2014 US Summer Nationals Pick ‘Em Contest has arrived!

The day you’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived – SwimSwam’s official 2014 U.S. National Championships Pick ‘Em Contest is here! So put those crystal balls* to good use and make your picks. Nike Swim has provided prize packages for all 5 daily winners, plus a big prize bundle for the overall winner of the meet.

*Those with actual working crystal balls are not allowed to enter.


You pick the top four in each event, we give you points. It’s as simple as that. We’ve cut the list off at the top 8 seeds, but have added an “other” option for anyone feeling more daring.


Prize packages will come courtesy of Nike Swim:

Daily winners will win a prize bundle of Nike goggles, swim cap and lanyard.

The overall Grand Prize winner will receive the new Nike swimmer’s backpack, a swim cap, a pair of goggles and a sweatshirt.


Our scoring system is the same as it was for men’s and women’s NCAAs this spring, a slightly tweaked system from some of our previous Pick ‘Em Contests:

  • 1st – 4 points
  • 2nd – 4 points
  • 3rd – 3 points
  • 4th – 2 points
  • Correctly Picking “Other” in correct spot – 3 bonus points, plus earned points
  • Successfully predicting a swimmer in the top 4, but in the wrong spot – 1 bonus point


All ties will be broken by the following order:

  1. Who had the most 1st place picks correct
  2. Who had the most 2nd place picks correct
  3. Who had the most 3rd place picks correct
  4. Who had the most 4th place picks correct
  5. Who has the highest overall score (if tie is for a daily prize)
  6. Drawing of lots


Before entering, please read the official rules here. Picks are due for the contest by the time Wednesday’s prelims session begins.

Enter the 2014 US Summer Nationals Pick ‘Em Here

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Sean S
6 years ago

I’m not a fan of having the relays as a part of the contest, there is simply no way to know who will be swimming on the relays and the picks will be a total crapshoot.

6 years ago

Will their be email conformation upon entry?

6 years ago

Are the Europeans participants still not ” allowed ” to win either the daily prize or overall prize ???

6 years ago

Hey Ervinforthewin – that’s correct. You’re still welcome to play, but there’s complications with awarding prizes to international contestants.

Reply to  Braden Keith
6 years ago

Thanks Braden , i saw later that we still can’t win any prize if we are not Us citizens . No problemo , it’s for the fun anyway and the thrill of making predictions .

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