Off The Board With Cecilia Hernandez
Junior Diver Looking Forward To The Bigger Meets This Year
DENTON - Get to know junior diver Cecilia Hernandez in the second installment of Off the Board.
Name: Cecilia “Ceci” Hernandez
Hometown: Mission, TX
Q: How does Denton differ from your hometown?
A: Overall there is a lot more diversity and it is closer to big cities. The weather actually changes and we go through different seasons, whereas at home it’s hot and humid all year. The landscape is also very different, there are no palm trees!
Q: Who or what got you into the sport?
A: I was a competitive gymnast growing up and after several injuries, my parents decided to pull me out. Once I got into high school, I heard about diving and decided to give it a try. It was a bit of a bumpy ride since diving isn’t a well-developed sport where I’m from. I didn’t have an actual coach or facility. But hey, it brought me this far and I’m thankful for that!
Q: What is your favorite event to compete in?
A: Three meter and platform
Q: What event do you hope to never compete in?
A: Anything swimming!
Q: What are you looking forward to most about the upcoming season?
A: Competing in some of the bigger meets like the Airforce and Texas Invite.
Q: What is your favorite sport to watch during the Olympics?
A: Gymnastics (all around, rhythmic, trampoline) and diving.
Q: Who is your team family?
A: The other divers, of course! Since we’re such a small group, we really get to know each other and we hangout outside of practice and our workouts.
Q: Do you have a hidden (or not so hidden) talent?
A: I can tumble and I can quote every line from the movie Nacho Libre. (And burp like a man, but my mom says that’s not ladylike)
Q: If you could trade places with one person, who would it be and why?
A: I would like to trade places with my grandma. She was such a big part of my up-bringing and I think it would be cool to see what life was like for her at this age. Being in her shoes would give me a better understanding and different view of where I come from and our Hispanic culture.