South African swimmer Louisa de Jongh has been handed a two-year suspension, effective March 3, 2016, after a positive test for a banned substance at the Western Provincial Aquatics Championships. At that meet, on December 8th, 2015, de Jongh tested positive for the banned substance Phentermine, which is a class S.6 Non-Specified Stimulants.
Phentermine is medically used as an appetite suppressant for short-term use.
The suspension, handed out by the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) is half of the four year maximum sentence for a first offense.
De Jongh, a 21-year old who swims for MATI, placed 2nd at those Western Provincial Championships in the 200 free (2:09.55) and the 400 free (4:37.66). Her time in the 200 would’ve qualified her for the semi-finals, and very nearly the finals, at the South African Olympic Trials in April, though she’d ceased competition by that point.