Southlake Carroll Product Earns Spot on US Olympic Team

Hailey Hernandez, 18, finished second in the women's 3-meter springboard at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials

Hailey Hernandez competes in the women's 3-meter springboard final during 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials - Diving - Day 7 at Indiana University Natatorium on June 12, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Three months ago Hailey Hernandez won her fourth straight UIL 6A girls' state championship in the 1-meter dive. Saturday, she qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The 18-year-old Southlake Carroll High School product finished second in the women's 3-meter springboard at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Indianapolis on Saturday. The top two finishers earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.

Following the Olympics, Hernandez will continue her career at the University of Texas.

Recently retired Carroll High School diving coach Carolyn Hryorchuk has known Hernandez her entire life and coached her throughout high school.

She said she was a bundle of nerves watching Hernandez achieve a life-long goal.

"I was just screaming on all the dives," Hryorchuk said. "I was just sitting there shaking. And I was just in tears [thinking], 'She's going to the Olympics. She's going.'"

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Hernandez was one of four divers who earned Olympic berths on the U.S. team for Tokyo.

Krysta Palmer earned a second spot on the U.S. Olympic diving team, finishing first in women's 3-meter springboard.

Palmer and partner Alison Gibson earlier made the team in women's 3-meter synchro.

Brandon Loschiavo won the men's 10-meter with 1,421 points. Jordan Windle finished second at 1,401.40 to earn a spot in Tokyo.

Palmer totaled 1,011.95 points, well ahead of Hernandez's 926.55. Palmer had a large enough lead going into her final dive that she was assured of making the team regardless. She proceeded to hit the most difficult dive of the competition, a forward 2 1/2 somersault with two twists pike for 81.60 points.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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