Swimming Events 2017

Competitive swimming has probably be around for centuries, but the earliest recording of a competitive swimming event was in the mid nineteenth century, according to the Federation Internationale de Natation, or FINA, the governing body for international competitive swimming.

For the first six decades of the twentieth century, the Olympic Games was the only international competitive swimming event. FINA was established in 1908 and from then until 1956, men swam only the freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke. Until 1924 women at the Olympics swam only the freestyle, when FINA added backstroke and breaststroke events. In 1952, FINA added butterfly events to both the men’s and women’s competitions, plus medley relay events. Today at the Olympics, men and women swim the same number of events. These include 4 freestyle races, 2 backstroke races, 2 breaststroke races, 2 butterfly races, 2 individual medleys, 2 freestyle team races and 1 team medley race.

In 2017, generally the important dates in the swimming calendar are for the World Championships held in Budapest, Hungary from 14-30 July. Here we have listed all the major FINA competitive swimming events for 2017.

Events format

The events organised by FINA all have the same formats, though the competition order may vary. All events include ‘prelims’ or preliminary races and then finals. The two exceptions to this format are the 800 metres and 1500 metres freestyle that are swum just once, as timed finals. The meets are generally held over two days, with preliminary heats in the morning, and finals in the evening. An exception to this are the meets held in Brazil, that has a 3-day format where prelims are held in the evening with finals the following morning.


January
10: Men European Prelim – Round 3
24: Women European Prelim – Round 3
European Prelim rounds take place at multiple venues.


February
03: FINA Open Water Mass Swimming World Series 2017 at Patagones-Viedma, Argentina
04: FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swim. World Cup 2017 at Patagones-Viedma, Argentina
05: FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix 2017 at Santa Fe Coronda, Argentina
14: Men European Prelim – Round 4
21: Women European Prelim – Round 4
24-26: FINA Diving Grand Prix 2017 at Rostock, Germany


March
03-05: FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2017 at Beijing, China
09-11: FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2017 at Guangzhou City, China
10-12: 7th Open Make Up Forever at Paris, France
11: FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swim. World Cup 2017 at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
14: Men European Prelim – Round 5
28: Women European Prelim – Round 5
31-02 Apr: FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2017 at Kazan, Russia


April
06-09: FINA Diving Grand Prix 2017 at Gatineau, Canada
11: Men European Prelim – Round 6
18: Women European Prelim – Round 6
21-23: FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2017 at Windsor, Canada
22-24: China Open 2017 at Taiyuan, China
25-30: Men Intercontinental Tournament 2017 at Gold Coast, Australia
28-29: 4th FINA High Diving World Cup at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
28-30: Japan Open at Tokyo, Japan


May
02-07: Women Intercontinental Tournament 2017 at Davis/CA, USA
02-07 May: Synchro Canada Open Championships at Toronto, Canada
04-07 May: FINA Diving Grand Prix 2017 at San Juan, Puerto Rico
15-17 May: 1st FINA International Clinic – Swimming for All Swimming for Life at Bangkok, Thailand
25-28 May: Spainaña Sincro – Trofeo Infantas de Spainaña at Las Palmas de Gran Canadaaria, Spain
26-28 May: FINA Diving Grand Prix 2017 at Madrid, Spain


June
06-11: Women Super Final 2017 at Shanghai, China
20-25: Men Super Final 2017 at Ruza, Russia
22-24: Synchro America Open at Long Island, USA
24: FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swim. World Cup 2017 at Setubal, Portugal


July
01-02: FINA World Aquatics Day
05-07: FINA Diving Grand Prix 2017 at Bolzano, Italy
12: FINA Technical Congress Synchro at Budapest, Hungary
12: FINA Technical Congress Diving / High Diving at Budapest, Hungary
13: FINA Technical Congress Open Water at Budapest, Hungary
13: FINA Technical Congress Water Polo at Budapest, Hungary
14-30: 17th FINA World Championships at Budapest, Hungary
The FINA World Championships include several pool events including: swimming, diving, high diving, open water swimming, synchronized swimming, and water polo, with all events contested in a 50-metre (also known as a long-course) pool.
First held in 1973, the FINA World Championships have, since 2001, been held every 2 years, in the odd years. Between 1978 and 1998, the World Championships were held every 4 years, in the even years between Summer Olympic years.
21: FINA Technical Congress Swimming at Budapest, Hungary
21: FINA Technical Congress Masters at Budapest, Hungary
27: FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swim. World Cup 2017 at Lac St. Jean, Canada
29: FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix 2017 at Lac St. Jean, Canada


August
02-03: FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2017 at Moscow, Russia
05-13: 19th FINA World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships at Belgrade, Serbia
06-07: FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2017 at Berlin, Germany
07-20: FINA World Masters Championships at Budapest, Hungary
11-12: FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2017 at Eindhoven, Netherlands
12: FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swim. World Cup 2017 at Lac Megantic, Canada
19: FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix 2017 at Ohrid Lake, Macedonia
23-28: 6th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships at Indianapolis, USA


September
03: FINA Open water Swimming Grand Prix 2017 at Capri-Napoli, Italy
03-09: 12th FINA World Women’s Junior Water Polo Championships at Volos, Greece
21-24: Suv Parisi at Tashkent, Uzbekistan
30-01 Oct: FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2017 at Hong Kong


October
04-05: FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2017 at Doha, Qatar
15: FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swim. World Cup 2017 at Chun’An, China
17-22: 6th FINA World Men’s Water Polo Development Trophy at Gzira, Malta
21: FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swim. World Cup 2017 at Hong Kong
26-29: FINA Diving Grand Prix 2017 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


November
02-05: FINA Diving Grand Prix 2017 at Singapore
09-12: FINA Diving Grand Prix 2017 at Gold Coast, Australia
10-11: FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2017 at Beijing, China
14-15: FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2017 at Tokyo, Japan
18-19: FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2017 at Singapore


December
No events scheduled