Meet The New Kid: Kristen Gilson

Nov. 29, 2007

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue's latest catch from the deep waters of the Lone Star ‎State is Kristen Gilson, who's coming all the way from Plano to swim with the ‎Boilermakers.‎

The backstroke is Gilson's specialty, but she can also handle the 200 freestyle and ‎individual medley.‎

‎"Additional depth in the backstroke events is what this Purdue team needs, and that is ‎what we can expect and more from Kristen," said assistant coach and recruiting ‎coordinator Darlene Renie. "Her greatest strength lies in the backstroke events, but I ‎foresee her fulfilling an important role in the freestyle events as well. Kristen could be a ‎key relay leg in the 800 and the 400 free Relays. Kristen is a very hard worker who is ‎ready to meet the challenges of NCAA D-I competition."‎

Gilson currently competes for Plano Senior High School as well as the City of Plano club ‎team. She swam with Patriot Aquatics from 1996 through 2002.‎

Gilson's Plano Senior teams have not lost a dual competition since she joined the team in ‎‎2004 and have clinched three-straight regional and district championships, starting in ‎‎2005. Plano Senior placed fourth with Gilson at states in 2005 and 2007, and were state ‎runner-ups in 2006.‎

A two-time high school All American, Gilson is a three-time state qualifier in the 100 ‎back and with the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays. She helped set a high school ‎record with the 200 free relay en route to the 2007 state finals.‎

Gilson's athletic accomplishments also include a 2007 regional title in the 100 back and ‎being part of the Girls' Relay of the Year (200 free) as a sophomore.‎

A two-time junior national and 2006 U.S. Open qualifier, Gilson is co-captain of this ‎season's high school team and is a four-year member of the National Honor Society. She ‎has served as treasurer for Habitat For Humanity in addition to earning high school All-‎American status on two occasions.‎



Gilson, whose hobbies include arts and crafts, baking, running and road biking, says she ‎chose the Boilermakers for their close family atmosphere and is impressed with the ‎team's determination to succeed. Armed with a versatile swimming talents, Gilson is sure ‎to play a major role in the Boilermakers' future success.‎

Gilson's Vitals
Full Name: Kristin LeAnn Gilson
Date of Birth: June 16, 1990
Height: 5-8
Events (Top Times): 100 back (56.74); 200 back (2:01.38); 200 free (1:52.10); 200 IM ‎‎(2:07.33)
Intended Major: Psychology or Genetics

Father: Lee Gilson
Mother: Patty Gilson


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