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 Gabriel Hernandez

TRITON NOTES
One-time NCAA Championships qualifier (2017) ... Two-time All-American (400 IM, 200 fly) ... Two All-America honorable mentions (200 IM, 200 breast).

AS A SENIOR IN 2016-17
All-American (400 IM, 200 fly) ... All-America honorable mention (200 IM, 200 breast) ... PCSC Male Swimmer of the Year ... PCSC Championships Male Swimmer of the Meet (top point-getter with maximum 96 from three individual wins) ... UCSD Athlete of the Year ... San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month for March (4/3) ... Three-time CollegeSwimming.com PCSC Swimmer of the Week (11/8, 11/22 and 2/14) ... Two-time PCSC Athlete of the Week (11/8 and 11/22) ... Two-time UCSDtritons.com Athlete of the Week (2/13 and 3/14) ... Led start to finish to win consolation final of 200 IM at NCAA Championships on first night (3/8), lowering own school record down to 1:46.39 from 1:46.89 and touching first by over a full second for ninth overall ... Missed championship final by a mere .04 seconds with prelim time of 1:48.03 ... Won 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 fly at PCSC Championships, all in meet- and school-record times ... Mark of 3:49.95 in 400 IM (2/10) lowered his own school standard and was first automatic NCAA qualifier by a UCSD swimmer ... Also anchored PCSC champion 800 free relay on first night (2/8) ... Made Triton debut at UC Santa Barbara (11/5), swimming to two individual wins and leading UCSD men to first-ever victory over Gauchos ... Broke senior teammate Zach Yong's school record (3:52.78) in 400 IM by timing 3:52.52 in prelims at A3 Performance Invitational (11/18), but did not swim in final ... Placed third in 200 IM (1:48.95) on first night of A3 (11/17).

INTERNATIONAL
Swims for the Venezuela national team ... Competed at the 2014 South American Games in Santiago, Chile.

AT GOLDEN WEST
Attended Golden West College in Huntington Beach for the back end of the 2013-14 academic year, and then in 2014-15 and 2015-16 ... 2014 Orange Empire Conference (OEC) Swimmer of the Meet for OEC champs ... Two-time CCCAA State Championships Swimmer of the Meet (high points) in 2014 and 2015, leading Rustlers to back-to-back state crowns at East Los Angeles College ... Won two individual events at state meet in 2015, including 200 fly (1:48.69), recording three fastest splits over first 150 yards ... 2015 state runner-up in 200 IM (1:49.87) ... Won three events at 2014 state meet, in 200 fly (1:47.45), 200 IM and 400 IM (3:53.20, breaking 13-year-old meet record by 1.64 seconds and winning by over nine), while also leading off first-place 200 medley relay (1:31.35) and first-place 800 free relay (6:44.88, winning by 7.46 seconds).

CLUB
Competed for Colegio de Abogados Club in Valencia, Venezuela.

HIGH SCHOOL
A 2010 graduate of Colegio Privado Patria Soberana in Valencia, Venezuela.

PERSONAL
Born Nov. 19 in Venezuela ... Both parents attended University of Carabobo in Venezuela ... Communication major with a business minor at Sixth College ... Top swimming memory is representing his country at the 2014 South American Games ... Enjoys hikes and walks ... Favorite athlete is U.S. swim legend Michael Phelps ....

Position: Individual Medley/Butterfly
Height: 5'8"
Year: Senior
City/State: Valencia, Venezuela
High School: Colegio Patria Soberana
Other College: Golden West College
College: Sixth
Major: Communication
Experience: Junior College
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