Three swimmers - Scott Spann of the University of Texas, David McCagg of Auburn University and Nancy Hogshead of Jacksonville, Fla.-were incorrectly named in a Dec. 10 article as among the 13 swimmers suspended by the AAU three months from international competition for violation of a curfew. The above swimmers did not miss curfew while competing at a meet in Austin, Tex., earlier this year, as reported. The Washington Post Regrets the error.
The Amateur Athletic Union's swimming division has barred five of the country's top swimmers from international competition for one or two years for allegedly suing drugs last summer at a training session at Colorado Springs, Colo.
In separate action, the AAU swimming division suspended for three months 13 swimmers, including Tracy Caulkins, winner of five gold medals in the 1978 world championships, for breaking a curfew after a meet in Austin, Tex.
The AAU would not reveal names of the five swimmers in the colorado Springs case or release any details.
According to other sources, the five were Steve Tallman, 23, of the University of Arizona; Marc Foreman, 20, of the University of Tennessee; Jan Ujevich, 17, of the University of Texas; Gina Layton, 18, of the University of North Carolina, and Beth Harrlell, 19, of Alexandria, a student at North Carolina State.
Tallman and Foreman were suspended from all international competition for two years, which bars them from U.S. Olympic and Pan American teams.
The three women were given one-year suspensions that prohibit them from competition abroad. They would be eligible for Olympic and Pan American teams.
Bill Lippman, chairman of the AAU's competitive swimming committee, refused to explain the differences in the penalties, saying, "These are very sensitive areas. Thee are other things involved than just the children or their parents and lawyers."
Lippman said the five were given "a full and impartial hearing. Then the (hearing) panel made their decisions based upon the degree of guilt, if any."
The drugs allegedly used were not performance-related, the New York Times reported. The Washington Post learned that a urinalysis of the five swimmers was done.
Only Harrell, who swam for Solotar Swim Team, could be reached yesterday for comment. She said she will not appeal the suspension.
"I am satisfied with the decision and I'm not going to discuss it anymore," said Harrell, a national finalist since 1976 in the butterfly and sprint freestyle. "It happened in August. It's old news."
The three-month suspension of the 13 swimmers in Austin will not affect their eligibility for domestic meets. They will not, however, be permitted to compete on a U.S. team in international competition.
"This is pretty silly," said Martha Caulkins, Tracy's mother, from their Nashville home yesterday. "What happened was that the meet was over. It was Nancy Hogshead's 16th birthday and her family hired a combo for a party and they invited the Rissian team to come, too.
"When the combo was over, the coaches told the kids to go to their rooms. It was 1 a.m. and the party was supposed to end at 1 a.m. Some of the kids were leaving early the next morning, so they were going around to say goodbye to each other.
"Very few of them were in the rooms they were supposed to be in."
She said Tracy would not appeal the ruling.
"The kids signed the code of conduct agreeing to abide by the curfews," she said. "They were aware they were up after they were supposed to be."
This is unofficial list of 10 of the 13 swimmers suspended three months from international competition as a result of the Austin curfew: Greg Jagenburg, Newton Square, Pa.; David McCagg, Auburn; Scott Spann, University of Texas; John Hillencamp, Florida; Kim Linehan, Sarasota, Fla.; Joan Pennington, Texas; Nancy Hogshead, Jacksonville; Cynthia Woodhead, Riverside, Calif.; Tracy Caulkins, Nashville; Stephanie Elkins, Jacksonville.
All the swimmers barred from international competition have been finalists at the AAU national swimming championships the last three years and were potential members of the 1980 Olympic team.
Also contributing to this article was John Dougherty of The Post's scholastic staff .