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Frank Pritchard

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Frank Pritchard is an inductee (Honor Swimmer) in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in the Class of 2008
James (grandson) and Tom (son) Pritchard on right at his induction as an Honor Swimmer in the Class of 2008 International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame ceremony
Frank Pritchard in a 1937 cartoon about marathon swimming, provided by Jim Pritchard, surviving grandson
Frank Pritchard, an Honor Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in the Class of 2008. Picture used with the permission of Vintage (Brianne) 4 October 2016
Frank Pritchard, an Honor Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in the Class of 2008. Picture from the 1930 CNE Program
60 of the world’s greatest distance and sprint swimmers are seen as they plunge into the 60 degree waters of frigid Lake Ontario, at the start of the 9th annual World’s Champion Swim Marathon held at the Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto, Canada, 1 September 1936. Frank Pritchard, an Honor Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, of Buffalo, New York crossed the finish line as the new world’s champion, creating a new record for the course of 5 miles when he swam the distance in 2:07:09.

Francis "Frank" Pritchard is an American open water swimmer who was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in the Class of 2008 as an Honor Swimmer.

Swimming Career Highlights[edit]

  • 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.
  • 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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