Nittany Lion swimmer helps lead Canada to bronze in 4x200m freestyle relay
Nittany Lion swimmer places fifth in 200m breaststroke for Mexico
Nittany Lions competing internationally and nationally this summer
Nittany Lion women post 10th-best GPA in nation, third-most Scholar All-America honorees
Lions finish meet with six earning All-America nods
* - Penn State School Record
$ - Big Ten Record
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.
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.