American Junior Swimmer Tests Positive, Suspended Six Months

USADA has announced another doping suspension for an American swimmer, this time 17-year-old Jack Casey. Casey tested positive for the banned substance anastrozole at Winter Nationals last December and will serve a six-month suspension.

The USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) report says that Casey was taking anastrozole on a doctor’s prescription. But the substance – classified by USADA as a “hormone and metabolic modulator” – requires a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE), which Casey didn’t have. USADA says Casey no longer needs the prescription and won’t need a TUE moving forward, but will have to serve the suspension for his positive test in December. You can read the full USADA release here.

Casey will be suspended for six months, starting March 22, 2018. That’ll leave him out of competition through September 22, 2018. His results from U.S. Winter Nationals have also been wiped out. Competing for Hauppage Athletic Association, Casey swam two 100 yard breaststrokes there, making the B final and taking 11th in 54.77. His lifetime-best of 54.69 from prelims is wiped from the record as well.

Casey is at least the second American junior and the fifth American to serve a doping ban in swimming over the pat year. Matthew Willenbring tested positive at World Juniors last year and was suspended for four months. Amanda Kendall was suspended three months earlier this year. Madisyn Cox was hit with a 2-year suspension earlier this month and Ryan Lochte was suspended 14 months a few days later.

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As I said the other day, there is a trend of American athletes in all sports, not just swimming, failing to understand how important the TUE system is… Coaches and USADA need to take control and educate their athletes, because it’s beginning to look bad.


its a result of the abuse of medications by our society as a whole. They diagnosed my daughter with adhd and they had me fill out a questionaire and I checked almost all of the boxes no and they still insisted she had it.


He had a prescription and he’s a kid so it isn’t surprising he doesn’t have a TUE. I doubt there is anything different in the US than the UK but if this happened in the UK it wouldn’t be reported.

This is interesting from British Swimming terms for trials:
Funded athlete = if your medication is prohibited you must have a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) in place at all times.
Non-funded athletes = if your medication is prohibited you must contact [email protected] after doping control. You will have 10 days to submit a retroactive TUE application following your drug test.

On that basis if British this guy would have been helped to get a retroactive TUE.


Are American athletes who aren’t in the USADA testing pool (like this guy) eligible for retroactive TUEs like other countries athletes are? Once he was selected for an in-competition urine test could he have applied for a retroactive TUE? If not, seems unfair. Was his mistake not applying for the TUE after the fact or was this option not open to him?


Or it’s because he won’t be able to get a TUE for his “condition” he supposedly has?


I try *very* hard to look at these things in the least harsh way when it comes to kids. But, yes, I am not sure why any healthy man or boy would need to use those drugs.

Physician DAD

Correct – There is no medical indication for this!! This is a clear case of PED usage.


As per Wada, any lower level (I.e non-international) athlete is permitted to apply for a retroactive-TUE – the case is then assessed, as a normal TUE application would be. USADA can not stop a retroactive TUE appli ation. The issue, as I said, is USA Swimming and it seems some coaches are totally failing to educate their athletes to the workings and importance of the system.

If you get ill, and cant wait for a TUE clearance – You can take medication as emergency. But that needs to be documented and evidenced thoroughly, and you need to submit a retroactive TUE exemption application immediately. Obviously just apply common sense to what constitutes an emergency.


Dee, yes you can take medication as an emergency and any athlete in the testing pool has to apply for retroactive TUE within 10 days. I don’t think athletes who are NOT in the testing pool have to apply unless they are tested in competition. In this case the clock starts ticking immediately after the test. I could be wrong though. Retroactive TUEs aren’t rubber stamped and aren’t handed out like candy on halloween. It’s unclear if this guy would have been eligible for a TUE or if he even applied.


Absolutely. The case is assessed, as a standard TUE is assessed.


Feel bad for a Junior in this position but it seems he is getting off easy. Anastrozole (Arimidex) is an “aromatase inhibitor” – a class of drugs prescribed for the treatment of breast cancer in postmenopausal women and gynecomastia in men. Aromatase inhibitors are also used in conjunction with external testosterone supplementation to lower the production of estrogen. So, what was the likely use by an athletic 17 year old male? To combat breast cancer or in conjunction with the use of external testosterone?


Totally agree. There is evidence of using arimidex in teen boys with GH deficiency but his GH would have also been elevated due to supplementation protocol. The reason he didn’t have a TUE, in my opinion, is because he doesn’t have GH deficiency.


isnt this a masking agent? Sorry not buying it. Basically cheating to get on radar of college coaches and some scholarship $.

Physician DAD

Clear case of using PEDs to get an advantage. No medical reason for this


If this is the case then the doctor needs to be investigated. Can’t they also run some kind of check on how many patients he has prescribed this medication for to see if he is passing it out like candy on Halloween



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