National Teams

Senior National Team

Alyson Ackman

  • Age 30
  • Height 165.1 cm / 5 ftin
  • Club Pointe-Claire Swim Club
  • Coach Donny Brush
  • Previous Coaches Martin Gingras
  • Hometown Pointe-Claire, QC
  • Residence State College, PA
  • Event 100 FR, 200 FR

National Team Highlights

Lima 2019 Pan American Games127
Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games11

Alyson’s Bio

  • At the Lima 2019 Pan American Games, Ackman returned to the national team for the first time since 2015. She was a member of the 4×200-m freestyle and 4×100-m freestyle relays that brought home silver and bronze. Individually, Ackman earned bronze in the 400-m freestyle.
  • At the 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials, Ackman finished fourth and fifth in the 400-m and 200-m freestyle to qualify for the 2019 Pan American Games. She swam personal bests in both events during the prelims.
  • At the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, Ackman contributed to two relay medals. She swam in the 4×200-m freestyle relay where she won bronze with teammates Emily Overholt, Katerine Savard and Brittany MacLean, and also swam the morning heat of the 4×100-m freestyle relay, which upset the Americans in the final later that day to win gold.
  • At the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan Russia, Ackman swam the second leg of the 4×200-m freestyle relay, which finished 11th.
  • Alyson Ackman moved out of her home at 15 years of age to train at the Pointe-Claire Swim Club, and has achieved great success through perseverance and determination.
  • She finished fourth in the 200-m freestyle and fifth in the 100-m freestyle at Team Canada Trials.
  • In 2014, she beat the 200-yard freestyle Big Ten record and attaining First Team All-America status at the NCAA Women’s Division I Championships
  • Earned her first senior national team spot with third- place finishes in the 100-m and 200-m freestyle for berths on the 2014 Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific squads.
  • She was part of Canada’s 4×200-m freestyle relays that reached the podium at both events. She also notched an individual sixth place in the 100-m freestyle at the Games.
  • Ackman made it into the final of the 200-m freestyle at 2012 Olympic Trials
  • At World Championships Trials in 2011, two days before she was set to compete, the swimmer next to her fly-kicked her shoulder during her warm up and dislocated it
  • Ackman, whose goal is to make the 2016 Olympic team, says her recent success has opened her eyes that she can compete at the highest level.
  • In her words: “It’s not always about success, it’s about the experience.”
  • Walks and feeds shelter dogs for PAWS.
Quick Facts
  • Twitter: @ackattack1221
  • Instagram: @alyackattack
  • Favourite movie: Harry Potter
  • Favourite TV show: Game of Thrones
  • Favourite Actor: Helena Bonham Carter
  • Favourite restaurant: Olive Garden
  • Pre-race meal: Pasta the nightbefore…carbs for lunch
  • Other sports: volleyball
  • Guilty pleasure: Chocolate

Alyson’s Personal Bests

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1500m Freestyle50mOlympic Swimming Trials---
800m Freestyle50mOlympic Swimming Trials
400m Freestyle50mOlympic Swimming Trials
200m Freestyle50mCanadian Swimming Trials
50m Breaststroke50mCoupe Quebec
50m Freestyle50mCanadian Swimming Trials
100m Freestyle50mCanadian Swimming Trials
200m Freestyle Laps50mXX Commonwealth GamesRELAY
100m Freestyle Laps50mXX Commonwealth GamesRELAY
100m Backstroke50mGrand Prix
50m Backstroke50mCanadian Swimming Trials
200m Backstroke50mCanadian Summer Championships1
200m Medley50mInvitation P1-P2 DDO LC Invitational
100m Backstroke25mEastern Canadian Championships1
50m Backstroke25mEastern Canadian Championships1
200m Freestyle25mOR Paul Bergen Junior International
800m Freestyle25mOR Paul Bergen Junior International
400m Freestyle25mOR Paul Bergen Junior International
200m Freestyle Laps25mOR Paul Bergen Junior InternationalRELAY
50m Freestyle Laps50mNations CupRELAY1
1500m Freestyle25mBlack Fly
100m Butterfly Laps25mEastern Canadian ChampionshipsRELAY
200m Medley25mInvitation Halloween
200m Butterfly25mEastern Canadian Championships
50m Breaststroke25mEastern Canadian Championships
200m Breaststroke25mPPSC Invitational
100m Breaststroke25mReseau Senior Fnq
100m Freestyle Laps25mCanada GamesRELAY
100m Butterfly Laps50mCA North American ChallengeRELAY
200m Butterfly50mCanadian Age Group Championships
100m Freestyle25mSelection des Jeux du Canada---
50m Freestyle25mSelection des Jeux du Canada
100m Breaststroke50mChampionnat provincial par equipe, section 1
100m Butterfly25mCanadian Spring Nationals
50m Butterfly25mCanadian Spring Nationals
50m Butterfly Laps25mCanadian Spring NationalsRELAY
50m Freestyle Laps25mCanadian Spring NationalsRELAY
100m Medley25mCanada Cup
50m Butterfly50mCanadian Age Group Nationals
200m Breaststroke50mChamp. Prov. AQUAM groupes d'age
100m Butterfly50mChamp. Prov. AQUAM groupes d'age
400m Medley50mChamp. Prov. par Equipe - Section 1
50m Butterfly Laps50mChamp. Prov. par Equipe - Section 1RELAY
400m Medley25mChamp. Prov. par Equipe - Section 1
200m Backstroke25mPetawawa Predators Invitationa