Purdue Personal Preferences Favorite Athletes: Kevin Garnett & J.J. Barea
In Her MP3 Player: Empire of the Sum
Last Concert She Attended: Lupe Fiasco
Favorite Actor & Actress: James Franco & Uma Thurman
Favorite Month of the Year: June
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Food: Vegetables
Favorite Purdue Building: Brownstone
Favorite Big City: Dallas
Unique Travel Locale: Maui, Hawaii
Country She'd Most Like to Visit: Greece
Another Sport She Enjoys Playing: Beach Volleyball
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Boating
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: Chris Eckhardt, Psychology
Animal Friend: Garnett, Beta Fish
Other Hobbies/Interests: Arts and Crafts, Running, Tweeting & Napping
2011-12: Distinguished Big Ten Scholar... CSCAA Scholar All-America Honorable Mention... Academic All-Big Ten... Gilson competed primarily in the backstroke events... U.S. Olympic Team Trials qualifier in the 200 back... co-winner of the team's Workhorse Award... her season-best times in the 100 (56.18, 4th) and 200 back (1:58.32, 1st) and 500 free (4:49.13, 4th) all ranked among the top five on the team in 2011-12... finished fourth in the B final of the 200 back with a season-best time at the Big Ten Championships to account for four team points... also posted season-best time in the 500 free at Big Tens... season-best time in the 100 back came while placing fourth in the B final at the Ohio State Invitational... also finished fourth in the A final of the 200 back at Ohio State, accounting for 19 ½ points in Columbus... posted seven individual victories... swept the backstroke events in Senior Salute dual meet win against Michigan State as well as the dual meet victory against Miami... won the 200 back on back-to-back days in the dual wins against Notre Dame and Northwestern... won the C final of the 500 free at Ohio State Invitational... finished her career ranked among the fastest in program history in the 100 (56.18, 9th) and 200 back (1:58.10, 2nd), 500 free (4:49.13, 9th) and 400 IM (4:18.76, 3rd) as well as the freshman-record holder in the 200 back (1:58.10).
2010-11: CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-American... Academic All-Big Ten... Gilson saw action in seven different individual events but saw her most action in the 200 back and 200 IM... her season-best times in the 100 (57.06, 3rd) and 200 back (1:59.82, 2nd), 200 (2:05.33, 3rd) and 400 IM (4:26.55, 2nd) and 500 free (5:01.81, 5th) all ranked among the top five fastest on the team in 2010-11... posted her season-best times in the 200 back and 200 and 400 IM at the Big Ten Championships... finished third in the C final of the 200 back at Big Tens... recorded her season-best time in the 100 back at the Boiler-Make-It Last Chance meet... posted her season-best time in the 500 free at the Indiana Intercollegiates... swam on the 800 free relay teams that posted the fourth and fifth fastest times on the team in 2010-11... helped the 200 free relay team win in the dual meet victory against Eastern Michigan... competed in the 200 and 500 free, 200 back and 200 IM at the Purdue Invitational, advancing to the C final of the 200 back... was among the eight swimmers selected to travel to Dallas for the SMU Classic in October, finishing second in the B final of the 500 free... continues to rank second in program history in the 200 back and 400 IM, freshman-record times from 2009... shared the team's workhorse award with Amy Gutwein and Lauren Roth.
2009-10: Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award...Academic All-Big Ten...CSCAA All-Academic Honorable Mention...anchored fourth-place 800-meter freestyle relay (8/5) and sixth-place 400 freestyle relay (8/4) at ConocoPhillips U.S. National Championships...clocked NCAA provisional-qualifying time of 1:58.30 in 200 backstroke preliminary swim at Big Ten Championships (2/20)...finished 18th in final with 1:58.83 clocking...scored in 14th place in 400 IM at Big Ten Championships (2/19)...time of 4:20.17 was fastest on team...opened season with victory in 100 backstroke and runner-up placing in 200 freestyle at Indiana Intercollegiates (10/10)...also led off second-place 200 medley relay...won 200 backstroke at Miami (10/23) and vs. Michigan State (1/9)...finished third in 200 freestyle and 200 IM at RedHawks...anchored runner-up 800 freestyle relay vs. Spartans (1/7)...swam to runner-up finish in 100 backstroke with season-best 58.13 time vs. Michigan State (1/8)...led off second-place 200 medley relay and took fourth in 100 backstroke and fifth in 200 backstroke at Indiana (1/23)...finished third in 200 backstroke at Big Ten Quad (1/29)...finished eighth in 200 backstroke at Purdue Invitational (11/22).
2008-09: Swam third leg on school-record 800 freestyle relay that stopped clock in 7:17.65 while finishing seventh at Big Ten Championships (2/18)...broke Purdue freshman record and moved to second on school's all-time performance list in 200 backstroke and 400 IM...recorded 200 backstroke time of 1:58.10 while placing 12th at Big Ten Championships (2/21)...time of 4:18.67 in 400 IM at Big Ten Championships broke 18-year-old record...clocked season-best time of 4:52.53 in 500 freestyle at Big Ten Championships (2/19)...finished second in 200 IM with 2:10.84 time and in 500 freestyle with 5:06.27 clocking at Indiana Intercollegiates in first collegiate meet (10/18)...finished third in 100 backstroke with season-best 57.97 time and in 200 backstroke with 2:03.54 clocking in double dual at Miami (10/23)...finished second in 200 backstroke with 2:03.35 clocking and stopped clock in season-best 56.82 time while finishing sixth in 100 backstroke at Northwestern (11/7)...finished second in 200 backstroke with 2:03.40 clocking and led off fourth-place 400 medley relay at Notre Dame (11/8)...also finished fourth in 400 IM with 4:32.49 time and sixth in 200 freestyle with 1:56.28 clocking...led off second-place 400 medley relay, finished second in 200 IM with season-best 2:09.56 time and in 200 backstroke with 2:03.71 clocking at Purdue Challenge (11/14)...also led off fourth-place 200 medley relay (11/15)...won 200 backstroke consolation final in 1:59.47 and swam second leg on 12th-place 400 freestyle relay at Art Adamson Invitational (11/23)...also swam second leg on 17th-place 800 freestyle relay and led off 20th-place 200 medley relay (11/22)...finished second in 1,000 freestyle with season-best time of 10:24.30 and fourth in 200 IM with 2:11.38 time in quadruple dual at Florida Atlantic (1/10)...won 200 backstroke in 2:04.31 at Michigan State (1/17)...finished third in 200 freestyle with 1:54.58 time, in 200 backstroke with 2:05.53 clocking and in 200 IM after touching wall in 2:10.96 at Indiana (1/24)...also led off fourth-place 200 medley relay...finished sixth in 400 IM with 4:30.46 time and swam third leg on seventh-place 400 freestyle relay in Big Ten Duals at Minnesota (1/31)...finished 200 backstroke in 2:22.95 at ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships (7/10)
High School: Graduated with honors from Plano Senior High School in 2008... left with an undefeated season all four years... two-time academic All-American... helped lead her team to district and regional championships three straight years... selected twice as a member of the all-state team... finished third at state as a senior... served as co-captain in final season... 2006 U.S. Open qualifier... graduated in the top six percent of class... active leader in the PSHS Chapter of Habitat for Humanity... member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Given name is Kristen LeAnn Gilson... daughter of Lee and Patty Gilson ... majoring in psychology.