Our Wild Predictions
Our real “wild predictions” were meant to be a bit of a hot take. Nothing too obvious, but also something fun enough that it could happen. Let us know in the comments what you think is most likely to happen and least likely to happen.
They all start off as “My wild prediction for 2023 is that…..”
Ben: 7 Arizona State University pro swimmers will make the US 2023 World Championship team. That is Chase Kalisz, Jay Litherland, Olivia Smoliga, Simone Manuel, Regan Smith, Ryan Held, and Hali Flickinger.
Anne: We will have new champions in the men’s and women’s Division II of the NCAA, no repeat for Queens.
Braden: Michael Phelps‘ 400 IM Record gets broken
Anya: The Texas Women will go 1-2-3 in the 200 fly at NCAAs.
YanYan: Kate Douglass will win the 200 IM at the LCM World Championships and will split sub-30 on the freestyle leg.
Riley: Jordan Crooks will go undefeated in the 50 freestyle for the whole year.
Retta: Great Britain’s Lewis Burras will wind up on the podium in the men’s 50 freestyle at Worlds in Japan.
Spencer: Summer McIntosh will break the women’s long course 400 free and 400 IM World Records.
Annika: More breaststroke DQ’s for the dolphin kick at the end of the breaststroke kicks that we’ve been seeing.
Barry: LeBron James buys the LA Current helping kickstart the ISL, nevertheless, the LA Current will once again finish fourth.
Sophie: Daniel Diehl wins an individual medal at Worlds.
Giusy: Gregorio Paltrinieri will set a World Record.
Our Alter Ego Takes
Time for us to have some fun and give some alter ego takes. Have some fun and read them below:
Ben: “The 2023 men’s NCAA podium in the 500 free will feature 3 men from Purdue”
Sophie: “Beata Nelson gets to swim at 2023 SCM Worlds”- (Note: Sophie knows there is no 2023 SCM Worlds but it is still funny)
YanYan: “Ariarne Titmus retires from swimming so we are forever deprived of the Ledecky vs Titmus vs McIntosh showdown”
Anya: “The Iowa men and the Michigan State women will win the 2023 Big Ten Championship. Oh wait-”
Nicole: “In 2023, Caeleb Dressel will not make a US International Roster”
So it is probably obvious that all of either section will not happen. The good news is that technically it all could be possible because there is no event overlap with the picks such as two people winning an event at Worlds when that is impossible unless there is a tie. We can only cross our fingers and look forward to this exciting year and see how many of these “wild” takes will happen.
What wild or hot takes do you have for the swimming community as we enter 2023? Let us know in the comments here or on the Instagram (and TikTok) posts.