2023 Micronesian Games rescheduled

New dates have been established for the 10th Micronesian Games to be held in Majuro, Marshall Islands. Instead of July 25 to August 5, 2023, the the multi-sport event was moved up a few days and will now be held between July 22 to August 1, 2023.

Originally scheduled for the summer of 2022, the Micronesian Games was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In July, the Micronesian Games Council announced that Nauru will host the 11th edition in 2026.

25M Short Course Swim Meet Results: October 29, 2022

Thank you to all the volunteers, parents, and supporters who helped make today’s short course (25m) swim meet at Andersen Air Force Base a success!

Download the results here.

This was the second swim meet of the comeback 2022-2023 season and the first time at the AAFB pool since October 2019.

Today’s meet (and the October 2019 meet) would not have been possible without the exceptional generosity and sponsorship of Wing Chaplain Lt. Col. Kelvin W. Francis to whom GSF expresses its sincere thanks and gratitude.

GSF also extends its thanks to the members of the AAFB community who went out of their way to support our swim athletes, including Maj. Jessica L. Zamparini, Commander, 36th Force Support Squadron; Mr. Gerard Barnes, FSS athletic director; Ms. Erin Criss, head lifeguard; the personnel of the SFS/VCC; the AAFB Pubic Affairs office; and of course, home team and GSF member, the Andersen Marlins!

Short Course (25m) Swim Meet to be held at Andersen Air Force Base on October 29, 2022

Update 10/30/2022: View this meet’s results.

The Guam Swimming Federation is pleased to announce that a short course (25m) swim meet will be held at the Andersen Air Force Base swimming pool on Saturday, October 29, 2022.

Set up time will be 0730. The meet will begin at 0800 and end at 1100.

All participants attending the swim meet shall abide by the following rules which are subject to change and/or amendment at any time. Any updates and changes will be announced as soon as available.

  1. The meet will be open to all ages.
  2. Swimmers who have not already registered as athletes with Guam Swimming for 2022 must complete and submit the Athlete Registration form and the Liability Indemnification Release form to GSF by Friday, October 14, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.
  3. Due to strict time and capacity restraints, coaches shall decide the team swim roster depending on the event program that will be announced at a later date. Only those swimmers on the roster will be invited to attend the meet.
  4. Family members (2 parents, siblings, etc.) will be allowed to attend.
  5. Only swimmers, coaches, and officials will be allowed on the pool deck. Families, friends, and everyone else must stay on the grassy area outside the fence that surrounds the pool deck at all times. Canopies and chairs may be set up on the grass.
  6. A map of the team village on the grassy area will be provided before the meet
  7. Participants and families from the local teams of Manhoben, Manukai, and Tsunami who require military base access must fill out the online survey form here by no later than Friday, October 14, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.
  8. All persons age 18 years and over who require military base access shall submit a photo identification. The following photo identifications are acceptable:
    • U.S. passport;
    • Non-USA passport (FSM, Palau, Japan, etc) with a copy of the Form I-94 from U.S. Customs & Border Protection;
    • A “Real ID” with a star in the top right corner. But if it is a GUAM Real ID, then it MUST be issued after 2018. Anything before 2018 must provide a copy of a birth certificate in addition to the Guam Real ID;
    • Driver’s License with a copy of a birth certificate;
    • Permanent Resident card (Green Card); or
    • Naturalization Certificate.

25M Short Course Swim Meet Results: September 24, 2022

The first official swim meet since 2020 was held today at the Charles King Fitness Center, Naval Base Guam. A huge shout out and thank you to the many folks who worked so hard for months to make this event happen, most especially to our host team Guam Typhoonz Swim Club and all the NBG and MWR personnel.

See meet results here.

GSF Athlete Selection Criteria: Base Time Proximity Standard

On August 12, 2022, the GSF unanimously adopted the BASE TIME PROXIMITY STANDARD to calculate the times and ranking of athletes to be selected for attendance at international off-island competitions, with the exception of the Olympic Games. Sometimes called the “Percentage of Time Standard,” the criteria is used by major swim federations to establish a uniform way to compare times and rank athletes across different events. 

The standard compares the difference between a swim athlete’s time in an individual event to the “B” time standard (ie, the “Base Time”) for that same event as established by a competition’s meet organizers. The formula divides the athlete’s time by the Base Time, and the quotient is converted to a percentage. Athletes will be ranked in order of their percentages, with the highest ranking athlete being the one whose swim time is closest to the Base Time (or “1”).

For the Olympic Games, the qualification and selection criteria shall be that as established by FINA. For universality placement, and at GSF, GNOC, and FINA’s discretion, only the male and female athlete who have achieved the highest FINA Points Table score in any individual Olympic event, as achieved at a FINA-approved qualification event during the qualification period, shall be entered.

Two athletes of the same gender entered via Universality are not permitted. An athlete entering through Universality will be limited to a maximum of up to two Olympic Games in his/her career provided the athlete is not older than the age of thirty (30) as of 31st December of the Olympic year.

2023 Pacific Games is a FINA qualifying event for 2024 Doha World Champs & Paris 2024 Olympic Games

The Pacific Games Council has announced that the 2023 Solomon Island games scheduled for November 19 to December 2, 2023, will be recognized by FINA as a qualification event for the 2024 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. The Games will also be recognized as a qualifier for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics.

Additionally, athlete eligibility for the Solomon Islands will utilize FINA regulations.

FINA announces qualifying times for Fukuoka 50M World Championships

The qualifying time standards for the 20th FINA 50M World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan have been announced. Originally scheduled for 2022, the event was postponed due to Covid and will now be held between July 14 to 30, 2023.

Download the time standards here.

Doha, Qatar to host 21st World Championships (50M) in February 2024

In what should be the last of the Covid reshuffling, FINA has rescheduled the 21st World Championships that was originally scheduled to take pace in Doha, Qatar in July 2023 to February 2 to 18, 2024. The change was necessitated because the 2022 championship event scheduled for Fukuoka, Japan was pushed back to July 2023. Instead of Fukuoka, the 2022 event was moved to Budapest, Hungary.

Melbourne to host FINA short course (25M) World Championships

Melbourne, Australia has replaced Kazan, Russia as the host of the 16th FINA short course (25M) World Championships. The event will be held December 13 to 18, 2022.

Update June 20, 2022: Melbourne qualifying times have been released and can be downloaded here.