Tate Jackson Reveals 5 Month Break in IG Post, Set to Compete at U.S. Open

by Spencer Penland 16

November 30th, 2021 News

Former Texas Longhorn and US National Team member Tate Jackson posted an update on his Instagram account today as he prepares for the US Open this week. In the lengthy post, Jackson reveals that he took time out of the water starting in May, in order to “focus on [my] mental health and happiness.”

On April 29th of this year, Jackson was handed a 1-month suspension from USADA for a doping violation. Jackson was found positive for THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, at a Pro Swim Series meet in San Antonio. The break Jackson took following the ban resulted in his sitting out from the US Olympic Trials this past summer, where his personal best would have placed 3rd in finals of the men’s 100 free.

In the IG post, Jackson says he took 5 months of “doing whatever made me happy at the time, and therapy,” before getting back in the pool approximately 2 months ago. As part of his update, the 24-year-old revealed he’s been training at Nitro Swimming under Patrick McCloskey since returning to the water.

Jackson is slated to race the 100 free this week at the US Open, marking his first competition since the early 2021 Pro Swim Series. With approximately 2 months of training “just getting back into it,” this weekend will provide Jackson an opportunity to see where he’s at in his top event as we head into 2022.

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HJones
1 month ago

Good for Tate, take as much time as you need.

SwimSwam, any chance you could reach out to Devon Nowicki to see what is up with him?

Taa
1 month ago

Wish more pro swimmers would proactively post an update on what they are doing

Philip Adejum
1 month ago

Good luck Tate! We’re all rooting for you!

FormerMG
1 month ago

That dog is freaking cute as heck.

Braden Keith(@braden)
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Reply to  FormerMG
1 month ago

h*ck.*

Coach Macgyver
1 month ago

We ran a clinic with him a little before Covid hit. Kids had a blast and posted some strong times the following weekend. He’s personable and relatable…. And insanely fast.

So glad to see he’s returning to competition. Kids need more role models like Tate.

Ragnar
1 month ago

Internationally I doubt THC will ever be accepted, but really wish it would be, would help with so many peoples anxiety especially at the elite level. Being in your system and actually being high are very different things, wish him the best and a great return. Hook’Em

Braden Keith(@braden)
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Reply to  Ragnar
1 month ago

I think you’d have a lot more luck getting it cleared from banned substances lists if you could establish a test for “being high” versus “was high 3 days ago.”

In some sports (skiing, cycling) there are legitimate, authentic, and completely valid safety concerns about having a racer who is high in competition.

I’d love to hear the WADA/USADA take on how big of a hudrdle the “international acceptance of marijuana” is to its being cleared. I don’t think we’d really get honesty, though.

ForTheLoveOf Swimming
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

Is there anyone out there who would race “high”, especially skiing, unless their goal was to go slow and just enjoy?

kachow
Reply to  ForTheLoveOf Swimming
1 month ago

I’ve heard some rumors of someone a decade ago winning conference and Ncaa’s high. I would love to see if theres any truth to it but I doubt anyone would admit to it. Your turn to do some digging swimswam!

Braden Keith(@braden)
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Reply to  ForTheLoveOf Swimming
1 month ago

10,000% there are.

Coach Macgyver
Reply to  ForTheLoveOf Swimming
1 month ago

Obviously not a skater…

oxyswim
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

You could in theory race drunk as well, but no one is going to do it. It’s also easy for governing bodies to say you can’t have the substance physically with you at a competition.

Kachow
1 month ago

Good for you Tate! Great to see people recognizing when it’s time to take a break and focus on their own happiness.

enchantedrock
1 month ago

Blessings Tate, on the comeback!