2022 World Championships: Who did SwimSwam Readers Pick to Win Each Event?


The 2022 World Championships begin tomorrow morning at 3 am EST, midnight PST. Many of our readers took the time to fill out the Pick ’em contest form and below we have placed the pie chart with the picks for each event and its winner.

Some events were closer than others. For example, Katie Ledecky took home all of the first place picks in both the 800 and 1500 freestyles. This is quite the opposite from events such as the men’s 400 IM where three men have about the same amount of votes for first or the women’s 100 free where two women have around the same votes. Some events do not have the top seed even close to being the top pick such as the men’s 50 fly, women’s 50 back, or women’s 400 IM.

Women’s 200 IM

Men’s 400 Free

Women’s 100 Fly

Men’s 50 Fly

Women’s 400 Free

Men’s 100 Breast

Men’s 400 IM

Women’s 4×100 Free Relay

Men’s 4×100 Free Relay

Women’s 100 Back

Men’s 100 Back

Women’s 100 Breast

Men’s 200 Free

Women’s 1500 Free

Men’s 50 Breast

Women’s 200 Free

Men’s 200 Fly

Men’s 800 Free

Women’s 50 Back

Men’s 100 Free

Men’s 200 IM


Women’s 200 Fly

Mixed 4×100 Medley Relay

Women’s 100 Free

Men’s 200 Back

Women’s 200 Breast

Men’s 200 Breast

Women’s 4×200 Free Relay

Men’s 100 Fly

Women’s 200 Back

Men’s 50 Free








Women’s 50 Fly

Men’s 4×200 Free Relay

Women’s 800 Free

Women’s 50 Free

Men’s 50 Back

Women’s 50 Breast

Mixed 4×100 Free Relay

Men’s 1500 Free


Women’s 400 IM

Men’s 4×100 Medley Relay

Women’s 4×100 Medley Relay



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Awsi Dooger
1 month ago

At first glance the standout variable is that the favorites are considerably higher than their betting odds would be

Reply to  Awsi Dooger
1 month ago

Where can we see the betting odds? I can’t find any.

1 month ago

32.5% picking USA for 200 free relay, more than Aus and Canada. That is probably the biggest surprise.

Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

Clearly a lot of American responders on this. No chance that happens this year.

Fobby Binke
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

I am very surprised.

1 month ago

The trust we all have in Ledecky just shows how dominant she is.

1 month ago

Some Interesting picks.

Have you thought about putting the swimmers in % order instead of time order? For most events you can’t really tell outside of the top 2. Or even have both time and pick % next to their name?

1 month ago

A couple of the legends look off: no one picked USA for the men’s 4×200 or Australia for the mixed 4×100 free relays?

Reply to  chickenlamp
1 month ago

No one picking McIntosh in 200 fly is a bit strange too

Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

From my understanding the legend doesn’t list them in order picked but by seed. So when they’re seeded out of the top 8 (or the seed is messed up like the men’s 4×200) they still get a slice of the pie but aren’t listed in the legend (eg. I believe the 41.8% for the 4×200 is the US and the fourth small slice for the women’s 200 fly is probably McIntosh since those colours don’t seem to match any in the legend).

Reply to  Anya Pelshaw
1 month ago

That’s surprising.

Reply to  Anya Pelshaw
1 month ago

I don’t see the US listed for this relay.

Reply to  chickenlamp
1 month ago

Aus and USA aren’t using a QT for mixed free hence why we can’t see their colour

Armstrong 100 back gold in Fukuoka
1 month ago

lol at so many people still picking Duncan Scott.


To be fair, the pick em contest started before he withdrew.

Reply to  FST
1 month ago

Nah, his withdrawal was reported more than a day before the pickem contest was posted.

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Anya has been with SwimSwam since June 2021 as both a writer and social media coordinator. She was in attendance at the 2022 Women's NCAA Championships writing and doing social media for SwimSwam. Currently, Anya is pursuing her B.A. in Government & Law and Economics at Lafayette College. There she is …

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