Kristen Bates - 2012
PRs: 50 Free (24.18); 100 Free (51.81); 100 Breast (1:02.30); 200 Breast (2:18.39)
Sophomore (2012-13): Competed at 2012 AT&T Winter Nationals in Austin, Texas…swam 100 Breast to place 30th (1:02.79)…Won the 100 Breast (1:04.04) and placed 2nd in the 200 Breast (2:21.63) at the 2012 Wingate Fall Frenzy.
Freshman (2011-12): CCSA Champion in the 100 Breast (1:02.30, NCAA B-Cut, GSU record)... Runner-up in 200 Breast (2:18.39)... Finished 14th in 50 Free (24.18)... Swam on 400 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay, resetting both GSU records... All-CCSA performer in 100 and 200 Breast, 200 and 400 Medley Relays and 400 Free Relay.
Prep: Attended Starr's Mill High School... Senior captain... Set school records in the 50 Free, 100 Free and 100 Breast... Part of 3-time State Championship team in 200 Medley Relay (Breast)... first-team all-state (once) and second-team all-state (twice) selection ... Named Most Valuable Swimmer her senior year... Three-time Scholastic All-American... Swam for the Southern Crescent Aquatic Team.
Personal: Full name is Kristen Leigh Bates... Daughter of Douglas and Angela Bates... Born on March 26, 1992... Has a brother Nathan... Most admires her mom, dad and grandmother... Biggest influence is her dad "because he always encouraged me to be the I could and to do what I love no matter what"... Most treasured possession is her family "because I would be nothing without them"... Enjoys volleyball, reading, baking, tanning, shopping and watching baseball... Moment in history she would most want to see is the 2006 World Series... Talent she would most like to have is the ability to sing and dance... Chose Georgia Southern because of the campus and location... Career objective is to become a pharmacist... Favorites: music - country; songs - Honey Bee, Fighter, When I Look at You; food - grapefruit and Italian cuisine; movies - Burlesque, Tangled, Water for Elephants; athletes - Tim Hudson and Natalie Coughlin