Facts and Figures about the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships

2018 PAN PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • Thursday, August 9 – Tuesday, August 14, 2018
  • Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo, Japan
  • 50m
  • Meet site
  • Psych Sheet

Established in the mid-1980s, the Pan Pacific Championships are held under the oversight of the Pan Pacific Swimming Association, which is made up of the four charter nations’ federations: Swimming Australia, Swimming Canada, the Japan Amateur Swimming Federations and USA Swimming. The original intent was to provide their athletes an opportunity to compete at a top international level in “off” years in which there were neither Olympic Games nor FINA World Championships, mirroring the European Championships for European athletes.

The event began as a bi-annual competition in odd years, then switched after 1999 to a quadrennial format taking place in even non-Olympic years.

Events

The events at Pan Pacific Championships mirror those of the Olympic Games:

  • Freestyle: men’s and women’s 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500;
  • Backstroke: men’s and women’s 100 and 200;
  • Breaststroke: men’s and women’s 100 and 200
  • Butterfly: men’s and women’s 100 and 200
  • Individual Medley: men’s and women’s 200, and 400.
  • Relays: men’s and women’s 4×100 free, 4×200 free, 4×100 medley; and mixed 4×100 medley.

All events but the men’s and women’s 800 free and 1500 free consist of heats in the morning and finals in the evening. The 800 and 1500 freestyles are timed finals only, with the fastest heat by seeding swimming in finals. There are no semi-finals in the 4-day meet.

Host Cities

Year Location Dates Medal table winners
1985 Tokyo, Japan 15–18 August United States
1987 Brisbane, Australia 13–16 August United States
1989 Tokyo, Japan 17–20 August United States
1991 Edmonton, Canada 22–25 August United States
1993 Kobe, Japan 12–15 August United States
1995 Atlanta, United States 10–13 August United States
1997 Fukuoka, Japan 10–13 August United States
1999 Sydney, Australia 22–29 August United States
2002 Yokohama, Japan 24–29 August United States
2006 Victoria, Canada 17–20 August United States
2010 Irvine, United States 18–22 August United States
2014 Gold Coast, Australia 21–25 August United States
2018 Tokyo, Japan 9–13 August TBD!!

Participating Nations

(Note: This is the best we could find, please add to it if you find more!)

Country   85 87 89 91 93 95 97 99 02 06 10 14 18
Algeria ALG *
Argentina ARG * * * *
Australia AUS * H * * * * * H * * * H *
Bahamas BAH * *
Barbados BAR *
Bermuda BER *
Brazil BRA * * * * * * * *
Canada CAN * * * H * * * * * H * * *
Cayman Islands CAY * *
Chile CHI * * *
China, People’s Republic of CHN * * * * * * * * * * *
Chinese Taipei TPE * * * * * * * *
Colombia COL * *
Cook Islands COK *
Costa Rica CRC * * * * * *
Cuba CUB * *
Ecuador ECU * * * * * *
Egypt EGY *
Fiji FIJ * *
Guam GUM * * * * * *
Hong Kong HKG * * * * * * * * * *
Indonesia INA * * *
Jamaica JAM * *
Japan JPN H * H * H * H * H * * * H
Kazakhstan KAZ * *
Macau MAC *
Malaysia MAS * * *
Mexico MEX * * * *
New Zealand NZL * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Nigeria NGR *
Northern Mariana Islands NMA * *
Oman OMA *
Palau PLW *
Panama PAN *
Papua New Guinea PNG * *
Peru PER * * * * *
Philippines PHI * * * * * * *
Puerto Rico PUR * * * *
Singapore SIN * * * * *
South Africa RSA * * * * * *
South Korea KOR * * * * * * * * * *
Suriname SUR * *
Thailand THA * * *
Trinidad and Tobago TRI * * * *
Tunisia TUN * *
United States of America USA * * * * * H * * * * H * *
Uzbekistan UZB * *
Venezuela VEN * * *
Zimbabwe ZIM * * *
Total 48 11 10 12 17 16 19 13 16 16 18 22 23 19

H = host nation
* = participating nation

Medals table (1985–2014)

Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
United States 259 178 129 566
Australia 89 124 100 313
Japan 25 42 63 130
Canada 16 43 70 129
China 5 10 12 27
South Africa 5 5 6 16
New Zealand 4 6 16 26
South Korea 4 2 1 7
Costa Rica 3 2 4 9
Brazil 2 3 7 12
Puerto Rico 1 0 1 2
Suriname 1 0 0 1
Venezuela 0 1 0 1
Chile 0 0 1 1
  414 416 410 1240

*Note:

  • From 2002 forward, medals were counted for women’s 1500 free and men’s 800 free.
  • From 2006 forward, medals were counted for women’s and men’s 10k events.
  • In 2010, the medal table did not match announced official medal counts, as by agreement of the founding nations (USA, Australia, Japan, and Canada), the 50 breaststroke, butterfly, and backstroke races did not figure in official scoring. These events, not typically swum at Pan Pacs, were added to the 2010 schedule as many nations were using the meet as trials for other meets, including the 2011 World Championships.

 

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Go Bearcats

How come Tokyo hosts so often?

It was part of the charter: they get to host every other year.

I’ll ask around and see if anybody remembers the reason why.

Swimmer

Thanks! Do you know the reason for the break in tradition in 2010?

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