NO RIGHT TO COMPETE.  Participation in any national (local Guam) or international competition with and through Guam Swimming is a privilege, not a right.

All competition nominations and entries are subject to the discretion of, and acceptance by, Guam Swimming, “which may at its discretion, refuse any entry, without indication of grounds. Nobody is entitled as of right to participate in the Olympic Games” or in any other games or competition. [Source: Olympic Charter Rule 44; GNOC Code of Conduct (“Membership on the Guam National Team. . . competing Internationally and Nationally . . .is an honor and a privilege.”)].

Participation in GSF events, 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 an official meet sponsored by Guam Swimming?

To be eligible to take part in official competitions organized by Guam Swimming, an aquatics athlete must be a current registered competitor in good standing with a member team of Guam Swimming. However, an unregistered (aka “unattached”) athlete may informally join a team’s practice sessions if the team permits it.

Athletes from jurisdictions outside of Guam who are invited to participate in an International Swim Meet sponsored by Guam Swimming may swim in that invitational meet 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 hold 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 hold a Guam swimming competition record and/or a Guam time.

A visiting athlete is eligible to win medals at a Guam International Swim Meet, but not to hold a swim record even if the time achieved during the competition is faster than the Guam record.

How is eligibility to swim in an international meet held outside of Guam determined?

Unless announced otherwise, the following is a basic outline of how athletes are generally selected to attend international competition:

First, to be eligible to represent Guam at any international GSF or GNOC-sanctioned gaming event,[1] an athlete must be a current registered competitor in good standing with a member team of Guam Swimming.

Second, the athlete must also fulfill the age, residency, eligibility, and qualification requirements as are from time to time promulgated by the GNOC, World Aquatics, or other organizing body assigned jurisdiction over the specific competition.

Third, if the athlete meets the first two criteria, then selection to the team depends on the particular competition. No two international meets are ever alike. Each differs depending on the requirements of the government of the host country, the event organizing committee, and the applicable qualifying times.

For the Micronesian Games, Pacific Games, invitational federation-level meets, and GNOC-sanctioned events, athletes are nominated by their head coach depending on their times, rank, skill, behavior, and maturity. There is generally no quota limiting the number of athletes who can be on the team. However, the final number and athlete selection is subject to the discretion and approval of GSF and 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 WA for the particular competition. The qualifying times are announced in the months leading up to the event and are published on the WA 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 WA qualifying times, then the top two athletes of each gender whose times come closest to the qualifying times will be selected.

The swim times eligible for consideration must be earned either at a Guam championship meet or else at a WA-sanctioned meet held outside of Guam within the stated qualifying time period. Swim times will be ranked, and athletes will be selected, based upon application of the Base Time Proximity Standard.

Guam’s quota for WA competitions is limited to a maximum of four athletes: two (2) males and two (2) females. Entering more than four total athletes is not permitted. Entering more than two of a gender is also not permitted even if the quota of four athletes is not reached (for example: a team of three males and one female, or three females and zero males, is not allowed). Each athlete may swim two individual events, plus the mixed team relays. Event entries are made at the discretion of the national team coach after consultation with the athlete.

How are athletes selected for the Olympic Games?

For the Summer Olympic Games, only one (1) male and (1) female athlete will be selected. Entering more than two total athletes (one male & one female) or entering two athletes of the same gender is not permitted.

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

The OQT must have been earned in a 50M long course pool during an Olympic-qualifying competition sanctioned by WA and held during the applicable qualifying period. Short course (25Y and 25M) times and non-Olympic qualifying competitions that are not sanctioned by WA 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 WA website.

What if no athlete achieves an Olympic Qualifying Time?

If no athletes have achieved an OQT, then WA may invite athletes to participate through Universality Placement. Only athletes who have participated in the WA 50M World Championships held in the year before the Olympic Games are eligible for a Universality invitation.

Unlike the World Championships which utilizes the Base Time Proximity Standard to determine selection, a Universality invitation to the Olympic Games is extended only to those athletes who have achieved the highest World Aquatics Points Table score in an individual 50M Olympic swimming event. Universality athletes are limited to enter only one (1) event at the Olympic Games.

Swim times and points earned outside of the qualifying period, or in a 25Y or 25M event (to include the WA 25M World Championships), or in a non-Olympic qualifying competition do not count towards the Olympics.

An athlete entering through Universality is limited to a maximum of two (2) 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.

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

If invited, a GSF member swim team may send its athletes to private “club meets” 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.

[1] Including but not limited to e.g., Micronesian Games, Pacific Mini Games, Pacific Games, East Asian Games, Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games, Oceania Swimming Championships, all World Aquatics competitions, Pan Pacific Games, Youth Olympics, and Olympic Games.

XVI Pacific Games Final Roster and Documents due Friday, May 12, 2023

Athletes who previously turned in documents for the Micronesian Games do not need to resubmit new documents for the Pacific Games, with the exception of the GNOC Power of Attorney for Minors which must be renewed and resubmitted for each Games.

Only those athletes who did not previously submit documents for the Micronesian Games need to turn in completed original hard copy documents by the Friday, May 12 deadline as stated below.

The XVI Pacific Games is scheduled to take place between November 19 to December 2, 2023 in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

This competition is open to all swimmers who meet the GNOC residency requirements and the FINA minimum age requirements (14-years old for girls and 15-years old for boys as of December 31 of the year of the event).

It is the personal responsibility of each athlete and swim club to learn the requirements and to make sure that their nominations and documents are submitted in time.

In order to ensure timely processing, all documents must be turned into GSF by NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2023. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Documents and forms required to be completed and turned in to GSF for each participant by FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2023 are:
1. GNOC Athlete Nomination Form;
2. GNOC Eligibility Code of Conduct/Waiver;
3. GNOC Residency Guidelines & Information Sheet on Residency Matters;
4. GNOC 2023 Handbook;
5. Copy of U.S. Passport (must be valid through June 30, 2024);
6. A high resolution digital photo in *.jpg format at 300kb-500b. No facial expressions (i.e.: smiling, teeth showing, etc.); no obstructions on face, head, and neck area (i.e.: prescription glasses, sunglasses, hats, scarves, etc.); and must have a light-colored background (white/off-white). Non-compliant photos will be returned.
7. Police Clearance;
8. Court Clearance;
9. GNOC Physical/Medical Clearance Form; and
10. ORADO TUE Form: For athletes taking medication(s) containing prohibited substances for an illness(es)/condition(s).

Regardless of TUE status, it is EVERY ATHLETE’S RESPONSIBILITY to review and understand the WADA Prohibited List. Parents of minor athletes MUST also review and understand the WADA Prohibited List. There is zero tolerance for not abiding by WADA and ORADO requirements/standards. No excuses accepted.

- Parent/Guardian of minor athlete(s) under the age of 18 years old MUST countersign all GNOC documents.

- Additionally, the GNOC Power of Attorney for Minors must be submitted prior to travel. A new Power of Attorney is required to be signed and submitted for each Games regardless of whether a previous POA was submitted.

- All documents must be in the form of hard printed copies with original signatures. This includes documents for Athletes/Team Officials who may be located off-island.

- Digital or email copies, and incomplete or unsigned documents, will NOT be accepted. All non-compliant and/or untimely documents SHALL be returned.

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!