Pan Pacific Swimming Championships

The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships is a long course swimming event first held in 1985.[1] The meet was initially staged biennially (every odd year), to allow for an international championship-level meet in the non-Olympic and non-World Championships years.[1] However, beginning with the 2002 championships, due to the changing of the World Championships from every four years (even year between Olympics) to every two years (every odd year), the meet is a quadrennial event, held in the even year between Summer Olympics.[1]


The meet was founded by its four Charter nations: Australia, Canada, Japan, and the United States. As part of the Charter, hosting of the meet is to rotate among these four nations, with the meet being held in Japan every other championship.

The meet was founded as an alternative to the European Championships, for those countries that could not swim in those championships, in a manner similar to the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships which provide a similar 'continental' championships for non-European nations. Initially, the meet was open to all countries that border the Pacific Ocean, giving the meet its name. This since has been expanded/opened to include other non-European countries wishing to participate, such as Brazil and South Africa.

The meet is considered to be one of the toughest international swimming competitions outside the Olympic Games, World Championships and European Championships, due in part to the presence of swimming power-house nationals like the United States and Australia, the first and second most medals winners, respectively.

Unlike the World Championships and Olympic Games, nations can enter as many people as they like in the preliminaries of each event (in most international meets, only two swimmers from each nation are permitted). However, only two swimmers per nation can qualify for the Championships' semi-finals and finals. Prior to FINA's creation of semi-finals in the late 1990s, a total of 3 swimmers per country could qualify for the final and consolation heats of an event, with no more than 2 swimmers per country in a final or consolation.

List of championshipsEdit

Edition Year Location Dates Medal table winners
1 1985 Tokyo, Japan 15–18 August   United States
2 1987 Brisbane, Australia 13–16 August   United States
3 1989 Tokyo, Japan 17–20 August   United States
4 1991 Edmonton, Canada 22–25 August[2]   United States
5 1993 Kobe, Japan 12–15 August   United States
6 1995 Atlanta, United States 10–13 August   United States
7 1997 Fukuoka, Japan 10–13 August[3]   United States
8 1999 Sydney, Australia 22–29 August[4]   United States
9 2002 Yokohama, Japan 24–29 August[5]   United States
10 2006 Victoria, Canada 17–20 August[6]   United States
11 2010 Irvine, United States 18–22 August[7]   United States
12 2014 Gold Coast, Australia 21–25 August[1]   United States
13 2018 Tokyo, Japan 9–13 August   United States
14 2022 Toronto , Canada TBA

Note: The 1995 and 1999 editions served as the swimming test events for the Olympic venues, for the next year's Games.

Medal table (1985–2018)Edit

All-time Pan Pacific Championships medal table (Updated after 2018 Championships)

1  United States (USA)277192140609
2  Australia (AUS)98136107341
3  Japan (JPN)314973153
4  Canada (CAN)184574137
5  China (CHN)5101227
6  South Africa (RSA)55616
7  New Zealand (NZL)461626
8  South Korea (KOR)4217
9  Brazil (BRA)34916
10  Costa Rica (CRC)3249
11  Puerto Rico (PUR)1012
12  Suriname (SUR)1001
13  Venezuela (VEN)0101
14  Chile (CHI)0011
Totals (14 nations)4504524441346



  1. ^ a b c d Queensland to host 2014 Pan Pacific Championships Archived May 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, published by Swimming Australia on 2012-05-11; retrieved 2012-05-11.
  2. ^ For the Record: 1991 Pan Pacific Championships; result listing published by Swimming World Magazine, October 1991 edition, p.52-54.
  3. ^ 1997 Pan Pacific Championships page from the USA Swimming website (; retrieved 2012-05-11.
  4. ^ 1999 Pan Pacific Championships page from the USA Swimming website (; retrieved 2012-05-11.
  5. ^ 2002 Pan Pacific Championships Archived December 19, 2014, at the Wayback Machine page from the USA Swimming website (; retrieved 2012-05-11.
  6. ^ 2006 Pan Pacs results page Archived September 2, 2011, at the Wayback Machine from Omega Timing. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
  7. ^ 2010 Pan Pacs results page Archived September 2, 2011, at the Wayback Machine from Omega Timing. Retrieved 2012-05-11.