Competitors warm up for prelims during the Arena Pro Swim Series at the Jamail Texas Swim Center on Jan. 14, 2016 in Austin. ( Stephen Spillman / for American Statesman)

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Black History Month at Texas: Indira Allick

Posted February 26th, 2020


Throughout Black History Month, the American-Statesman will take a daily look at the black athletes who have had a lasting impact in Texas’ athletic department. Today, we are writing about swimmer Indira Allick.

In 1991, Tico Clark became the first black letterwinner on the men’s swimming and diving program at Texas. Allick then made some history of her own a year later. Allick was the first black woman to swim at Texas.

A San Antonio native who won five individual state championships in high school, Allick turned into a 13-time All-American for the Longhorns. At the 1993 World University Games, Allick won gold medals in the 400- and 800-meter freestyle races.

In 1993, Allick also swam on two relays that won conference championships. Three years later, Allick returned to the top of the Southwest Conference’s medal stand with UT’s 400-meter freestyle relay team.

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