U.S. Swimming leaders questioned their decision to ban Jessica Foschi for taking an anabolic steroid in light of Tuesday's announcement that Australian world-record holder Samantha Riley was cleared by FINA, swimming's international governing body.
FINA gave Riley, who tested positive for the drug dextropropoxyphene at the world short-course championships in Brazil in December, merely a "strong warning" but banned her coach, Scott Volkers, for two years.
The banned substance was in a prescription headache tablet Volkers mistakenly gave to the world 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke champion the day before she raced.
Last week, Foschi, 15, of Old Brookville, N.Y., was given a two-year ban by the U.S. Swimming Board of Directors for testing positive for mesterolone during the U.S. nationals at Pasadena last August.