[Printing to attached desktop printer...]Date: Thu, 2
Nov 1995 20:50:0
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Subject: U.S. schoolgirl swimmer tests positive for steroids
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (Reuter) - A 15-year-old
schoolgirl swimmer tested positive for steroids at the U.S.
national championships last August, U.S. Swimming said Thursday.
U.S. Swimming, the sport's governing body, would not name
the swimmer until Friday's formal statement upon receipt of the
National Board of Review's disciplinary decision.
The positive drug test is the first for a U.S. swimmer since
the 1988 U.S. Olympic trials when Angel Myers Martino tested
positive for steroids and was kicked off the U.S. team.
One official indicated the swimmer is expected to be
suspended for one year with the ban going into effect
immediately, making the offender ineligible to compete in the
March 6-12 U.S. Olympic trials in Indianapolis.
The positive result for anabolic steroids was at the U.S.
Swimming national championships at Rose Bowl Aquatic Center in
The meet served as a qualifier for the Pan Pacific Games
Aug. 9-13, the first test event in the Olympic pool in Atlanta.
The news rocked U.S. Swimming, which has spent thousands of
dollars in drug testing and mounted a successful campaign to ban
the Chinese from the Pan Pacific Championships. China had 11
swimmers test positive during the Asian Games.
Ironically, John Leonard, executive director of the American
Swimming Coaches Association, is in Hong Kong on a fact-finding
mission to obtain more information on Chinese doping procedures.
Leonard refused to comment until he learned more about the
A former U.S. Olympic coach who would not allow his name to
be used called it ``an embarassment for U.S. Swimming'' that
will set back the federation's effort to clean up the sport.
[Printing to attached desktop printer...]Date: Thu, 2
Nov 1995 22:20:2
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Subject: Swimmer Positive For Steroids
NEW YORK (AP) -- A U.S. swimmer has tested positive for banned
***, creating a delicate situation for American swimming
officials preparing to lead the fight for stringent international
Reports said the swimmer was a 15-year-old freestyler from
suburban Long Island, who was found with muscle-building steroids
in her system and would face a two-year suspension or probation
from competition. She would be one of the youngest U.S. athletes to
test positive for ***.
Officials confirmed the swimmer, whom they would not identify,
had failed a drug test at the U.S. Swimming National Championships
in Pasadena, Calif., last August.
``Banned substances were found in drug tests for a U.S.
swimmer,'' Steve Roush, assistant executive director of U.S.
swimming, said. ``We have gone through the hearing stage.''
Despite the first drug case involving an American swimmer in
almost eight years, officials said they still planned to press hard
for tough anti-drug sanctions at an international meeting this
month. Those proposals evolved after seven Chinese swimmers failed
drug tests in 1994, when they dominated women's swimming and set a
handful of world records.
``If there is a positive, it merely means that the system --
national, international, whatever -- isn't perfect yet,'' said Ross
Wales, a Cincinnati lawyer and high-ranking official of FINA, the
international swimming federation.
Roush and other swimming officials steadfastly refused to
identify the swimmer, saying their notification process was
incomplete. They also refused to say what drug was involved.
But the Atlanta Journal and Constitution said the swimmer was
Jessica Foschi, a member of the Long Island Aquatic Club from Old
Brookville, N.Y., and just 14 when the test was conducted at the
nationals last summer. The paper also said the *** involved were
steroids, which help build muscle bulk.
Foschi, a student at Friends Academy, was unavailable for
comment. Telephone messages left at her swim club for Dave Ferris,
her coach, were not returned.
The newspaper said in its Friday editions that the U.S. Swimming
Board of Review decided upon a two-year probation that would allow
her to still try to make the Olympic team while subject to more
frequent out-of-competition testing.
Foschi was considered a second-level swimmer primed for bigger
things, although probably a longshot to make the Olympic team next
summer. She was ranked 13th in the world in the women's 800-meter
freestyle and had turned in a number of high-quality performances
The American swimming program has been remarkably drug free
during a decade in which most other Olympic sports worldwide have
encountered repeated drug scandals. Records showed that the
positive test confirmed Thursday was the first involving a U.S.
swimmer since Angel Myers flunked a test for steroids before the
But the positive test could not have come at a more inopportune
time for American swimming leaders.
Later this month they go to Rio de Janiero to try to convince
FINA to impose stiffer drug penalties, including mandatory tests
for world record-holders, automatic two-year suspensions for
steroid use by individual swimmers and -- harshest of all -- two-year
bans on national teams whose swimmers flunk four or more drug tests
in a year.
U.S. officials said they would not change their stance because
of the test result.
``I think it shows we are policing ourselves,'' Roush said. ``It
shows we are concerned with what happens in our own backyard.''
Wales said a single test results would have little effect on the
``I think everyone, and that includes the Chinese, is on the
same page, in that we all want to defeat doping in our sport,'' he
The Rio meeting is the latest effort to attack the drug problem
in swimming and is aimed primarily at China, whose women's teams
have rapidly become the fastest in the world. Last summer, the
United States, Canada and Australia banned China from the Pan
Pacific Championships in Atlanta in protest of what they said was
rampant drug use.
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