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The 1969 Texas Open Swimming Championship

Wallace and Euna Pryor

No Sound on Film | 1969

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This footage documents the 1969 Texas Open Swimming Championship, a youth swimming competition. The competition was organized by Wallace Pryor, was a former All-American Longhorn water polo swimmer and director of the Austin Aquatic Club. In this film, we see a number of different youths racing in a range of different swimming strokes as well as some very impressive dives.
Known to many as the “Voice of the Longhorns,” Wally Pryor served as the announcer for UT sports from 1953 until 2002. While his voice was certainly recognizable he also played an active role as a producer – for KTBC, amongst others – and regularly served as an emcee for various events. Wally regularly worked as a producer for his older brother Richard “Cactus” Pryor. The films in the Wally Pryor collection represent a range of films from home movies, to various pieces he produced, films featuring himself, and several films featuring Cactus Pryor.