2017 World Champs Pick Em Contest: Day 7 Update Presented By TYR



A big day 7 vaulted joker23 back into the lead – he or she wins the day 7 total by 7 points and now leads the overall scores by 17.

Day 7 Leaders

Rank Event Day 7 Points
1 Joker23 64
2 Dwill 57
3 Leo 56
4 Ronan Mccarthy 55
4 SnorkelSnrekel 55
6 Harrison Andrews 54.5
7 arentchagladitsnot_yulia 54
8 swimswamsam 53.5
9 Paul Baxter 53
10 mgl10306 52
10 Holland Hawkeye 52

Overall Leaders

Rank Event Total Points
1 Joker23 286
2 Captain Ahab 269
3 ThatSwimKid 265.5
4 Junker23 258
5 GatorFan4000 254
6 james7187 253
7 Blomgren 252
8 NickH 251
9 Paul Baxter 249.5
10 spa0102 248

How Everyone Did

There were three relatively easy-to-predict events on day 7, along with a few where the Pick ‘Em majority was head-scratchingly wrong.

Event Winner % Correctly Predicted
Women’s 200 back Emily Seebohm 9%
Men’s 100 fly Caeleb Dressel 17%
Men’s 50 free Caeleb Dressel 31%
Mixed 4×100 free relay USA 87%
Women’s 50 fly Sarah Sjostrom 98%
Women’s 800 free Katie Ledecky 100%

Every single player picked Katie Ledecky to win the 800, which shows how seriously everyone is taking this competition – it wasn’t worth sacrificing 7 points to jokingly select Dean Farris.

Meanwhile 98% of players picked Sarah Sjostrom to win the 50 fly. There were a handful of blank selections along with 3 picks for American Kelsi Worrell and one for Japan’s Rikako Ikee.

At the other end of the spectrum, only 9% of players saw Emily Seebohm winning the 200 back after a disastrous Olympics. Katinka Hosszu was the popular pick, with some Kathleen Bakers thrown in.

And Pick ‘Em players were thrown off in startingly high numbers by Joseph Schooling‘s now-infamous post-practice 50.7 in the 100 fly. Just 17% picked Caeleb Dressel to win even after beating Schooling head-to-head at NCAAs and hitting the world’s #1 time at U.S. Nationals. 77% of players picked Schooling, who wound up tying for 3rd in 50.8, certainly the first time in history a rumored practice swim has turned out to be faster than actual verified in-meet performance.

A few more stats of note:

  • Not a single player picked Egypt’s Farida Osman anywhere in the top 4. She took bronze, Egypt’s first-ever Worlds medal.
  • Likewise, no one picked Hungary’s Kristof Milak anywhere in the top 4 of the 100 fly. He took silver, ahead of Schooling and James Guy.

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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