2009-2010: Scored for the team in three events at the Conference USA Championships, including the 200-butterfly and both breaststroke distances... Posted the team's second-fastest mark of the season in two different events- highlighted by a career-best 2:07.07 for eleventh in the C-USA's 200-butterfly, and a season-best 1:05.37 in the league's 100-breaststroke... Registered the 1:05.37 to win a C-USA swim-off in the 100-breaststroke, and then proceeded to defeat a few more competitors for 13th overall... Scored for the Owls for the third time in as many years in the C-USA's 200-breaststroke, taking 14th in the league with a time of 2:24.45... Set the Rice Aquatics Center facility record in the 200-breaststroke with a season-best time of 2:21.87... Competed in the 400-individual medley at the Delta State Invitational (4:35.82) and the 200-IM (2:09.84) at the UH triple dual meet.
2008-09: Earned Rice University's Kathryn Scholl True Blue Spirit Award as the Owls' swimmer with the best enthusiasm and positive attitude at meets and during daily practice; Registered five new career-best times in her second year with the program... Swam the fastest 200-breaststroke at Rice in seven years with a 2:21.13 at the LSU triple-dual meet in Baton Rouge, La.... Finished 11th in the 200-breaststroke at the Conference USA Championships after swimming a 2:21.92 in the prelims... Posted a solid 1:04.49 in a timed-trial of the 100-breaststroke at the C-USA championships... Took 12th in the league's 100-breaststroke and was 16th in the 400-individual medley... Had career-bests in the 400-IM (4:28.65) and 200-IM (2:09.30) to help the Owls claim the overall team title at the Cornhusker Invitational in November... Swam her career-best 100-butterfly (1:00.07) on the lead leg of the 400-IM at the conference meet.
2007-08: Provided an immediate impact in first season of Division I competition, posting the team's best time of the year with a sixth place finish at the Conference USA championships in the 200-breaststroke... Reached the C-USA's championship finals and placed sixth in the 200-butterfly (2:07.51)... Scored for the Owls in conference in the 400-IM (11th place)... Swam the team's second-fastest 100-breaststroke and second-fastest 200-IM of the year in a home dual meet win over the University of New Orleans.
High School -- A 2007 graduate of Osceola High School in Kissimme, Fla... Led the Kowboys to district and region crowns as the Orange Belt Conference champion in the breaststroke and individual medley... Coached by Trish Abell... Set school records and was named the the athlete of the year as a senior... Four-time swimmer of the year honoree... Varsity letterwinner in track & field... Earned a host of honors and awards as a varsity cheerleader... Academic all-America and member of the National Honor Society... Named a senior of distinction... Member of the student council, newspaper and yearbook.
Club -- 2006 Senior Natioanl Qualifier... Finalist in 200-breaststroke at 2006 Short Course Junior Nationals for Swim Orlando... U.S. Open qualifier... All-America nominee... Coached by Mel Nash... Florida's top age group swimmer (17-18 years) in the 200-breaststroke... Five-year state qualifier and region record holder.
Personal -- Full Name: Ashten Alexia Ackerman. Born: March 15, 1989 in Kissimmee, Fla. Parents: Duane Ackerman of Orlando and Mary Jo Dillard of Kissimmee, Fla. Father played basketball at Indiana State from 1978 to 1982 (member of the Sycamores' 1979 team that finished second in the NCAA Tournament). Valued worker with the Rice Athletics Marketing Dept., assisting with game-day operations at home events including the Owls' nationally-ranked baseball program. Enjoys working with Habitat for Humanity. College: Wiess.
|100 Breaststroke||1:04.49||2009 C-USA Championships|
|200 Breaststroke||2:21.13||2009 LSU Triple Dual|
|200 IM||2:09.30||2008 Cornhusker Invitational|
|400 IM||4:28.65||2008 Cornhusker Invitational|
|100 Butterfly||1:00.07||2009 C-USA Championships|
|200 Butterfly||2:07.07||2010 C-USA Championships|