Swimming Career Highlights
- Pritchard was active in marathon swimming between 1927 through 1938.
- During his early career, Pritchard finished second in the 1927 National A.A.U. 4.5-mile championships.
- He finished fourth in the 1928 USA Olympic Trials in the 1500-meter freestyle. He was beaten by Buster Crabbe who took Bronze in the Olympics and landed a movie contract.
- Between 1933 and 1937, Pritchard participated in the most prestigious marathon swimming event of the time, the Canadian National Exhibition marathon swims in Toronto, Canada.
- In 1933, he finished third in the Canadian National Exhibition.
- In 1935, he finished second in the Canadian National Exhibition.
- In 1936, he finally won the Canadian National Exhibition.
- In 1937, he defended his title at the Canadian National Exhibition. His race record that lasted more than 10 years.
- He won the 1934 Hearst 15-mile Swim in Lake Michigan in Chicago, the 1934 and 1935 Blue Water Carnival 12-mile Swims from Sarnia, Ontario, Canada to St. Clair, Michigan, USA.
- He won cash prizes of US$2,500 and up to US$5,000 during the Great Depression in the 1930's.
- He trained in the Blackrock Canal in Buffalo, New York near Niagara Falls.
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