Welcome to the first-ever YOTA Swim Team Pick 'Em Contest! Over the next few days, we'll be focusing on the fastest swimmers in the country to see who will move on to represent the United States in Tokyo this summer at the 2021 Olympic Games. The U.S. Olympic Team Trials is the fastest long course meet in the country and the second-fastest long course meet in the world (behind the Olympics). In the Pick 'Em Contest, we'll share with you the top-8 swimmers that are headed into finals in each event. Then, your job is to do your best to research and make your predictions for which swimmers will qualify for the Olympic Team.

Event Timeline & Scoreboard

Click here to view the full scoreboard. To learn how we crunch the data, click here.

Rules & Regulations

  1. This contest is open for anyone and everyone to play, but prizes will only be awarded to current YOTA Swim Team athletes.
  2. Participants are responsible for submitting their own entries accurately and on time. There will be no exceptions made for entry mistakes or late entries.
  3. There is no penalty for participants that choose to join after the contest has begun. There is no penalty if a participant misses an entry submission or decided not to fully complete the contest.
  4. Entries are due by 7:30 PM each evening, right before the finals session starts. The next day’s entry form will be shared in a TeamUnfiy email and posted below at 8:00 AM the next day.
  5. You need to pick one (1) first-place finisher and one (1) second-place finisher in their correct order of finish. The remaining 6 swimmers will be automatically considered as “did not qualify” and you should leave their row of options empty. (See example)
    • Long-time swim fans will note that you can get as low as 4th place or even 6th place sometimes (in the 100 and 200 free) and still qualify. We are only considering the “no strings attached” automatic qualifiers.
  6. Points will be awarded as follows:
    • Correct athlete + correct finish = 2 points
      Correct athlete + wrong finish (e.g. 2nd instead of 1st) = 1 point
      Both athletes correct + both finishes correct = 1 extra bonus point
    • Per event, you can get a total of 5 points, 2 points, 2 points, or 1 point. Let's work thorugh an example:
      • Results 1st: Keaton Williams, 2nd: Katy Williams, 3rd: Jerry Foley
      • 5 points (Both swimmers in correct order): You picked Keaton 1st (2 points), Katy 2nd (2 points), and you receive the bonus point.
      • 2 points (Got 1 swimmer in the correct place)You picked Keaton 1st (2 points), but picked Jerry 2nd (0 points). Alternatively, you could have picked Jerry 1st (0 points), but picked Katy 2nd (2 points).
      • 2 points (Got both swimmers in the wrong place): You picked Katy 1st (1 point) and Keaton 2nd (1 point).
      • 1 point (Got 1 swimmer in the wrong place): You picked Katy 1st (1 point) and Jerry 2nd (0 points). Alternatively, you picked Jerry 1st (0 points) and Keaton 2nd (1 point).

Instructions & Requirements

  1. You must use the same first and last name for each entry. For example, Joe Smith should be used for the entire duration of the competition. Joseph Smith will not be recognized as the same name.
    • Feel free to work with family or friends, but only the name on the entry will be awarded points/possible prizes.
  2. Entries are due by 7:30 PM (EDT), just before the start of the finals session each evening.
  3. The next day's forms will be shared at the time listed in the chart above.

Night of

Finals

Date of

Finals

Event

Lineup

Entry Form

Opens

Entry Form

Closes

Finals

Start Time

Pick ‘Em

Top Scorers

Night 1

Sunday, June 13

MEN'S 400 IM

MEN'S 400 FREE

WOMEN'S 400 IM

12:30 PM (ET)

7:30 PM (ET)

7:45 PM (ET)

TBA

Night 2

Monday, June 14

WOMEN’S 100 FLY

MEN’S 100 BREAST

WOMEN’S 400 FREE

8:00 AM (ET)

7:30 PM (ET)

7:45 PM (ET)

TBA

Night 3

Tuesday, June 15

MEN'S 200 FREE

WOMEN'S 100 BACK

MEN'S 100 BACK

WOMEN'S 100 BREAST

8:00 AM (ET)

7:30 PM (ET)

7:45 PM (ET)

TBA

Night 4

Wednesday, June 16

WOMEN'S 200 FREE

MEN'S 200 FLY

WOMEN'S 200 IM

WOMEN'S 1500 FREE

8:00 AM (ET)

7:30 PM (ET)

7:45 PM (ET)

TBA

Night 5

Thursday, June 17

MEN'S 800 FREE

MEN'S 200 BREAST

WOMEN'S 200 FLY

MEN'S 100 FREE

8:00 AM (ET)

7:30 PM (ET)

7:45 PM (ET)

TBA

Night 6

Friday, June 18

WOMEN'S 200 BREAST

MEN'S 200 BACK

MEN'S 200 IM

WOMEN'S 100 FREE

8:00 AM (ET)

7:30 PM (ET)

8:45 PM (ET)

TBA

Night 7

Saturday, June 19

MEN'S 100 FLY

WOMEN'S 200 BACK

WOMEN'S 800 FREE

8:00 AM (ET)

7:30 PM (ET)

8:45 PM (ET)

TBA

Night 8

Sunday, June 20

MEN'S 50 FREE

WOMEN'S 50 FREE

MEN'S 1500 FREE

8:00 AM (ET)

7:30 PM (ET)

8:00 PM (ET)

TBA

Entry Form

Feel free to test the Example Entry Form below. The first official entry form will be available at 1:30 PM (ET) Sunday, June 13. If the entry form below fails to generate, you may access the form here.