The World Championship selection will follow the same format as it did four years ago, as swimmers will vie for spots on both the Pan Pac team and Worlds team this summer. At US Nationals in July, swimmers will compete to qualify for Pan Pacs, and then results from both of those meets will be used in determining the qualifiers for the World Championships the following year.
The qualification criteria, broken down simply, is below:
- 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) added
- Priority 4: 5th athlete in 100 and 200 free added
- Priority 5: 6th athlete in 100 and 200 free added
The only real difference for the athletes will be that two men will be able to qualify in the 800 free, and two women in the 1500, after they were added as Olympic events last summer. For the stroke 50s, the winner at Nationals will earn a berth on the World’s team, and the second entry in Gwangju will be offered to the fastest swimmer in the corresponding 100m event using combined results from Nats and Pan Pacs. The maximum roster size per gender is 26.
Qualification is predicated on all swimmers achieving the FINA ‘A’ standard times, which won’t be a problem in a country as deep as the US. Relay only members are only required to have hit the ‘B’ standard. It’s also worth noting that prelim times or relay lead-offs from either meet won’t count towards selection. Only ‘A’ final swims from Nationals and both ‘A’ and ‘B’ finals swims from Pan Pacs will be used.
You can check out the document outlining the full qualifying procedures here.