10 Men, 8 Women Stamp Tickets For U.S. World Championship Team in 2015

The United States, much like it did in 2010 and 2011, is using a two-meet selection procedure for the 2015 World Championships.

The results of the A finals at U.S. Nationals, plus the A and B finals at Pan Pacs, will be combined, and the top swimmers will go on to Kazan, Russia next summer in the following order:


  • Priority 1: Top 4 athletes in 100 and 200 free, top 1 athlete in each Olympic event added to team
  • Priority 2: 2nd athlete in each Olympic event added to the team
  • Priority 3: Top 1 athlete in each non-Olympic event (50 back/breast/fly, men’s 800 free, women’s 1500 free) added
  • Priority 4: 5th athlete in 100 and 200 free added
  • Priority 5: 6th athlete in 100 and 200 free added

There’s a lot of caveats to these rules, so below we’ve done our best to boil them down to a simple table.

  • A yellow box means a swimmer has earned an individual swim in that event.
  • A bright orange box means a swimmer has earned a relay swim in that event.
  • For now, we’ve taken the top two priorities above, and called those “locks” for Worlds. The U.S. is limited by a 26 man and 26 woman roster size, however, so priorities 3, 4, and 5 we’re calling tentative for now. Those are swimmers denoted below in the pale orange. These swimmers are “on the Worlds team, if there’s enough room for them.” The exception is for swimmers like Matt Grevers – once they’re on the team, they get the right to swim a non-Olympic event they’ve won, regardless of roster spots. If the non-Olympic event winners make the team in something else, then decline their swim in the non-Olympic event, they aren’t replaced. If the non-Olympic event winners don’t make the team in something else, and decline their spot, then the second-fastest swimmer gets it (not likely to happen very often).

There’s one tab for men, and one tab for women. Scroll to the right on the tab, and you will see a listing of who’s qualified, to simplify things. W’e’ll be updating this all week as Pan Pacs go on.


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I wonder if Cierra Runge regrets scratching the 200 free now. You had to expect Becca Mann to throw down, because she was already on the Pan Pacs team at Nationals. Sadly, 6th fastest in the 200 free is more likely to qualify than 3rd in the 800. Luckily she’s still the front-runner for the second 400 free slot. I sort of wish Matt Grevers hadn’t swam the 50 fly at Nationals. 2nd place was Tim Phillips. He’s got a pretty tough road to get to World Champs now. After a year with SwimMAC, he could be a real medal contender but we probably won’t get to see because the USA qualifying is wacked. Thus far the women’s Dream Team… Read more »

Jim C

I doubt that Runge would have swum one of the three fastest American times in the 200m prelims.


Wow, frowny faces show up as a swag store banner? That’s odd 🙁


This is a colorful and VERY clear explanation of a complicated set of rules, Braden. I thought I understood everything, but from your description I now know I did not. Thank you! 🙂

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of SwimSwam.com. He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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