SOMERS, Wis. - University of California San Diego senior Gabriel Hernandez was named Tuesday as the CollegeSwimming Pacific Collegiate Swimming and Diving Conference (PCSC) Men's Swimmer of the Week for the week of Feb. 6-12.
Hernandez, a first-year Triton and native of Valencia, Venezuela, who is a member of the Venezuela national team, gives UCSD eight such honorees for the 2016-17 season. He is a three-time selection.
Hernandez led No. 3 UC San Diego to a ninth consecutive PCSC team title in Monterey Park last Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 8-11, in a one and only conference meet for the Golden West College transfer.
Hernandez produced four wins to earn PCSC Male Swimmer of the Meet distinction. He placed first in all three of his individual events, the 200-yard individual medley, 400 IM and 200 butterfly, contributing the maximum 96 total points while breaking school and meet records in all three. He also anchored the PCSC champion 800 freestyle relay and runner-up 200 medley relay.
Hernandez's time of 3:49.95 in the 400 IM was the season's first A cut by a Triton and booked his NCAA trip.
CollegeSwimming.com expanded its coverage ahead of the 2015-16 season, and the website now selects national swimmers of the week, as well as one male and one female standout for each and every conference, at all levels. The awards are given not through nominations, but based on quality of swims, individual wins and team scores from all submitted meet results from the week in question.
Hernandez will definitely be there, but the official announcement for individual qualifiers to the 2017 NCAA Division II Championships will take place next Wednesday, Feb. 22, with the four-day meet in Birmingham, Ala., March 8-11.