Hailey Hernandez, Jack Ryan Win 1-Meter National Titles

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Hailey Hernandez, Jack Ryan Win 1-Meter National Titles

Hailey Hernandez and Jack Ryan were crowned 1-meter springboard champions at the 2023 USA Diving National Championships on Saturday.

Hernandez, of the University of Texas, claimed the women’s event. Stanford University’s Ryan won the men’s. Both winners will compete at this summers World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, as will runners-up Joslyn Oakley and Lyle Yost. (The 1-meter springboard is not an Olympic event.)

Hernandez, a Tokyo Olympian in the 3-meter women’s synchro, scored 530.10 points to win gold Saturday at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park in Morgantown, West Virginia. Just 20 years old, Hernandez has won her third 1-meter national title and seventh overall.

Her score was 28.5 points clear of Oakley, who dives for Texas A&M. Bridget O’Neil added her second medal of the week in third in 494.15, to go with 3-meter mixed synchro bronze.

Hernandez was 18 points up on a crowded field after prelims. Her 58.50 points on a front two-and-a-half pike was the highest of the competition.

“I’m super excited,” Hernandez told USA Diving. “It always feels good to be out there and compete. I’m really happy with the results today, and it gives me good confidence heading into 3-meter.”

Oakley was fourth after prelims before a strong first finals dive moved her into third. She leapt ahead of O’Neil in the final round, executing an identical front one-and-a-half with two twists better.

Ryan earned his second national title of the week, having paired with Krysta Palmer for the mixed 3-meter synchro crown. Ryan scored 776.90 points, besting the field by more than 30 points. Yost, the reigning NCAA 1-meter champion at Ohio State, finished second with the University of Texas’s Nick Harris third.

“Today was good,” Ryan said. “Prelims were super smooth for me. I felt calm and strong all the way through. I was definitely a little shaky in finals. I missed the hurdle on my front 3 ½, but I think I saved it pretty well. The last three dives, I just had to put them down. It feels so good.”

2023 USA Diving National Results

Night 4

Women’s 1-meter Final
  1. Hailey Hernandez, Longhorn Aquatics, 530.10
  2. Joslyn Oakley, Unattached, 501.60
  3. Bridget O’Neil, Longhorn Aquatics, 494.15
  4. Isabel Baley, City of Midland, 463.75
  5. Mayson Richards, Unattached, 463.35
  6. Katerina Hoffman, Knight Diving Academy, 460.75
  7. Carolina Sculti, Crown Valley Divers, 452.25
  8. Makayla Hughbanks, University of Iowa Diving, 447.30
Men’s 1-meter Final
  1. Jack Ryan, Unattached, 776.90
  2. Lyle Yost, Unattached, 746.25
  3. Nick Harris, Longhorn Aquatics, 726.75
  4. Noah Duperre, Longhorn Aquatics, 705.95
  5. Zachary Welsh, Mission Viejo Nadadores Dive, 653.00
  6. Brendan McCourt, Longhorn Aquatics, 649.15
  7. Joshua Sollenberger, The Indiana International School of Diving, 647.35
  8. Gage Dubois, Unattached, 638.70
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