2016 Olympic Trials Pick ‘Em: Final Results


Night Seven Top Scorers:

1. UAHSalum – 46 points
2. Cindy K – 44
3. GoVols – 43
T-4. J Janszen – 42
T-4. LTyke – 42

Night Eight Top Scorers:

T-1. dan – 34 points
T-1. JHS – 34
T-1. brandesc – 34
T-1. Beccamarie – 34
T-1. tmaida1 – 34
T-1. Ethan00 – 34
T-1. BooYa – 34

Overall FINAL Standings:

1. Mike9600 – 247 points
2. THEO – 245 
3. TartarSauce – 242
4. kevmvirn – 239
T-5. fvb – 238
T-5. ScottyW – 238

Congratulations to Mike9600, our overall champion with 247 points!  Despite never finishing in the top 8 on a particular night, his general consistency gave him the edge over the field.  Our night seven winner was UAHSalum with 46 points, while night eight brought a seven-way tie for first place (with there only being two events contested).

Night seven & eight notes:

  • Average (days 7 & 8 together): 41.0
  • Median: 41.5
  • Standard deviation: 9.96
    • ~66% of readers scored between 31.1 and 51.0 points
    • ~95% of readers scored between 21.1 and 61.0 points
  • 590 of 592 contestants who made 800 freestyle picks selected Katie Ledecky to win.  The two non-Ledecky picks were for Leah Smith
  • 573 of 595 contestants who made 100 fly picks selected Michael Phelps to win
  • Not a single reader picked Seth Stubblefield to finish in the top three of the men’s 100 fly, and just seven picked him to finish fourth
  • The women’s 200 backstroke was by far the weakest event of the meet; our readers made just 59 correct picks out of a possible 2371 (just 2.5% accuracy)
  • 575 of 593 contestants who made men’s 1500 picks selected Connor Jaeger to win
  • Not a single reader picked Chris Wieser to finish in the top four


NOTE: total scores have shifted due a scoring fix from night six w

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4th! Better than I could have ever predicted! Thank you guys for putting together such a fun way to make our predictions…Can’t wait for the next one!


A solid 80th. I’ll take that for my first pick ’em. My picks went off a cliff towards the end of the meet. e.g. Lawrence and Meili in the 200 breast


This was lots of fun, I’ll definitely do it for the Olympics and 2017 NCAA’s. The following 4 things were probably the biggest 4 happenings that affected people’s scores the most
1. Becca Mann’s overall poor performance
2. Phelps not swimming the freestyle events
3. No Ella Eastin in the top 4 of either IM event
4. Grevers and Coughlin not making the team

IMO, the hardest decisions to make were: mens 100 back and 1st and 2nd between DiRado and Beisel in the 400 im. Or maybe women’s 200 free 2nd, 3rd, and 4th between Smith, Scmhitt, and Missy (Try saying “Smith,Schmitt, Missy 5 times fast!)

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