Transgender Policies In USA Swimming

Transgender Policies In USA Swimming

Courtesy of USA Swimming, Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

Eden Elgeti was never a competitive swimmer, but she learned how to swim with her grandfather as a child. The 26-year-old transgender swimmer from the UK recently joined the open water swimming community and explained her journey venturing offshore with International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame chairman Ned Denison on WOWSA Live.

For more information about Elgeti, visit @thetransgenderswimmer.

At Fort Myers Beach in Florida this weekend, USA Swimming will host its annual national open water swimming championships. Positions on the 2021-2022 USA Swimming national and junior national teams are up for grabs.

USA Swimming has a transgender policy that states, “Athletes attending this event must abide by IOC policies. Those who transition from male to female are eligible to compete in the female category if the athlete has declared that her gender identity is female. The declaration cannot be changed, for sporting purposes, for a minimum of four years.

The athlete must demonstrate that her total testosterone level in serum has been below 10 nmol/L for at least 12 months prior to her first competition (with the requirement for any longer period to be based on a confidential case-by-case evaluation, considering whether or not 12 months is a sufficient length of time to minimize any advantage in women’s competition).

The athlete’s total testosterone level in serum must remain below 10 nmol/L throughout the period of desired eligibility to compete in the female category.

Compliance with these conditions may be monitored by testing. In the event of non-compliance, the athlete’s eligibility for female competition will be suspended for 12 months.

Any athlete who desires to submit medical records to stay in compliance to the IOC rule shall submit to USA Swimming’s National Team Managing Director: 1) a signed declaration that the member’s gender identity is
female, and (2) an attestation from a medical professional that the member’s total testosterone level in serum has been below 10 nmol/L for at least 12 months prior to the member’s first competition. USA Swimming will not accept actual test results or other medical records from a member and any such documents received by USA Swimming
will be destroyed immediately

USA Swimming policy also states that “as a transitioning athlete, you may need to utilize a medication/substance
that is prohibited and would require approval for use. To ensure compliance with these rules please contact the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) at +1-719-785-2000.

USA Swimming follows IOC guidelines for transgender participants, and therefore this information is subject to change as policy surrounding transgender elite athletes evolves. Information and selection criteria will be updated when changes are made.”

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