Summer 2014
In Pictures: Varsity Blues Men’s Swim Team Through the Years

The Varsity Blues men’s swimming crew are U of T’s most decorated sports team. They have taken 62 provincial titles since 1920 and are the current champ. Their history, in pictures.


One hundred years ago: U of T’s combination swimming and water polo team of 1913.
courtesy of U of T Archives, Torontonensis 1914

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1920s: Both water polo (pictured in 1925) and swimming were popular. University College had a stranglehold on the intermural competition.
Credit: courtesy of U of T Archives, Torontonensis 1925

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1930s: T-Holder trophies were awarded for the first time, including one to Eddie Sinclair, front centre in this 1931 photo.
courtesy of U of T Archives, Torontonensis 1931

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1940s: The yearbook listed Varsity athletes serving in the war, including 15 swimmers. The 1944 team is pictured.
courtesy of U of T Archives, Torontonensis 1944

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1950s: The 1954 men’s swim team show off their monogrammed bathrobes.
courtesy of U of T Archives, Torontonensis 1954

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1960s: The 1963 championship team included Tom Verth (back row, third from left), who broke six Canadian swimming records while at U of T.
courtesy of U of T Archives, Torontonensis 1963

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1970s: U of T’s swimming streak at the provincial championships was in full swing. The men’s team took the top prize every year from 1961 to 1989. No wonder this 1972 team is smiling!
courtesy of U of T Archives A1979-0060/019(35)

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