Taylor Drysdale

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Taylor Drysdale
Personal information
Full name Taylor Drysdale
National team  United States
Born (1914-01-14)January 14, 1914
Indianapolis, Indiana
Died February 19, 1997(1997-02-19) (aged 83)
Orlando, Florida
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke
Club Detroit Athletic Club
College team University of Michigan

Taylor Drysdale (January 14, 1914 – February 9, 1997) was an American competition swimmer and swimming coach. Drysdale represented the United States at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany.[1] He competed in the men's 100-meter backstroke, and finished fourth in the event final with a time of 1:09.4.[1][2]

Drysdale attended the University of Michigan, where he was a member of the Michigan Wolverines swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition from 1932 to 1935.[3][4] During his college swimming career, he won three individual NCAA national championships in the 150-yard backstroke (1932, 1934, 1935), and was also a member of Michigan's NCAA-winning teams in the 300-yard medley relay (1932, 1935) and 400-yard freestyle relay (1935).[4][5]

He later earned master's degrees in nuclear physics and mathematics from the University of Michigan, joined the U.S. military, worked on the Manhattan Project, and retired from the U.S. Air Force as a colonel.[6] He was also the manager of the 1956 U.S. Olympic swim team.[6]

Drysdale was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Pioneer Swimmer" in 1994.[3] He died in 1997; he was 83 years old.[6]

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  1. ^ a b Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Taylor Drysdale. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
  2. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games, Men's 100 metres Backstroke Final. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
  3. ^ a b International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Taylor Drysdale (USA). Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  4. ^ a b MGoBlue.com, Men's Swimming & Diving, Michigan Men's Swimming and Diving All-Time NCAA Champions. Retrieved February 16, 2013.
  5. ^ HickokSports.com, Sports History, NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Champions Archived 2002-02-23 at the Library of Congress. Retrieved February 16, 2013.
  6. ^ a b c Mike Oliver, "Taylor Drysdale, 83, Swam In '36 Olympics," Orlando Sentinel (February 11, 1997). Retrieved February 16, 2013.

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