Annamay Pierse

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Annamay Pierse
Personal information
Full name Annamay Pierse
Nickname(s) Anners, Ammie
Nationality  Canada
Born (1983-12-05) December 5, 1983 (age 31)
Toronto, Ontario
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 58 kg (128 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Breaststroke
Club UBC Dolphins
College team UBC Thunderbirds

Annamay Pierse (born December 5, 1983 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian swimmer. She grew up in Edmonton, Alberta and currently attends the University of British Columbia and resides permanently in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Annamay Pierse is the oldest of five sisters (all competitive swimmers), with two brothers (one older, one younger).

She is a breaststroke specialist and the holder of several Canadian records both long course and short course. She also used to be the world record holder in the 200 m long course breaststroke until Rebecca Soni beat her time by 12 hundredth of a second during the semifinals of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[1]

On April 2, 2008 she placed first at the Canadian Olympic Trials in 100 m breaststroke thereby qualifying her for the Summer Olympic games in Beijing. At the 2008 Olympics, she finished in 6th at the 200 m breaststroke. She was a member of the Canadian team that finished in seventh in the 4×100 m medley relay.

2008 Summer Olympic Games[edit]


Pierse represented Canada at the 2008 Summer Olympics and competed in the following events:

Event Results
100 meter breaststroke 10th, 1:08.27
200 meter breaststroke 6th, 2:23.77
4×100 meter medley relay 7th, 4:01.35 (2:08.26)

2009 Canadian Nationals[edit]

On March 14, 2009 at the University of Toronto pool, Pierse broke the world short course record in the 200 m breaststroke. Posting a time of 2:17.50. The Previous record was 2:17.75 belonging to Leisel Jones.

She was awarded a new Pontiac Car from a local dealer sponsoring the event who promised a new car to any athlete breaking a world record. A local Speedo dealer also awarded her $2,500 ($CDN) for the feat.

Thanks to this achievement, Annamay also won the CIS female athlete of the year award for 2008-2009.

2009 World Aquatics Championships[edit]

Pierse set a new world mark in the 200 m long course breaststroke at the 2009 World Aquatics Championships in Rome, with a time of 2:20.12 in the semi-finals. 1/10 of a second faster than the previous world record, Rebecca Soni set at the Beijing Olympics. However, in the finals, she faded down the final 50m and placed second (2:21.84) to the surprise victor Nadja Higl of Serbia.

2010 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships[edit]

Pierse brought home a Bronze medal in the 200m breaststroke from these Championships; Being behind Rebecca Soni, and Leisel Jones. Pierse said that this Pan Pac Bronze medal was more memorable than winning her World Championship medal. She had a rough year due to an illness and missed months of training.

See also[edit]


Preceded by

Leisel Jones
Women's 200 m breaststroke
world record holder (short course)

March 14, 2009 – November 15, 2009
Succeeded by

Leisel Jones
Preceded by

Rebecca Soni
Women's 200 m breaststroke
world record holder (long course)

July 30, 2009 – August 1, 2012
Succeeded by

Rebecca Soni