USA Swimming Releases Selection Procedure For 2018 Pan Pacs

Just as the selection criteria for the 2019 World Championships will be the same as it was four years ago, the qualifying procedure for this summer’s Pan Pacific Championships will follow the same guidelines as 2014 as well.

The selection process from Nationals to Pan Pacs will be quite simple, with the top four finishers in the 100 and 200 freestyle and the top finisher in each Olympic event automatically added to the team under Priority 1. After that the 2nd, 3rd and 4th fastest swimmers in each individual Olympic event (other than the 100/200 free) will be subsequently added to the roster until the maximum of 26 per gender is reached. Swimmers will only be eligible to qualify from the ‘A’ final of an event.


  • Priority 1: Top 4 in 100/200 freestyles and top 1 in each Olympic event added to team
  • Priority 2: 2nd place swimmer in each Olympic event added
  • Priority 3: 3rd place swimmer in each Olympic event added
  • Priority 4: 4th place swimmer in each Olympic event added

Once at the Championships, swimmers will be available to swim any individual event provided they swim at least one of the events in which they qualified in. Though it isn’t specified, that includes swimmers who only qualified in a relay (as it was in 2014).

Both times from U.S. Nationals and Pan Pacs (finals only) will be used in determining the American roster for the 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. The National Championships will be held July 25-29 in Irvine, California, and the Pan Pacific Championships will be in Tokyo August 9-12.

You can check out the full qualifying procedure for Pan Pacs here. For a breakdown of the qualifying procedure for the World Championships, click here.

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4 years ago

where can I locate information about selection procedures for junior pan pacs ?

Reply to  Braden Keith
4 years ago

What are the Open Water qualifications for all of these meets, Worlds, Pan Pacs, etcetera at National and Junior level?

Reply to  Aquatics
3 years ago

Search up selection OW nationals

Reply to  jacob
4 years ago

Not from Michael Andrew

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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