FAQS: PARTICIPATION IN GUAM AND INTERNATIONAL SWIM MEETS

Updated 22 May 2024

NO ONE HAS THE "RIGHT" TO COMPETE. EVEN IF QUALIFIED, THERE IS NO "GUARANTEE" OF ENTRY INTO ANY GAME OR  COMPETITION.

Participation in any national (local Guam) or international competition with and through Guam Aquatics is a privilege, NOT a "right" and there is no "guarantee" of anything.

No athlete is entitled to compete nationally (locally) or internationally. All competition nominations and entries are subject to the discretion of, and acceptance by, Guam Aquatics, the Guam National Olympic Committee, and/or the relevant organizing committee. 

As the recognized National Federation for aquatics, Guam Aquatics abides by the Fundamental Principles of Olympism and the Olympic Movement as set forth in the IOC Charter, including the IOC rules governing Invitations and Entries:

"Any entry is subject to acceptance by the IOC [and/or relevant sanctioning authority, including GSF and GNOC], which may at its discretion, at any time, refuse any entry, without indication of grounds. Nobody is entitled as of right  to participate in the Olympic Games [or any other games or competition]."  [Source: Olympic Charter Rule 44(3); GNOC Code of Conduct (“Membership on the Guam National Team. . . competing Internationally and Nationally . . .is an honor and a privilege.”)].

At all times participation in any Guam Aquatics or GNOC event, including selection to participate in off-island events, is based “not only on the sports performance of an athlete but also on their ability to serve as an example to the sporting youth of the country. The NF (GSF) must ensure that the entries comply in all respects with the provisions provided by FINA. The NF is responsible for the behavior of the members of its delegations.” [Source: FINA Good Governance Guidelines Article 5.1].

Who can swim in a local Guam swim meet sponsored by Guam Aquatics?

To be eligible to take part in official competitions organized by Guam Aquatics, an athlete must be a current registered competitor in good standing with a member team of Guam Aquatics or a temporarily unregistered (aka “unattached”) athlete who is transferring between teams during a competition season.

Athletes from jurisdictions outside of Guam may be invited to participate in an International Invitational swim meet sponsored by Guam Aquatics provided that their national federation affirms that they are in good standing and eligible to compete.

Is a visiting athlete from off-island eligible to earn a Guam swim record?

No. Only an athlete who is a current registered competitor in good standing with a member team of Guam Swimming is eligible to earn a Guam swimming competition record and/or a Guam time.

A visiting athlete or an invited unregistered athlete is eligible to win medals at an Invitational meet, but is not eligible earn a Guam swim record even if the time achieved during the competition is faster than the Guam record.

How is eligibility to swim in an international Flag Event competition held outside of Guam determined?

Subject to any other applicable requirements, the following is a basic general outline of how athletes are selected to attend a Flag Event[1] competition:

First, an athlete is eligible for consideration to compete and represent Guam if the athlete has met the minimum qualifying time standard; is a current registered competitor with Guam Aquatics in good standing; is not unattached or under sanction; and meets any and all other qualification and eligibility requirements.

Second, the athlete must fulfill the age, residency, citizenship, fitness, and other requirements established by the host country, Guam Aquatics, GNOC, World Aquatics, or other organizing body assigned jurisdiction over the specific competition.

Third, the athletes who qualify by meeting the first two criteria are nominated to the competition by their head coach depending on the athlete’s overall times, technical skill, maturity, fitness, ethics, and behavior.

For Guam National Olympic Committee events such as the Micronesian Games and the Pacific Games, there is generally no stated limit to the number of qualified athletes who can be on the team. Regardless of nomination, qualification, times, points, or anything else, the final decision as to who will actually be allowed to participate rests solely within the exclusive jurisdiction and discretion of the GNOC.

For World Aquatics events (including the 25m and 50m World Championships), an athlete must have achieved at least a “B” qualifying time as established by World Aquatics for the particular competition. The qualifying times are announced in the months leading up to the event and are published on the World Aquatics website.

Athletes who equal or better the qualifying times in one or more individual events are automatically qualified to participate in the competition. If there are no athletes who meet the World Aquatics qualifying times, then the top two athletes of each gender whose times come closest to the qualifying times are considered for participation. Entering more than two of each gender (or four total athletes) is not permitted.

The swim times eligible for consideration to participate in the World Championships must be earned either at a Guam championship meet or else at a World Aquatics-sanctioned meet held outside of Guam within the applicable qualifying time period. Swim times are ranked, and athletes are selected, based upon application of the Base Time Proximity Standard. Regardless of rank or times, other criteria is considered including (but not limited to) technical skill, maturity, fitness, ethics, and behavior.

For Federation-level invitational events or open entry events such as the Pan Pacific Games, the Oceania Championships, or similar (and depending on the criteria established by the host and the competition organizing committee), athletes who meet the minimum qualifying times are nominated by their head coach depending on the athlete’s overall times, technical skill, maturity, fitness, ethics, and behavior. If the number of athletes who may be entered in the competition is limited, then the Base Time Proximity Standard is applied. The final selection of the team is made by Guam Aquatics.

How are qualifying times determined?

Qualifying times, criteria, and standards are established by World Aquatics, the IOC, or the organizing body of the competition.

If no qualifying times are announced, then pursuant to the 1991 order of the GNOC Executive Board, the minimum qualifying times shall be equal to the times achieved by the third (3rd) place finishers in the “A” finals for each event during the last edition of the relevant competition. Subject to GNOC’s approval, Guam Aquatics may allow for minimum qualifying times equal to the time achieved by the last place finisher in the “A” finals for each event, which typically is the 6th or 8th place depending on the competition.

How are athletes selected for the Olympic Games?

To be selected for the Summer Olympic Games, an athlete must achieve an Olympic Qualifying Time (OQT) within the qualifying period as established by World Aquatics for the particular Olympic Games. Athletes who equal or better the OQT in one or more individual events are automatically qualified to participate in the Olympics.

The OQT must have been earned in a 50-meter long course pool during an Olympic-qualifying competition sanctioned by World Aquatics and held during the applicable qualifying period. Short course (25y and 25m) times and non-Olympic qualifying competitions that are not sanctioned by World Aquatics do not count towards the Olympics. The OQTs and the qualifying period are announced in the months leading up to the Olympics and published on the World Aquatics website.

Regardless of nomination, qualification, times, points, good looks, or anything else, the final decision as to who will actually be allowed to participate rests solely within the exclusive jurisdiction and discretion of the GNOC.

What if no athlete achieves an Olympic Qualifying Time?

For the Paris 2024 Summer Olympic Games, athletes must qualify by minimally meeting the “B” Olympic Consideration Time (OCT) established for those Games. Qualification does not, however, guarantee entry to the Games.

If no athlete achieves an Olympic Qualifying Time (OQT), World Aquatics may invite GNOC to allow two athletes [one (1) male and/or (1) female] to attend the Summer Olympic Games through “Universality Placement.” Entering more than two athletes under Universality, or entering two athletes of the same gender, is not permitted.

Universality entry places are not automatic. The decision to extend a Universality invitation is subject to the sole discretion of World Aquatics and the approval of the GNOC, which has exclusive jurisdiction and control over Guam’s participation in the Olympic Games.

Unlike the World Championships which utilizes the Base Time Proximity Standard to determine selection, and subject to any other criteria that may be established, only the male and/or female athlete who has achieved the highest World Aquatics Points Table score in an individual 50M Olympic qualifying event during the relevant qualifying period is eligible to be invited.

Swim times and points achieved outside of the qualifying period, or in a 25y or 25m pool event (to include the World Aquatics 25m World Championships), or in a non-Olympic qualifying competition, do not count towards the Olympics.

Effective April 9. 2024, the updated rules for Paris 2024 no longer require that athletes have participated in the World Aquatics 50m World Championships held in the year before the Olympic Games in order to be eligible for consideration of a Universality invitation. Athletes entering through Universality are limited to a maximum of two (2) Olympic Games in his/her career or not being older than the age of thirty (30) years as of 1 January 2025.

What other off-island meets can Guam Aquatics athletes attend?

If invited, a Guam Aquatics member swim team may permit its athletes to participate in an independent event (aka “club” meet) held off-island provided that the meet is not organized or sponsored by an international gaming/sports organization or by the National Federation of the country in which the meet is held. If the head coach of the team requests that Guam Aquatics sanction the club meet as a non-Flag Event, the times achieved at the meet will be recognized and made eligible for records.


[1] A “Flag Event” is a competition sanctioned by Guam Aquatics and/or the GNOC as one where the delegation of athletes and officials is authorized to be called “Team Guam” and to nationally represent Guam as a country. The competitions recognized and sanctioned by Guam Aquatics as Flag Events are: all Guam Aquatics competitions, Guam Cocos Crossing, Micronesian Games, Pacific Games, Pacific Mini Games, East Asian Games, Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games, Oceania Aquatics Swimming Championships, all World Aquatics competitions, World Aquatics National Federation Member invitational events, Pan Pacific Games, Arafura Games, Youth Olympic Games, Olympic Games, and any other competitions that Guam Aquatics may in its discretion recognize as a Flag Event.

2025 Pacific Mini Games, Palau [25M Short Course], June 29 to July 9, 2025

The 12th Pacific Mini Games will be held in Koror, Palau from June 29 to July 9, 2025.

Only those athletes who achieve the qualifying times in the events set out below are eligible for consideration to attend the Games. Times must be achieved within the qualifying period of November 1, 2023 to February 28, 2025, at a GSF or GNOC-sanctioned event either in a 25m pool or a 50m pool.* Times achieved outside of the qualifying period will not be accepted.

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2005 South Pacific Mini Games Results

Only entry times from events with distances of 100 meters or more shall be accepted for qualification purposes. Fifty meter (50m) distance event entries will be allowed at the competition.

Athletes who equal or better the posted QT in one or more events are preliminarily qualified for consideration to participate in the Pacific Mini Games, provided that all other qualification and eligibility requirements are met. This includes (but is not limited to), the athlete’s rank & times, technical skill, age, maturity, fitness, residency, citizenship, ethics, and behavior.

Athletes entered in individual events can be used in relays, even if they have not achieved the QT for the corresponding stroke and distance of the relay in which they are entered.

No one has the right or entitlement to participate in the competition. At all times, the final selection of athletes and officials to the team, including event entries, is subject to the discretion of Guam Aquatics, the Guam National Olympic Committee, and/or the relevant organizing committee.


*If no 25-meter times are available, 50-meter times may be submitted to GSF for conversion and possible consideration

**Qualifying times for the Pacific Mini Games are guided by the 1991 order of the GNOC Executive Board that qualification to participate shall be equal to the times of the third (3rd) place finishers in the “A” finals for each event as achieved during the last edition of the relevant Games. Subject to GNOC’s approval, the GSF may allow for minimum QTs equal to the time achieved by the last place finisher in the “A” finals for each event, which is typically the 6th or 8th place depending on the competition.

International competition calendar and qualifying time standards

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2024 Summer Olympic Games. Paris, France (July 26 to August 11)

**UPDATE: Effective April 9. 2024, the rules for Paris 2024 have been changed to no longer require that in order to be eligible for consideration of a Universality invitation, athletes must have participated in the World Aquatics Championships held in 2023 Fukuoka, Japan or in 2024 Doha, Qatar. Athletes entering through Universality are limited to a maximum of two (2) Olympic Games in his/her career or not being older than the age of thirty (30) years as of 1 January 2025.

2024 World Aquatics Swimming Championships (25m). Budapest, HUN (December 10-15)

2025 Pacific Mini Games. Koror, Palau (June 29 to July 9)

2025 World Aquatics Swimming Championships. Singapore (July 11 to August 3)

2026 Micronesian Games. Nauru (TBA)

2026 Oceania Aquatics Swimming Championships. (TBA)

2026 Summer Youth Olympic Games. Dakar, Senegal (Oct 31 to Nov 13)

2027 World Aquatics Championships. Budapest, Hungary (TBA)

2027 Pacific Games. Tahiti, French Polynesia (July 24 to August 7))

2028 Summer Olympic Games. Los Angeles, USA (July 14 to 30)

2029 World Aquatics Championships. Beijing, China (TBA)

2032 Summer Olympic Games. Brisbane, Australia (TBA)


Selection to international Flag Event competitions is based on qualification. All qualifying times must be earned at a GSF or GNOC-sanctioned event, which includes Guam Championship and Pentathlon meets.

For competitions with limited athlete entries such as the World Aquatics Championships, and if no athlete has met the established qualifying time standard, then in addition to any other requirements, athlete selection is determined by the Base Time Proximity Standard.

With the exception of the World Championships and the Olympic Games,* qualifying time standards for Flag Events such as the Micronesian Games, Pacific Games, Pacific Mini Games, Oceania Championships and others are guided by the 1991 order of the GNOC Executive Board that qualification to participate shall be minimally based on the times of the third (3rd) place finishers in the "A" finals for each event as achieved during the last edition of the relevant Games. With approval, the GSF may allow for minimum times achieved by the last place finisher in the "A" finals for each event, which is typically the 6th or 8th place depending on the competition.

*World Championships and Olympic qualifying time standards are established by World Aquatics.

*Last update: April 12, 2024.

ANNOUNCEMENT: 2024 Oceania Champs scheduled for April 18-25, 2024

Oceania Aquatics has announced that the Oceania Swimming Championships will be held next year in Gold Coast, Australia from April 18-25, with competition taking place between April 21 to 24. The 2020 and 2022 editions of the Champs were cancelled due to the Covid pandemic.

In order to be preliminarily considered for the team, athletes shall meet the posted qualifying times and criteria. All times must be earned at a GSF or GNOC-sanctioned event held between September 1, 2022 through February 29, 2024.

Download a PDF of the qualifying times

Paris 2024 Summer Olympic Games Qualifying Time Standards

UPDATE: Effective April 9. 2024, the rules for Paris 2024 have been changed to no longer require that in order to be eligible for consideration of a Universality invitation, athletes must have participated in the World Aquatics Championships held in 2023 Fukuoka, Japan or in 2024 Doha, Qatar. Athletes entering through Universality are limited to a maximum of two (2) Olympic Games in his/her career or not being older than the age of thirty (30) years as of 1 January 2025.

The new rules for Paris 2024 continue to require that in order to qualify, an athlete must minimally meet the “B” Olympic Consideration Time (OCT) set out below.

All times must be earned in a 50-meter pool at an Olympic qualifying event. Times must be achieved within the qualifying period of 01 March 2023 to 23 June 2024.

“Nobody is entitled as of right to participate in the Olympic Games.“* At all times and regardless of qualification achievement, the decision to permit Guam participation in the Olympic Games rests solely within the exclusive jurisdiction and discretion of the Guam National Olympic Committee.

*Olympic Charter Rule 44(3) (“Any entry is subject to acceptance by the IOC, which may at its discretion, at any time, refuse any entry, without indication of grounds. Nobody is entitled as of right to participate in the Olympic Games.”)

2027 Pacific Games Tahiti [50m], July 24 to August 7, 2027

The XVIII Pacific Games (Pirae 2027) will be held in Pirae, Tahiti from July 24 to August 7, 2027.

Only those athletes who achieve the qualifying times in the events set out below are eligible for consideration to attend the Games. All times must be achieved within the qualifying period of December 1, 2025 to March 30, 2027 at a GSF or GNOC-sanctioned event. Times achieved outside of the qualifying period will not be accepted.

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2023 Pacific Games Solomon Islands Results

Only entry times from events with distances of 100 meters or more shall be accepted for qualification purposes. Fifty meter (50m) distance events will be allowed at the competition.

Athletes who equal or better the posted QT in one or more events are preliminarily qualified for consideration to participate in the Pacific Games, provided that all other qualification and eligibility requirements are met. This includes (but is not limited to), the athlete’s rank & times, technical skill, age, maturity, fitness, residency, citizenship, ethics, and behavior.

Athletes entered in individual events can be used in relays, even if they have not achieved the QT for the corresponding stroke and distance of the relay in which they are entered.

No one has the right or entitlement to participate in the competition. At all times, the final selection of athletes and officials to the team, including event entries, is subject to the discretion of Guam Aquatics, the Guam National Olympic Committee, and/or the relevant organizing committee.


*If no 50-meter times are available, 25-meter times may be submitted to GSF for conversion and possible consideration.

**Qualifying time standards for the Pacific Games, the Micronesian Games, and other GNOC-sanctioned events are guided by the 1991 order of the GNOC Executive Board that qualification to participate shall be minimally based on the times of the third (3rd) place finishers in the “A” finals for each event as achieved during the last edition of the relevant Games, which was the 2023 Solomon Islands. Subject to GNOC’s approval, the GSF may allow for minimum QTs equal to the time achieved by the last place finisher in the “A” finals for each event, which is typically the 6th or 8th place depending on the competition.

2024 Micronesian Games Qualifying Time Standards

The 10th Micronesian Games will be held in the Marshall Islands from June 15-24, 2024.

The qualifying time period is January 1, 2023 to April 30, 2024. All times must be earned at a GSF or GNOC-sanctioned event.

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2014 Micronesian Games Results, Pool Events

2018 Micronesian Games Results, Open Water Swim

Athletes who equal or better the QT in one or more 25-meter or 25-yard individual events are preliminarily qualified for consideration to participate in the Micronesian Games, provided that all other qualification requirements are met. This includes (but is not limited to), the athlete’s rank & times, technical skill, age, maturity, fitness, residency, citizenship, ethics, and behavior.

No one has the right or entitlement to participate in the competition. At all times, and regardless of any athlete or official’s application for nomination to the Micronesian Games, the final selection of athletes and officials to the team including event entries is subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Guam National Olympic Committee and/or the relevant organizing committee.

*Qualifying time standards for the Micronesian Games, the Pacific Games, and other GNOC-sanctioned events are guided by the 1991 order of the GNOC Executive Board that qualification to participate shall be minimally based on the times of the third (3rd) place finishers in the finals for each event as achieved during the last edition of the relevant Games (2014 for pool events and 2018 for open water events). With approval, the GSF may allow for minimum times achieved by the last place finisher in the finals for each event, which is typically the 6th or 8th place depending on the competition.