Annamay Pierse

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Annamay Pierse
Personal information
Full name Annamay Pierse
Nickname(s) "Anners", "Ammie"
National team  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 Pacific Dolphins
College team University of British Columbia

Annamay Pierse (born December 5, 1983) is a former competitive swimmer who represented Canada in major international swimming championships including the Summer Olympics, FINA World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships.

Pierse grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, and attended the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is the oldest of five sisters – all competitive swimmers – with and one older and one younger brother.

Pierese was a breaststroke specialist and the holder of several Canadian records both long course and short course. She was formerly the world record-holder in the 200-metre long course breaststroke until Rebecca Soni beat her time by 12 hundredths of a second during the 200-metre semifinals at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[1]

On April 2, 2008 she placed first at the Canadian Olympic Trials in 100-metre breaststroke thereby qualifying her for the Summer Olympic games in Beijing. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, she finished in sixth in the final of the 200-metre breaststroke. She was also a member of the Canadian team that finished seventh in the women's 4×100-metre 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 for the feat.

Thanks to this achievement, Pierese also won the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) female athlete of the year award for 2008-09.

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.

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Preceded by

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

March 14, 2009 – November 15, 2009
Succeeded by

Leisel Jones
Preceded by

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

July 30, 2009 – August 1, 2012
Succeeded by

Rebecca Soni