2018 Women’s NCAA Championship Pick ‘Em Contest, Presented by A3

The Pick ‘Em Contest for the 2017 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships has arrived! This year’s contest is sponsored by SwimSwam partners A3, who will be providing prizes to the winners.

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

Click Here to Enter!


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.

In the team picks, correctly picking a team to finish in exactly each place will earn this many points:

  • 1st – 20

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  • 2nd – 17
  • 3rd – 16
  • 4th – 15
  • 5th – 14
  • 6th – 13
  • 7th – 12
  • 8th – 11
  • 9th – 9
  • 10th – 7

Picks will close at 4PM Eastern Time on Wednesday, March 14th, and at that time, we will post everyone’s picks for them to see.

By using the new Google Forms format, you CAN go in and edit your responses up until 4 PM on Wednesday. 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.

Note: this year, we’ve solved a technical limitation that we had last year that made it impossible to change your mind on the team selections once a team had been clicked. The “JK” columns are designed for any such errors. If you don’t need them, feel free to leave them blank!


The highest scorer on each of the 3 days of the meet (with days 1 and 2 being combined for prize purposes) will receive the following prize package:

The person who has the most points at the end of the competition will win the grand prize:


Anybody is eligible to play, but only certain people are eligible for prizes. 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 the sponsor in order to distribute prizes

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I’m going to give this my best. My wife will choose for the men’s NCAA contest. She always beats me in football pools – she picks based on the cutest quarterback. It will be interesting to see if her methodology works for swimming . . .

Steve Swims

You should choose based on the hottest girls and see if that works for you!


I can’t. I’m too much a fan of women’s swimming. When my wife’s standing in the men’s contest is higher than mine in this one – she can tease me about all the hours I spend at swim meets.


The fact that you said that Steve should have NCAA and USA Swimming scared. This comment is not OK. My child is 17 and you have shared that you will base her swimming on if my underage daughter is hot!?


Any way to account for ties in our picks, i.e. last year’s 200 freestyle w/ Ledecky & Comerford?


As a future collegiate swimmer who is 18 years old, what would accepting prizes have to do with my eligibility? It’s extremly unlikely I would win, but if that event occurs I’m just wondering what any ramifications towards my ability to compete in the NCAA may be. Any feedback would be great, thanks.


Maybe shoot an email with the link over to your future college’s compliance officer, just to be safe?

Years of Plain Suck

As several D1 head swimming coaches (one retired, the other deceased) told me:

“If it sounds like it makes common sense, it’s probably an NCAA violation.”

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