2018 U.S. Summer Nationals Pick’Em Contest is Live With Prizes

The Pick ‘Em Contest for the 2018 U.S. Summer National Championships is live!


The Pick ‘Em has always been about bragging rights, but we all do love prizes. Many, many thanks to our U.S. Nationals coverage sponsor, Speedo USA.

The Top Scorer of each day receives:

Speedo Silicone Cap Vanquisher EV Mirrored Goggle, Retro Patch Tee, Teamster Pro Backpack (40L) & Preflex Paddles

Speedo Silicone Cap

Vanquisher EV Mirrored Goggle

Retro Patch Tee

Teamster Pro Backpack (40L)

Preflex Paddles

The Grand Prize Winner, with the most overall points, receives: 

FOR WOMEN – LZR Elite 2 Comfort Strap Kneeskin or  LZR Racer X Kneeskin 

FOR MEN – LZR Racer X Jammer or LZR Elite 2 Jammer


WOMEN’S – LZR Elite 2 Comfort Strap Kneeskin


LZR Racer X Kneeskin

MEN’S – LZR Racer X Jammer


MEN’S – LZR Elite 2 Jammer


Fastskin Cap

Not sure who to pick? Check our official event page for event-by-event previews and predictions.



Correctly picking a swimmer to place:

  • 1st – 7 points
  • 2nd – 5 points
  • 3rd – 4 points
  • 4th – 3 points

Correctly picking a swimmer to place in the top 4, but putting them in the wrong spot, will earn you 1 point.

Picks will close at 8am Pacfic Time on Wednesday, July 25th, and at that time, we will post everyone’s picks for them to see.

You CAN go in and edit your responses up until 6 PM on Tuesday. You can also use this “edit responses” ability to go in and print or save your answers.

The tie-breaker for prizes, if necessary, will be the most correctly-picked winners in the relevant time period, then 2nd-place finishers, then 3rd-place finishers, etc. in the relevant time period.


Anybody is eligible to play, but only certain people are eligible for prizes (which are still being determined). For starters, only one entry per person is allowed. If we discover that you have made multiple entries, we may disqualify all of your entries.

To win prizes, entrant must:

  • Be 18 or older
  • Accept responsibility for any and all taxes
  • Accept responsibility for any impact on high school or college eligibility
  • Be a legal resident of the United States or Canada (prizes will only be mailed to these countries)
  • Must enter contest using their real name
  • No purchase is required for entry
  • Agree to allow SwimSwam to provide their personal information to a sponsor in order to distribute prizes

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4 years ago

How do I check my pickem picks. I entered and edited once using the link above but now that just says the entry is closed.

Reply to  Braden Keith
4 years ago


4 years ago

Can you pick the same person for 1st and 2nd place?

Reply to  Braden Keith
4 years ago

What if say, Dean Farris, swims the 200 free and wins then gets up on the blocks and goes again finishing befor the next person? Does he get first and second? If so, I know how I’m using my four entries for the 100 and 200 free

Reply to  Jump
4 years ago

Based on stats it’s in your best interest not to. Say there are two swimmers you know will come first and second, but you’re not sure which order (think Lochte/Phelps in an IM event).

If you pick the correct order, that’s 7+ 5 = 12 points, and 1 + 1 = 2 if you get it backwards. So assuming a 50% probability either wins (which is bogus in swimming) your expected value is 7 points.

If you put the same name for both 1st and 2nd, your max is 7 points, while your min is 5. So again assuming 50/50 your expected vale is 6 points.

Overall, I guess it’s safer, but statistically you are expected to score less… Read more »

4 years ago

SwimSwam people, would it be possible to change the rules so that people can edit picks in events where swimmers scratch after qualifying? For example, if Kalisz qualifies in 200 fly on the first day then scratches the rest of the meet, can we edit all Kalisz events?

Go Bearcats
Reply to  BSD
4 years ago

Is Nationals the only qualifier for Worlds or does Pan Pacs count as well? If it is the only qualifier for Worlds, I don’t see many people scratching even if they’ve solidified a Pan Pac spot.

Reply to  Go Bearcats
4 years ago

Nationals and PP count; top 1-2 in individual events (per time) go to worlds in the results combined from the two meets.

Captain Ahab
4 years ago

The most difficult pick’em contest. Does anybody know if Ella Eastin is swimming?

samuel huntington
4 years ago

nice prizes!

About Braden Keith

Braden Keith

Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder/co-owner of SwimSwam.com. He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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