LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new professional league for elite swimmers will debut this year with U.S. and foreign teams competing in a mixed gender format with the athletes being paid.
Katie Ledecky wins 4 events at Swim Series meet
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Katie Ledecky won the 1,500-meter freestyle Saturday for her fourth individual title of the week in a TYR Pro Swim Series meet.
Ledecky finished in 15 minutes, 45.59 seconds. The five-time Olympic gold medalist won the 200 freestyle, 400 individual medley and 400 freestyle earlier in the four-day event at the University of Tennessee's Allan Jones Aquatic Center.
Serena voted AP Female Athlete of the Year for 5th time
She showed up in Paris wearing a black catsuit, a reminder that nobody can command the Grand Slam stage quite like Serena Williams.
She reached the finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, proving again how well she can play no matter how little she practices.
Williams didn't win those or any other tournaments, which in every other situation might have made for a forgettable year.
Simone Manuel wins 100 free at Winter Nationals
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Two-time Olympic champion Simone Manuel completed a sweep of the sprint freestyles at the USA Swimming Winter Nationals, winning the 100-meter race Saturday.
Manuel touched in 53.38 seconds to beat Margo Geer by a second. Katie Ledecky, the 800, 400 and 200 free winner this week, finished fifth in in 54.76.
Katie Ledecky wins again at USA Swimming Winter Nationals
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Katie Ledecky won the 200-meter freestyle Friday night at the USA Swimming Winter National Championships, holding off Olympic teammate and training partner Simone Manuel for her third title in three days.
Ledecky finished in 1 minute 55.32 seconds, more than two seconds clear of Manuel (1:57.92).
Katie Ledecky wins 400 free at Winter Nationals
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Katie Ledecky won the 400-meter freestyle Thursday night for second title in two days at the USA Swimming Winter National Championships, and fellow Olympic champions Simone Manuel and Nathan Adrian took the 50 freestyles.
Ledecky, Wilimovsky win 800 free at US Winter swim nationals
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Katie Ledecky won the 800-meter freestyle by nearly 14 seconds at the U.S. Winter national championships to become the first qualifier for the 2020 U.S. Olympic trials.
Ledecky touched in 8 minutes, 14.40 seconds Wednesday night. The meet is the opening of the qualification period for the trials.
Ashley Twichell finished second in 8:28.16 and Erica Sullivan took third in 8:29.02.
Ledecky, Murphy big winners at USA Swimming’s Golden Goggles
NEW YORK (AP) — Katie Ledecky was honored as the top female swimmer for the sixth straight year, while Ryan Murphy took home three prizes at USA Swimming's Golden Goggles awards.
Ledecky and Murphy were honored Monday night In New York for their performances at 2018's biggest meet, the Pan Pacific Championships.
US Olympian Katie Ledecky gives swim tips to Tokyo students
TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese students let out squeals Tuesday as Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky moved across the swimming pool, ducking under the lane lines.
The 21-year-old American, fresh off a five-medal performance at the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo, answered questions about her career and training routine before jumping into the pool with more than 100 star-struck Japanese elementary and junior high school students to give them tips.
Ledecky to tackle all 4 distances in Tokyo _ 200 to 1,500
TOKYO (AP) — They've added a new swimming event to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics — the 1,500 meter freestyle — and Katie Ledecky plans to be racing it.
This could pose a problem, even for the five-time Olympic champion and 14-time world champion.
She won the 200, 400, and 800 two years ago in Rio de Janeiro. Now add to that the 1,500. So is Ledecky planning to perhaps drop the 200, maybe her weakest race, and focus on the longer distances?
Pan Pacs: Ledecky, Dressel get wins; Ikee pleases home fans
TOKYO (AP) — For Americans Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel, Saturday was a better day at the Pan Pacific Championships after unexpected losses earlier at the four-day meet.
The Pan Pacs are the biggest meet of the year for countries bordering the Pacific, and a dry run for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Ruck wins 200 at Pan Pacific, Ledecky gets 3rd
TOKYO (AP) — Taylor Ruck almost psyched herself out before the race even started.
Knowing she was swimming against five-time Olympic champion Katie Ledecky in the 200-meter freestyle on Thursday at the Pan Pacific Championships, the Canadian had to calm herself down as she readied to dive into the pool.
Missy Franklin misses out at US Nationals
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Missy Franklin missed out at the U.S. national championships, failing to qualify for the two biggest meets leading up to the 2020 Olympics.
Franklin didn't make the final in either of her events and as a result will miss next month's Pan Pacific championships in Tokyo and the 2019 world championships.
She led through the first three laps in the C final of the 200-meter freestyle on Thursday night before fading to third and touching in 1 minute, 59.15 seconds.
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Katie Ledecky cruised to a nearly 11-second victory in the 800-meter freestyle Wednesday on the opening night of the U.S. national championships.
Ledecky was under her own world-record pace through the first 300 meters before dropping off and finishing in 8 minutes, 11.98 seconds on Wednesday night. She failed to crack the top 10 performances in the event, which all belong to her.
Leah Smith chased Ledecky all the way and touched second in 8:22.79.
US swim nationals set to go on without banned Lochte
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Two years to the day the Tokyo Olympics open, Katie Ledecky is swimming as fast as ever, Caeleb Dressel is heralded as a potential Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin is attempting a comeback.
Olympic swimmer Simone Manuel wins Honda Cup
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Olympic champion swimmer Simone Manuel of Stanford won the Honda Cup on Monday night for collegiate woman athlete of the year.
It's the second time Stanford has had back-to-back winners. Katie Ledecky, Manuel's Olympic and collegiate teammate, won last year. Swimmer Tara Kirk won the award in 2004, followed by volleyball player Ogonna Nnamani the next year.
Manuel, of Sugar Land, Texas, received the trophy at the Galen Center on the Southern California campus.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Katie Ledecky won the 200-meter freestyle at an outdoor meet in Northern California on Saturday with the world's fastest time this year.
The five-time Olympic champion touched first in 1 minute, 54.56 seconds in the TYR Pro Swim Series, beating her closest rival by nearly 3 seconds at the George F. Haines International Swim Center.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Five-time Olympic champion Katie Ledecky has signed with swimwear company TYR in her first endorsement deal since turning pro.
The California company said Friday the deal "represents the most lucrative partnership in the history of the swim industry." No terms were announced.
Ledecky says she wants to grow the sport and will work with the company toward that end. She is competing in Santa Clara this weekend in a Pro Swim Series meet sponsored by TYR.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Katie Ledecky looked as dominant as ever in her pro debut.
She set another world record in the women's 1,500-meter freestyle, shattering her previous mark by exactly five seconds and pulling away from everyone else in the IUPUI Natatorium pool.
Cal assistant Yuri Suguiyama to be named Wisconsin Badgers swimming and diving coach
Yuri Suguiyama, a highly decorated associate head coach at Cal and former mentor of Olympian Katie Ledecky, will be the next University of Wisconsin swimming and diving coach.
A UW spokesperson confirmed a report Tuesday by swimming site SwimSwam.com that Suguiyama will be named head coach at UW following six seasons assisting with the men's team at Cal.
Former UMass Lowell goaltender Connor Hellebuyck stopped all but one shootout attempt, leading the Winnipeg Jets past the Boston Bruins, 5-4, in Winnipeg.
Ryan Donato was the only Bruin to send a shot past Hellebuyck after a scoreless overtime.
Patrik Laine scored the eventual winner and then Danton Heinen was stopped by Hellebuyck to end it.
Donato also scored in regulation for the Bruins, who trailed 3-1 entering the third period.
Olympic and Stanford swim star Katie Ledecky turning pro
Katie Ledecky is turning pro.
The five-time Olympic swimming gold medalist gave up her final two years of eligibility at Stanford, allowing her to concentrate on training for the 2020 Olympics while cashing in on sponsorship and endorsement deals that wouldn't have been available to her as a college athlete.
Douglas County Female Prep Athlete of the Week: Roseburg sophomore Brighid Rickman
Hobbies/Other interests: Reading, being outdoors, hiking, volleyball, track and field. Rickman is Miss Douglas County Outstanding Teen.
College Plans: Hopes to study at Stanford toward her goal of becoming an emergency physician.
Favorite Athlete: U.S. swimmer and world record holder Katie Ledecky.
Katie Ledecky swims to AP Female Athlete of the Year honors
Katie Ledecky got her start in swimming because she just wanted to make friends. Her brother was eager to join a team at a pool near their house and as a 6-year-old, she tagged along.
By summer's end, the Ledecky siblings had made 100 friends ranging in age from 6 to 18. Some of them remain good friends with Katie, who went on to become the world's best swimmer in the post-Michael Phelps era.
Dressel, Ledecky win athletes of year at Golden Goggles
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky won male and female athlete of the year honors at the Golden Goggle Awards on Sunday night, recognizing the year's top performances by USA Swimming.
Dressel joined Michael Phelps as the only swimmers to win seven golds at a single world championships last summer in Hungary. It was the first time in 11 years that either Phelps or Ryan Lochte didn't win the top honor.
"I want to continue to learn and progress," Dressel said.
Simone Manuel of Sugar Land will return from Budapest to Stanford University with five gold medals and a bronze from the FINA world swimming championships, building momentum as she continues the long road toward the 2020 Olympics.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — OK, it wasn't like Katie Ledecky was a flop at the world championships.
Far from it.
She won five gold medals. She took silver in her other event.
"If that was my bad year for the next four years, then the next couple years are going to be pretty exciting," Ledecky declared.
But her performance in Budapest did prove one thing.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Katie Ledecky reached for the wall.
Someone else was already there.
For the first time ever at the world championships, Ledecky knows what it's like to lose.
Bidding to become only the second female swimmer to win six golds at a single worlds, Ledecky settled for silver in the 200-meter freestyle Wednesday evening when Italy's Federica Pellegrini surged to a stunning victory on the final lap.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Katie Ledecky breezed to her third gold medal of the world championships, backing off a bit on her most grueling night of the meet.
It was left to Lilly King, Kylie Masse and Adam Peaty to take down the swimming record book — and King to claim another impressive triumph over her Russian rival.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Katinka Hosszu has a case full of medals.
She wants so much more.
From marketing marvel to ambitious businesswoman to fledgling union organizer, the Hungarian swimmer known as the "Iron Lady" knows how to make a splash — in and out of the pool.
BUDAPEST, Hungary — Missouri rising senior Hannah Stevens has found a new favorite method of transportation: water taxi.
On her first full day in Budapest, the site of the 2017 FINA World Championships, Stevens and American teammates Katie Ledecky and Regan Smith discovered the taxi service when commuting to the Team USA hotel from practice. The trio hopped on the boat and relaxed for 30 minutes as they drifted down the scenic Danube River.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — With Katie Ledecky getting the night off, Hungary's Iron Lady seized the moment Monday at the world championships.
Katinka Hosszu lived up to her country's enormous expectations with an electrifying victory in the 200-meter individual medley, spurred on by a flag-waving, foot-stomping crowd at Duna Arena.
The new 12,000-seat aquatic facility along the Danube was packed all the way to the rafters, and it was clear who most of the fans came to see.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Katie Ledecky is off to a golden start at the world championships.
Make it a double.
The 20-year-old American star began an audacious week by winning a pair of gold medals Sunday on the opening night of swimming along the Danube River. She cruised to a dominating victory in the 400-meter freestyle and put the U.S. ahead to stay in the 4x100 free relay.
Anchored by Nathan Adrian, the American men also won gold in the 4x100 free.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Katie Ledecky started a very busy week at the world championships with a dominating performance in the preliminaries of the 400-meter freestyle Sunday.
The 20-year-old American set a meet record with a time of 3 minutes, 59.06 seconds, nearly 3 seconds ahead of the next-fastest qualifier, teammate Leah Smith (4:02.00).
Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps took most of the international headlines a year ago in Rio, but they shouldn't obscure the accomplishments of Simone Manuel.
Manuel won gold in the 100-meter freestyle and 400 medley relay and brought home silvers in the 50 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay. She became the first African-American woman to win an individual gold medal in swimming at the Olympics but was quick to say she wanted to move on and focus on what's ahead.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Katie Ledecky shrugs off the notion that she's doing anything special over the next week.
For the 20-year-old American star, the improbable has become the expected.
"It's really just putting in the work, putting in the training," Ledecky said Friday, sounding so nonchalant that she might as well have been describing a leisurely afternoon swim in one of those thermal baths along the Danube.
INDIANAPOLIS - Katie Ledecky and Lilly King spent Friday night cleaning up in Indianapolis.
Now the two American stars can start planning their next major project - sweeping the world championships.
On a night Kevin Cordes reclaimed his national record in the men's 100-meter breaststroke and 32-year-old Matt Grevers regained a spot on the U.S. team, the two 20-year-old women each closed out their U.S National Championships with a third victory and even bigger plans next month in Budapest, Hungary.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Katie Ledecky and Lilly King spent Friday night cleaning up in Indianapolis.
Now the two American stars can start planning their next major project — sweeping the world championships.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Katie Ledecky led wire-to-wire in the 400-meter freestyle Friday night for her third title of the week in the U.S. National Championships.
Ledecky broke her own U.S. Open record with a time of 3 minutes, 58.44 seconds. Leah Smith was second in 4:03.77 — the third time this week the duo went one-two.
Ledecky has qualified in four individual events for the world championships next month.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Katie Ledecky keeps makes winning look easy. Nathan Adrian continues to prove experience matters when things get close.
Either way, the result was the same Tuesday night in Indianapolis: The two Olympic gold medalists qualified for another American world championship team.
Missy Franklin is so upbeat, so full of energy, so dang positive all the time, it's hard to imagine her ever going to a dark place.
After what happened last summer, though, it's only natural that she would start to question everything she stood for.
"Being totally honest with you, it's something that terrifies me," Franklin said, her perpetually positive tone suddenly filled with doubt and insecurity. "What if I'm never as good as I was?"
Stanford swimmer Katie Ledecky wins Honda Cup
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stanford swimmer Katie Ledecky has won the Honda Cup as the nation's top collegiate female athlete.
Ledecky won five medals, including four golds, and set two world records at last summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics. She capped an impressive freshman season at Stanford with five national titles at the NCAA championships.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Multiple stars from last summer's Rio Olympics highlight this year's nominees for best male and female athletes for The ESPYS.
Swimmer Michael Phelps, who won five gold medals in Rio, joins National League MVP Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook as the four nominees for best male athlete.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Defending Olympic champion Katie Ledecky won the 200-meter freestyle in the world's fastest time this year at the Pro Swim Series meet.
Ledecky touched in 1 minute, 55.34 seconds Saturday night. Siobhan Haughey of Hong Kong was second in 1:58.14 and Katie Drabot was third in 1:58.85.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — World record-holder Katie Ledecky swam the fifth-fastest time in history to win the 1,500-meter freestyle Thursday night at the Pro Swim Series meet.
Competing in the event for the first time since 2015, Ledecky led all the way and touched in 15 minutes, 35.65 seconds — nearly 40 seconds ahead of the field. She owns the six fastest times ever in the event, led by her world mark of 15:25.48 at the 2015 world championships in Russia.
ATLANTA (AP) — Katie Ledecky's life has changed so much over the past year.
She's living on her own for the first time, on the opposite side of the country from her tight-knit family. She's got a new coach and new teammates. She's a full-fledged college student now — stimulated by her studies, excited about meeting different people, fully embracing the idea of being all grown up.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Katie Ledecky won the 800-meter freestyle at a Pro Swim Series meet in the world's fastest time this year.
She touched in 8 minutes, 15.44 seconds on Saturday night. Ledecky owns the world mark in the event, in which she's won gold medals at the last two Olympics.
Earlier in the meet, Ledecky won the 200 and 400 freestyles.
Ledecky swims year’s fastest time in 400 free in Arizona
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Olympic champion Katie Ledecky opened her season by winning the 400-meter freestyle at a Pro Swim Series meet with the fastest time in the world this year.
She touched in 4 minutes, 1.01 seconds — over 6 seconds clear of the field Thursday night.
Ledecky won the 400 free at the Rio Olympics last summer, one of five medals she earned. She is finishing her freshman year at Stanford.
Ledecky wins 4th straight USA Swimming athlete of year award
ATLANTA (AP) — Katie Ledecky, who swept the 200, 400 and 800-meter freestyles at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, won USA Swimming's athlete of the year for a record fourth consecutive time and was honored for her world-record victory in the 800 free.
The awards were presented Saturday night at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention in downtown Atlanta.