2015 World Championships Pick ‘Em Contest presented by TYR

You’ve clamored for it in the comments, and we heard you. SwimSwam’s official Pick ‘Em Contest is back for the 2015 FINA World Championships.

Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 1.20.27 PMThis summer, TYR is providing a great package of prizes, including the brand-new Avictor technical suit and Blackhawk goggles. Daily winners will take home prize packs on each of the meet’s 8 days, and the overall series winner will get a Grand Prize at the meet’s conclusion.

This is it, swimming fans. Your status as world swimming expert is on the line. So get out those crystal balls* and start proving your mettle!

*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.

Entries will close at 11:59 PM U.S. Eastern Time (aka, New York City) on Saturday, August 1st.


Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 1.17.40 PMPrize packages will come courtesy of TYR:

Daily winners will win a prize bundle featuring the new TYR Blackhawk Goggles and a swim cap.

The overall Grand Prize winner will receive the new TYR Avictor technical racing suit, as well as the new TYR Blackhawk Goggles and a swim cap.


Our scoring system is the same as it was for last summer’s U.S. National Championships:

  • 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

Note: there are some very tempting “Other” selections this year, so be sure to peruse the entry lists before making your choices. For example, Nathan Adrian is not a top-8 seed in the 50 free. You’ll be rewarded handsomely if you hit right!


Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 1.20.12 PMAll 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 2015 World Championships Pick ‘Em Here

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6 years ago

Where is the voting?

PVS Swimmer
6 years ago

how do i enter?

Rick Mears
Reply to  PVS Swimmer
6 years ago

Agree…nothing comes up for me. I usually go to the site with chrome and have the plugins set to not automatically load due to the videos that automatically start on every Swim Swam page, but even after turning them back on to load automatically no luck.

Reply to  PVS Swimmer
6 years ago

There’s a link at the bottom, and the side bar.

6 years ago

Always wanted an avictor to replace my carbon pro

Reply to  Uberfan
6 years ago

I’ll take your carbon pro then

Reply to  hswimmer
6 years ago

We can trade

Reply to  Uberfan
6 years ago

I only have the speedo lzr pro

6 years ago

My picks could probably better be called “My optimistic predictions for a best case scenario for the Canadians”! Go Canada!

6 years ago

1. Once you start picking, can you stop and finish later?

2. If it’s before the deadline can you go back to your picks and change them?

Reply to  kylecw
6 years ago

1. No
2. No

6 years ago

Top races for me in terms of excitement level are the women’s 100 free, the men’s 200 back, and the women’s 1500. 100 free is the deepest field and I think a world record might come from Sarah or cate. 200 back because I would love to see Ryan Murphy win a gold medal. 1500 because Katie ledecky is ballsy as hell and races to hurt. Seriously the prefontaine of swimming. Needs to be recognized.

6 years ago

done and done… now just let the games begin so I can see how bad I pick em.

6 years ago

I have just voted, can I see my answers somewhere?

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