scored for the Blue Devils with a 15th-place performance in the platform preliminaries ... Competed on all three disciplines at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships, advancing to finals on the three-meter board and the platform ... Garnered a bid to the NCAA Championships with a ninth-place showing on the platform, claiming the last of the nine available qualifying spots on the final day of Zones with a resilient performance in finals ... Represented Duke in the platform competition at NCAAs, placing 36th in preliminaries ... Received an award for Most Outstanding Diving Performance at the program's annual team banquet.
Prior to Duke: Senior nationals qualifier … Claimed his first national title in senior competition in 2016, winning gold on the 1-meter at summer nationals ... Three-time junior nationals finalist on the platform … Captured silver medals on the 1 and 3-meter at junior nationals his sophomore year … NISCA/Speedo high school national champion as a junior … Three-time Texas state champion on the 1-meter … State bronze medalist on the 1-meter as a sophomore ... Competed with GC Diving club program ... Member of National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta (math honor society).
Personal: Born Nathaniel Paul Hernandez March 26, 1998 in San Antonio, Texas ... Son of Richard and Teresa Hernandez ... Has one brother (Zachary) and one sister (Hailey).
Hernandez Career Bests:
One-Meter: 358.80 ... 6th all-time at Duke
Three-Meter: 399.30 ... 5th all-time at Duke
Platform: 371.70 ... 2nd all-time at Duke
At the NCAA Championships:
2017: 36th, Platform ... 260.55
2018: 12th, Platform ... 361.00
27th, One-Meter ... 309.15
At the ACC Championships:
2017: 5th, One-Meter ... 315.05
8th, Three-Meter ...292.45
15th, Platform ... 266.15
2018: 6th, Three-Meter ... 344.90
6th, Platform ... 310.60
12th, One-Meter ... 294.60