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Rowing Inks Three for 2009
Emily Krison

Emily Krison

Dec. 18, 2008

Jen Bailey

Kaelyn Gibson

Emily Krison

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee women's rowing team has signed three student-athletes as part of its 2009 signing class. Head Coach Lisa Glenn and the Lady Vols will welcome Kaelyn Gibson, Emily Krison and Jen Bailey to UT next fall.

"I think this group of signees bodes really well for our program," Glenn said. "We'll graduate three seniors in the spring, and we have these three coming in right now. Combining them with, hopefully, several spring signees and some of our stronger novices, we should have a really good incoming class next year."

Hailing from Oak Creek, Wis., and set to graduate in the spring, Jen Bailey is a senior at Martin Luther High School in Greendale, Wis. A four-year letterwinner in indoor and outdoor track and field, Bailey has also earned three varsity letters in cross country with the Spartans. A long jumper, thrower and sprinter for M.L.H.S., Bailey helped her squad to both the indoor and outdoor Midwest Classic Conference titles as a junior. Bailey's rowing experience has come with the Milwaukee Rowing Club where she helped her shell take bronze in the junior 8+ at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in St. Catherine's, Ontario in 2008. Her junior 4+ crew also took fifth at the event. Bailey was also part of MRC's 12th-place youth 8+ shell at this fall's Head of the Charles Regatta.

"Jen was a good fit right from the beginning," Glenn said. "She will fit into the team seamlessly. She doesn't have a lot of size, but she will be one of our more efficient athletes. She's not as big, but she can be really efficient from a technical standpoint. She's really strong for her size and will really fit in with our team well."

Kaelyn Gibson is a senior at Pittsford Mendon High School in Pittsford, N.Y., where she is a four-year letterwinner on the Viking basketball team. A two-year captain, Gibson led the Vikings to the 2008 section title game, earning All-Greater Rochester honors. The hoopster was also named a Class-A All-Star in 2007 and 2008. Gibson also earned a gold medal as a sophomore and silver as a junior on the Western Region squad at the Empire State Games. On the water, Gibson rows with Pittsford Crew where she collected gold in the club 8+ at the 2007 New York State Rowing Championships.

"Kaelyn is a real strong athlete," Glenn said. "She's raw skill-wise, but is a very strong athlete. I think she'll be a real contributor to our team from a power standpoint. She will really eat up the organized environment and structure of the program. She's really looking forward to that, and I think she'll see a lot of improvement too."

A four-year rowing letter winner at Saratoga Springs High School in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Emily Krison joins former teammate Katie Ross on the Lady Vol squad in 2009. Krison coxed the Blue Streaks to three straight New York State Scholastic Rowing Championships in the girls senior 8+ event. Krison was also at the helm of the Saratoga Springs shells which claimed back-to-back titles in the senior women's eight at the Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Association Regatta in each of the last two years. As a member of the SRA, Krison helped her junior 8+ shell take gold at both the 2007 and 2008 editions of the Head of the Fish Regatta in Saratoga Springs. This October, Krison also led her SRA crew to a fifth-place showing in the youth 8+ at the Head of the Charles this fall.

"Emily has a lot of experience as a coxswain," Glenn said. "She's really thrilled to be coming to our program. You want that. You want them to bring good strengths and be really excited about what we can do here at Tennessee. That's something that Emily will bring, a real excitement to come to Tennessee and help our team."

The trio will join the spring signees and rowers from the Lady Vol novice program and look to make an impact next fall. The newcomers will join a team that has made three straight full-team appearances at the NCAA Championships and is coming off its best finish - a fifth-place showing in the second varsity 8+ grand final - at the NCAA event last year. The Orange and White kicks off the 2009 spring season on March 21 at home against Minnesota.



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