Katie Ledecky heads pro swim league set to debut in SF, US, Europe

Published 4:52 pm PDT, Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Katie Ledecky

The former Stanford swimmer and five-time Olympic champion will join a professional league that will debut in the fall with U.S. and foreign teams competing in a mixed-gender format. Ledecky will compete for one of the International Swimming League’s eight teams — four based in the U.S., including the Cali Condors of San Francisco — and four in Europe. “Jumping in the pool for the ISL really means a new era for women since it’s one of the first leagues to emphasize gender equality as one of its values,” Ledecky said. Others with Bay Area ties who will compete include Nathan Adrian and Ryan Murphy (Cal) and Simone Manuel (Stanford).

Rick Pitino

The former Louisville men’s basketball coach, fired in 2017 in the wake of two NCAA scandals, reportedly said he’d be interested in replacing Chris Mullin as St. John’s head coach — but likely won’t. Journalist Adam Zagoria posted on Twitter an apparent rambling text from Pitino that said: “I would bring St John’s to the elite level not seen since Louie (Carnesecca) roamed the sidelines. But before that could ever happen, the Southern District of N.Y. would have to apologize for ruining an innocent man’s reputation (former Lousiville athletics director Tom Jurich). So good luck to my hometown university because that’s not happening.”

Chronicle News Services

This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Katie-Ledecky-heads-pro-swim-league-set-to-debut-13754664.php.

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