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Alyson Ackman
Alyson  Ackman


Montreal, Quebec

High School:
John Rennie



Pointe Claire Swim Club


McHugh Wins B1G Gold in Mile

Nittany Lions place eighth


Swimming Earns Scholar All-America Accolades

Nittany Lions recognized for excellence in the classroom


Record 81 Student-Athletes Receive Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Awards

Nine post perfect 4.0 GPAs in 2015-16 to continue record-setting year for Nittany Lion student-athletes


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Four competing in Olympic trials over next two weekends


Rodriguez’s Record Performance Highlights Final Day of NCAA’s for Penn State

Penn State moves up two places on final day to 25th

Event Time Date Site/Opponent
50 Free 22.35 2/20/14 Big Ten Championships
100 Free 48.01* 2/22/14 Big Ten Championships
200 Free 1:43.59* 3/21/14 NCAA Championships
500 Free 4:42.11 2/21/13 Big Ten Championships
100 Back 52.45 3/20/14 NCAA Championships
200 Back 2:02.43 10/31/14 Villanova Dual

* - Penn State School Record

2015-16 (Senior Year)
Earned three honorable mention All-America nods (200 free, 400 free relay and 800 free relay)  in six events at the NCAA Championships … Named second-team All-Big Ten … Posted the Nittany Lions’ top times for the season in the 50 freestyle (22.41), 100 freestyle (48.59) and 200 freestyle (1:44.61) … At NCAA Championships, swam a 1:44.78 in the 200 free to place 10th … Led 800 free relay team that placed 14th in a school-record 7:04.42 … Led the 400 freestyle relay finishing at 3:15.87 in 15th place after swimming a school-record 3:15.45 in the preliminaries … Also swam season bests in the 50 free (28th, 22.41 in prelims) and 100 free (20th, 48.61) and 400-medley relay (25th, 3:36.61) … Including earning silver in the 400 freestyle relay in a then school record-setting 3:15.88 at the Big Ten Championships, totaled seven top five finishes … Finished fourth in the 200 freestyle (1:45.16) … Placed fifth in the 50 freestyle (22.59) and 100 freestyle (48.67) … Helped the 400 medley relay team place third in a season best 3:35.18 … Led the 200 free relay to a season-best time of 1:29.41, placing fourth … 800 free relay touched finished in 7:05.67 to place fourth and qualify for the NCAA Championships … Ackman earned two silvers in the home opener against Virginia Tech (10/16) in the 100 free (50.67) and the 200 free (1:49.40)…Achieved her first B-cut in the 50 free (22.81) placing ninth at the UGA fall invite (12/4) and the 200 free relay placed fourth (1:30.17) … Also swam the 100 backstroke in a provisional qualifying 54.79 placing 10th.

2014-15 (Junior Year)
Garnered All-America recognition in the 800 freestyle relay and honorable mention All-America honors in the 200 free relay, 200 free and 100 free ... Named second-team All-Big Ten ... Led team in the 100 and 200 freestyles and the 100 backstroke ... 800 free relay team placed seventh at the NCAA Championships in a school-record 7:03.07 ... 200 free relay team placed 12th in a school record 1:28.30 ... Leadoff split of 22.38 in the preliminaries was her top 50 free time of the season ... Swam season bests in the 200 free (1:43.79) to place 10th and 100 free (48.27) to place 11th ... Leadoff split of 53.30 in the backstroke for the 400 medley relay was a season best ... Earned three top-10 individual finishes at the Big Ten Championships, placing seventh in the 50 freestyle (22.54), third in the 200 free (1:44.99) and sixth in the 100 freestyle in 48.87 ... Led off 400 freestyle relay that placed fifth at the conference meet in a near school-record of time 3:16.48 ... Member of 800 free relay team that first broke the school record in the event at Big Tens, placing fifth in 7:05.42 ... Also member of 200 free relay team that first broke the school record in the event at Big Tens, placing second in 1:28.50 ... Achieved NCAA "B" cut times in the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free and 100 back ... Won nine races ... Claimed both the 100 back (56.25) and 100 free (50.49) at the Georgia Tech dual (10/3) ... Won the 100 (50.61) and 200 (1:49.54) frees at the Virginia Tech Challenge (10/18) ... Touched first in lone 200 back (2:02.43) race against Villanova (10/31) ... Took gold in the 200 free (1:47.93) at the Michigan/Virginia tri-meet (11/7-8) and Rutgers dual (1:49.30) ... Won the 100 free (50.53) and 100 back (56.11) against Navy.

2013-14 (Sophomore Year)
Posted the top time on the team in three events this season (50 free, 100 free, 200 free) ... Competed in seven meets, as well as the Big Ten and NCAA Championships ... Named a first team CSCAA Scholar All-American ... Received five All-America honors at the NCAA Championships, competing in seven events (three individual) ... Became the first Penn State swimmer to garner first team All-America status since 2008 with a fifth place finish in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:43.81 ... Broke the Big Ten and school record with a time of 1:43.59 in the prelims of the 200 freestyle at the NCAA Championships (3/21) ... Earned All-America status with a 12th place finish with a time of 48.06 in the 100 freestyle at NCAAs (3/22) ... Received honorable mention All-America honors as a leadoff member of the 400 freestyle relay team that finished 16th with a time of 3:16.41 (3/22) ... Helped her team earn All-America accolades in the 200 medley relay with a 16th place finish and in the 800 free relay, finishing in 14th ... Had a career-best 52.45 in the 100 backstroke as the leadoff split in the 400 medley relay at the NCAA Championships (3/20) ... Set the school record in the 100 free, touching the wall in 48.01 in the leadoff split of the 400 free relay at the Big Ten Championships (2/22) ... Took first place in the 200 free at the Big Ten Championships, clocking a 1:44.11, an NCAA "B" qualifying time (2/21) ... Member of a school-record 400 medley relay team that posted a time of 3:33.27 at the Big Ten Championships (2/21), an NCAA "A" qualifying time ... Helped her 800-yard free relay squad to a program record time of 7:05.44 (NCAA "A" qualifier) at the conference championships (2/19) ... Grabbed gold in two events at the St. Bonaventure/Towson tri-meet (2/1), posting a 49.74 in the 100 free and a mark of 4:50.07 in the 500 free ... Tallied two first-place finishes at the Navy Dual, finishing posting the top time in the 100 free and the 200 free ... Touched the wall first in the 100 backstroke (56.84) at the Villanova Dual (1/17).

2012-13 (Freshman Year)
Competed in six of the team's meets and qualified for the NCAA Championships ... Earned honorable mention All-America honors at the NCAA Championships as a member of the 200 freestyle relay squad ... Also competed in the 100, 200 and 500 free at the NCAA Championships ... Swam the 100, 200 and 500 free and was a member of the 200 freestyle, 800 freestyle and 400 medley relay teams at the Big Ten Championships ... Claimed gold in the 200 free at the Big Ten Championships (2/21-22), touching the wall in a program-best 1:44.83 ... Also set a school record in the 500 free at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 4:42.11 ... Member of the second place 200 freestyle relay team at the Big Tens that set a school record with a time of 1:28.96 ... Finished second as a member of the 400 freestyle relay squad at the conference championships, turning in a time of 3:16.15 ... Member of the 800 freestyle relay team that set a school record at the Georgia Invitational (11/30-12/1) with a time of 7:08.26 ... Claimed first place in the 100 free in a dual meet with Towson (2/2) with a time of 52.10 ... Finished first in the 200 free versus Villanova (11/10), touching the wall in 1:50.30 ...Turned in a career-best time of 23.15 in the 50 free at the Georgia Invitational.

High School
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 ... Named team MVP in 2012 and 2010 ... Competed in four events at the 2012 Canadian Olympic Trials, finishing eighth in the 200 freestyle, 12th in 400 freestyle, 13th in 100 freestyle and seventh in 50 freestyle ... Swam four events at the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships, helping the 4x200 freestyle relay team to a silver medal ... Also swam the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 400 freestyle and 100 butterfly ... Swam at the Canada Games in 2009, taking part in the 50 and 100 freestyle finals and the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle relay teams, winning the 200 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.


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