- 26 January – in Berlin, Slovakian swimmer Martina Moravcová betters Jenny Thompson's world record in the women's 100m butterfly (short course) from 56:56 to 56:55
- April – 6th World Short Course Championships held at Moscow
- July–August – 26th European LC Championships held at Berlin
- Germany wins the most medals (23) and the most gold medals (10)
- August – 9th Pan Pacific Championships held at Yokohama
- United States wins the most medals (52) and the most gold medals (21)
- 22 November – US swimmer Natalie Coughlin betters Martina Moravcová's world record in the women's 100m butterfly (short course) from 56:55 to 56:39
- December – 6th European SC Championships held at Riesa, Germany
- Germany wins the most medals (22) and the most gold medals (7)
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