2019 Men’s NCAA Pick ‘Em Contest is Live

It’s bold predictions time… we’re launching our annual Men’s NCAA Championships Pick ‘Em Contest with a tweaked scoring format and a lineup of great prizes! This year’s contest is sponsored by FINIS, who will be providing prizes to the winners.

Not sure who to pick? Stay tuned for our official event-by-event previews starting this week.



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.

We’re streamlining our team picks scoring, awarding 10 points for picking the winning team and 5 points for each correctly-guessed team after that:

  • 1st – 10
  • 2nd-10th – 5

Picks will close at 4PM Eastern Time on Wednesday, March 27th, 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’ve had in the past 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:

  • FINIS swim cap
  • FINIS Goggles
  • FINIS T-Shirt

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

  • FINIS Rival 2.0 Tech Suit
  • FINIS Dome Cap
  • FINIS Goggles


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

Pick’em Prizes are courtesy of FINIS, a SwimSwam partner. 

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JP input is too short
1 year ago

Um, so there’s some guys missing in the 400 IM… I don’t see DeVine anywhere.

Andrew Mering
Reply to  JP input is too short
1 year ago

Should be fixed now.

Right Dude Here
1 year ago

Townley Haas is not a select-able swimmer in the 200 free.

I think that might be a problem.

Reply to  Right Dude Here
1 year ago

We’re working on it…crickets in the code.

Reply to  Right Dude Here
1 year ago

I think they assumed Dean would sweep top 8 without even swimming it

1 year ago

Are college swimmers allowed to win prizes?

Reply to  Swimfan1242
1 year ago

Put your parents name in

JP input is too short
Reply to  Swimfan1242
1 year ago

Generally no, you’re not allowed to “bet” on any NCAA sport if you are an NCAA athlete. This was sometimes an important thing to remember come March Madness time.

Former College Swimmer
Reply to  Swimfan1242
1 year ago

As for NCAA rules, you are allowed to win prizes as long as you did not pay to enter the contest. If you are concerned your institution may have different rules I would stay on the side of caution and not enter for prizes.

Reply to  Former College Swimmer
1 year ago

And it’s open to all, not just athletes.

HOWEVER, there may be other rules involving ‘having a stake in your own competition’ that could apply to some athletes. When in doubt, it’s best to ask.

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