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Taylor Drysdale

Full name: Taylor Drysdale
Gender: Male
Born: January 14, 1914 in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died: February 9, 1997 in Orlando, Florida, United States
Affiliations: Detroit Athletic Club, Detroit (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming


Taylor Drysdale swam for the University of Michigan where he won NCAA titles in the 150 yard backstroke in 1932 and 1934-35. He was also a member of the Wolverines NCAA winning relay teams in the 300 yard medley relay in 1932 and 1935 and the 400 yard freestyle relay in 1935. He won AAU titles in the medley relay in 1936 and 1939 with the Detroit AC. Drysdale swam at the 1936 Olympics, just missing a medal in the 100 metre backstroke when he finished fourth. He later earned masters’ degrees in nuclear physics and mathematics from Michigan, and then joined the US Military. He worked on the Manhattan Project and eventually retired from the US Air Force as a colonel. Drysdale was also manager of the 1956 US Olympic swim team. He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1994.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 22 Berlin Swimming Men's 100 metres Backstroke United States USA 4

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1936 Summer 22 Berlin Swimming United States Final 4 1:09.4
1936 Summer 22 Berlin Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 Q 1:08.6
1936 Summer 22 Berlin Swimming United States Round One Heat Two 1 Q 1:09.0
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