Pan Pacific Swimming Championships

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships is a long course swimming event first held in 1985.[1] It 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.

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. 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.

History[edit]

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]

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 championships[edit]

Edition Year Host City Host Country 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 2026 Toronto  Canada TBA[8]

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)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
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

Medalists[edit]

Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships[edit]

The Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, aka Junior Pan PAC’s, is a long course swimming event that features high level 18 under swimmers around the Pacific. The event is held every other even year, and takes place in the non-world championship/junior championship years. The event was last held in 2018, with others postponed or canceled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic; future events have been postponed until after 2022.[9]

List of championships[edit]

Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships:[10][11]

Edition Year Host City Host Country Dates Medal table winners
1 2005 Maui  United States 6–9 January[12]  United States
2 2007 Maui  United States 11–14 January[13]  United States
3 2009 Guam  Guam 8–11 January[14]  United States
4 2010 Maui  United States 26–30 August[15]  United States
5 2012 Honolulu  United States 23–27 August[16]  United States
6 2014 Maui  United States 27–31 August[17]  United States
7 2018 Suva  Fiji 23–26 August[18]  United States

References[edit]

  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 (usaswimming.org); retrieved 2012-05-11.
  4. ^ 1999 Pan Pacific Championships page from the USA Swimming website (usaswimming.org); retrieved 2012-05-11.
  5. ^ 2002 Pan Pacific Championships Archived December 19, 2014, at the Wayback Machine page from the USA Swimming website (usaswimming.org); 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.
  8. ^ 2022 Pan Pacs Deferred To 2026, Canada Remains Host
  9. ^ Andy Ross (May 28, 2020). "2022 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships Deferred to 2026, Canada to Remain Host". Swimming World News. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  10. ^ "Junior Pan Pacific Championships Results".
  11. ^ "Swimrankings - Swimming Rankings and Results - Worldwide, International Swim Sport".
  12. ^ "2005 Jr Pan Pacs Top 8, full meet – Meet Results". Swimming World. Retrieved August 13, 2021.
  13. ^ "2007 Jr Pan Pacific Swimming Championships – Meet Results". Swimming World. Retrieved August 13, 2021.
  14. ^ "2009 Junior Pan Pacific Championships – Meet Results". Swimming World. Retrieved August 13, 2021.
  15. ^ "2010 Junior Pan Pacific Championships – Meet Results". Swimming World. Retrieved August 13, 2021.
  16. ^ "Junior Pan Pacific Championship, August 23-27, 2012". Swimming World. November 27, 2012. Retrieved August 13, 2021.
  17. ^ Marsteller, Jason (August 13, 2014). "USA Swimming Releases Loaded Junior Pan Pacific Championships Roster". Swimming World. Retrieved August 13, 2021.
  18. ^ "2018 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships" (PDF). SwimSwam. Retrieved August 13, 2021.