1923 On July 23 an article on the upcoming (August 25, 1923) first Evening Sun Meet proclaimed, “If you don’t know how to swim, start to learn at once. You have plenty of time to get ready between now and….” So The Evening Sun Swimming Meet began its long journey intoMaryland swimming history.
Early stars included Ben Mitchell, George Balke, Loretta and Lillian Cannon, Laura Calligan and, of course, Anna McCleary.
Makeup of events comprised of weight classes for under 16 males – a 95 lb. and a 115 lb. class. There were also unlimited events for both sexes
1927 456 swimmers were in attendance with girl’s event classes as under 12, under14 and under 16 and unlimited. Octavia Getz, a telephone operator, “practices her strokes every night in the Patterson Park Pool.”
1928 We see more of the scope of the meet as Super Gold Badge contestants competed in races and water skills.
To win a Super Gold Badge swimmers had to:
- swim 50 Crawl in 40 seconds
- swim 220 Free in 3:30
- swim 25 Back in 30 seconds
- do 20 minute swim without stopping or touching anything
- do 100 yards for form in 25 Breast, Back, Side and Crawl
- tread water for 1 ½ minutes
- perform tired swimmers and cross chest carries, do carry tows,
surface dive and perform the Shafer Method of Resuscitation
- perform fancy diving
William Pitman, Public Athletic League Director, said that 4, 247 had taken part in swimming tests that year. “We taught 5,564 people to swim at least 10 yards, conducted 203 training meets in which 3,183 boys and girls participated.” At this time dips in city pools were three cents for children and five cents for adults for a one hour swim which included towel and suit.
NOVELTY EVENTS IN THE EVENING SUN MEET
Events included such things as the “Rubber Horse Race (with whips) for junior boys in the 115 lb. Class.” Community involvement was high when The Evening Sun Newsboys Bandplayed as athletes marched around the pool and sang the Star Spangled Banner. The meet was run in two 25 yard courses across the pool. Events were classified as A, B, C. Hall from YMCA won the A, 50 in 26 2/5. Teams such as the Police-Postal Special Relay and New Amsterdam Casualty Company entered relays in the competition.
WINNING TEAM LIST FOR THE TWENTIES
YEAR TEAM VENUE
1923 Maryland S.C. Druid Hill
1924 Maryland S.C. Druid Hill
1925 Patterson Park Druid Hill
1926 Clifton Park Druid Hill
1927 Clifton Park Druid Hill
1928 Clifton Park Druid Hill
1929 Clifton Park Druid Hill
1931 August 31: “Today the big tank is being drained, cleaned and refilled with fresh water.” Nine hundred and forty seven swimmers in meet. Palooka Swim Club of the Naval Academy was led by Ray Thompson. Thompson, a Poly graduate and later in 1932 a U.S. Olympian won the 100 Free in 57.2.
1932 Dodgeball in the shallow end and rubber boat races. They are in the shape of a rectangle with a slight point at one end and their chief diversion is taking the paddler to a point contrary to that which he is aiming.
“Arthur Hucht, Patterson Park Swimming Champion, is the first person to send in his entry blank for this year’s meet. Last year he took first honors in the 115 lb. Class 200 Free Relay and Novelty Swim.”
1933 Honorary Referee: Howard W. Jackson, Mayor of Baltimore.
Other famous Judges: Harold S. Callowhill and Ernest B. Marx.
Record 3,000 spectators for the meet.
1934 Record 1,000 swimmers for the first time. Paul Pardew, Meadowbrook, won the 50 Free in Junior Unlimited.
1935 In the locker rooms there was concerted hum as each murmured to his neighbor, “I’m in shape today, watch my smoke.”
1937 Sherwood Forest won the meet.
1938 Pat Ryan was coach of Knights of Columbus Team and Jimmy Russell (diving) and
Doris Baugher (30.6 50 Free) competed.
1939 K of C won led by the Baugher Girls, Red Hucht, Brent Farber, the Lussier Girls and young PatRyan. Anna (McCleary) Marriott returned to competition 15 years after 1924 Olympics and won the 50 Back while her son Bill Marriott won the ll5 lb. Free
WINNING TEAM LIST FOR NINETEEN THIRTIES:
YEAR TEAM VENUE
1930 Clifton Park Druid Hill
1931 Patterson Park Druid Hill
1932 Bay Shore Druid Hill
1933 Meadowbrook Druid Hill
1934 Meadowbrook Druid Hill
1935 Tie: Patterson and Druid Hill
1936 Sherwood Forest Druid Hill
1937 Druid Hill Druid Hill
1938 Druid Hill Druid Hill
1939 Knights of Columbus Druid Hill
1940 K of C defeated by National Airport Team from D. C.
1941 1,659 swimmers, the all time record.
“The entire pool was drained, scrubbed and filled with fresh water.” (over a million gallons)
1942 Head Timer: John McCleary.
Meet held at private Lakewood because of war and shutdown of public facilities.
Only 382 swimmers.
Special evening and afternoon programs because of split shift work schedules.
Special events for members of the Armed Forces.
1943 Adolph Kiefer won 100 Back in 58.8.
1945 Arthur Price coached the Lakewood Team.
Stars Henry Steingass, Mickey Pardew and Lieu. Jimmy Russell competed.
1946 Joe Verdeur won 100 Breast in 1:03.4.
Irene Brown was The Sun reporter at this time.
1949 687 entrants. Jesse Greenbaum was the star of the Lakewood Team along with Tom Fickensher, Jimmy Thomas and Madeleine Werner.
WINNING TEAM LIST FOR THE NINETEEN FOURTIES:
YEAR TEAM VENUE
1940 National Airport Druid Hill
1941 National Airport Druid Hill
1942 Lakewood Lakewood
1943 Lakewood Lakewood
1944 Lakewood Lakewood
1945 Lakewood Lakewood
1946 Lakewood Lakewood
1947 Lakewood Lakewood
1948 Lakewood Lakewood
1949 Lakewood Lakewood
1950 Casey-Lakers, a combined team of K of C and Lakewood, coached by Walt Hurley and Harry Baugher.
Meet venue now returned to Patterson Park.
1951 Jimmy Thomas of City College and UNC, a recent American Recordholder in the 300 IM (3:50.1) swam in the “Sun” meet.
1952 Star swimmer: Lou McComas.
1953 442 entered.
1954 Chapel Hill Swim Club sends four swimmers, Ronnie Peacock of Y-Brook sets a new record.
1955 Robert Sommers writes for The Sun.
1958 Tim Schweizer and Hope Smith are top swimmers for Meadowbrook, Joyce Poirier swam Back for KCO, Jimm Maldeis was shooting for 202 in the 200 Free.
WINNING TEAM LIST FOR THE FIFTIES:
YEAR TEAM VENUE
1950 Casey-Lakers Patterson
1951 Casey-Lakers Patterson
1952 Casey-Lakers Patterson
1953 K of C Patterson
1954 KCO Patterson
1955 KCO Patterson
1956 KCO Patterson
1957 KCO Patterson
1958 KCO Patterson
1959 KCO Patterson
1960 William Costello writes for The Sun. Fred “Dutch” Leidig administrates the meet.
1961 Events are longer reflecting the new crop of stars. “Quite a difference from the meets early years when most of the card consisted of contests like balloon derbies, diving for marbles and reacing across the pool on inflated animals.”
1962 York Y challenges for title. Margo and Marcia Pearce, Leann Seehusen and Debby Hope lead KCO women.
1964 Steve Hildenbrand returns from UNC to swim for KCO.
Larry Shane writes for The Sun.
Liz McCleary wins three events.
1967 Towson Y fields a strong team with Bob Gavin looking for a Butterfly record while KCO star Buster Yonych is off swimming in Chicago.
Tom Callahan writes for The Sun.
Ellen Feldman wins 13-14 100 Back 1:10.2.
1968 Rematch with the Butterflyers Yonych and Gavin.
Gavin swims for a new team North Baltimore Aquatic Club.
Tom Callahan notes that “Baltimore has no Olympic sized pool.”
Sue Keats returns with four National Medals for the meet.
1969 Guy Babylon and Frank Sica dominate 11-12 boys for NBAC but KCO wins the meet. Sica joins Roger Weinberg and Don Hubbard on the NBAC relay.
WINNING TEAM LIST FOR THE SIXTIES:
YEAR TEAM VENUE
1960 KCO Patterson
1961 KCO Patterson
1962 KCO Patterson
1963 KCO Patterson
1964 KCO Patterson
1965 KCO Patterson
1966 KCO Patterson
1967 KCO Patterson
1968 KCO Patterson
1969 KCO Patterson
1972 “North Baltimore snaps Orchards domination in Sun Meet.” Albert Fischer writes for The Sun.
Pam and Kim Shettle continue to star for KCO. Paula Crawford, John Patzschke and Steve Everett led NBAC.
NBAC co-Coach, Tim Pearce (sic) was even more emphatic. “The first 50 years belonged to the Orchards, the next 50 are ours,” Pearce exaggerated.
1973 Meet unscored for the first time. Kim Shettle establishes two records. Al Fischer noted that Reds Hucht is a veteran of forty-four Evening Sun Meets.
1975 T. Andrews NAJSC wins 50 Free and 50 Back (31.3). Fifth in 50 Breast (36.50) just ahead of Polly Winds NBAC (36.91).
Wendy Weinberg wins 200 Free.
1978 Patrick Kennedy first in 100 Fly 13-14 (57.4)
Doug Brown writes for The Evening Sun.
1979 Michelle Griglione wins five events.
WINNING TEAM LIST FOR THE SEVENTIES:
YEAR TEAM VENUE
1970 KCO Riverside
1971 KCO Talbott Springs
1972 North Baltimore Talbott Springs
1973 Unscored Talbott Springs
1974 Unscored Talbott Springs
1975 Unscored Talbott Springs
1976 Unscored Talbott Springs
1977 Unscored Navy
1978 Unscored JHU
1979 Unscored Howard CC