Attended John Rennie High School, but swam for the Pointe Claire Swim Club and head coach Ryan Mallette...earned the highest honor, Victor Davis Award, from PCSC in 2011...was named team MVP in 2012 and 2010...competed in four events at the 2012 Canadian Olympic Trials, finishing 8th in the 200 freestyle, 12th in 400 freestyle, 13th in 100 freestyle and 17th in 50 freestyle...swam four events at the 2010 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, helping the 4x200 freestyle relay team to a silver medal...also swan the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 400 freestyle and 100 butterfly...swam at the Canada Games in 2009, taking part in the 50 & 100 freestyle finals and the 50, 100 & 200 freestyle relay teams, winning the 4x50 freestyle relay...also competed at the 2009 North America Challenge Cup.
Full name is Alyson Patricia Ackman...born in Montreal, Quebec on February 6, 1993...parents are Mike and Lisa Ackman...has one brother, Mathew, and one sister, Samantha.
On Choosing Penn State
"I chose Penn State because of the balance between academics and athletics. The team is one big family that pushes each other for excellence both in and out of the pool."