Anita Alvarez, U.S. artistic swimmer, OK after fainting in pool at world championships

Anita Alvarez

U.S. artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez is OK after fainting at the end of her free solo final routine at the world championships in Budapest on Wednesday.

Two people dove in to help get her out of the pool, including U.S. head coach Andrea Fuentes, a retired Spanish Olympic artistic swimmer. Fuentes rescued Alvarez from the bottom of the pool.

“I remember feeling like it was a really great performance, like my best one by far,” Alvarez, a two-time Olympian, told NBC News. “At the very end, I do remember the very last arm I did. It’s such a simple, small arm, but I was giving everything until the very end, and I did that, and then I remember going down and just being kind of like, uh-oh, I don’t feel too great. And that’s literally the last thing I remember, actually.”

Fuentes said doctors deemed all of Alvarez’s vitals to be normal, according to a USA Artistic Swimming statement.

“It was a good scare, I had to dive because the lifeguards didn’t do it,” Fuentes said, according to Marca. “I was scared because I could see she wasn’t breathing, but she’s feeling great now, she’s at her best.”

Last June, Alvarez briefly lost consciousness at the end of a routine at an Olympic qualification event, leading Fuentes to dive into the pool, fully clothed, to help.

“We sometimes forget that this happens in other high-endurance sports,” Fuentes said in the statement. “Marathon, cycling, cross country… we all have seen images where some athletes don’t make it to the finish line and others help them to get there. Our sport is no different than others, just in a pool, we push through limits and sometimes we find them. Anita feels good now and the doctors also say she is okay.”

Alvarez’s mom said after the 2021 Olympic qualification event that it had happened to Alvarez before outside of competition, according to a CBS affiliate in Buffalo near Alvarez’s hometown.

Alvarez and Lindi Schroeder placed 13th in the duet in Tokyo, four years after Alvarez and Mariya Koroleva took ninth. Solo artistic swimming is not on the Olympic program.

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U.S. artistic swimmer loses consciousness briefly in pool, coach dives in to help

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U.S. Olympic artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez briefly lost consciousness at the end of a routine at an Olympic qualification event, leading a coach to dive into the pool, fully clothed, to help.

It happened when Alvarez and partner Lindi Schroeder finished their preliminary free routine to Billie Eilish on Saturday in Barcelona. U.S. head coach Andrea Fuentes dove in, and she and Schroeder carried Alvarez through the water to the pool deck.

The end of Schroeder and Alvarez’s routine is here at the 26-minute, 30-second mark.

Alvarez was moving shortly after they came to a stop. She was tended to by medical personnel for five minutes before being wheeled away, responsive, from the deck in a chair.

“Anita is doing fine and recovering from an extremely taxing week,” according to USA Artistic Swimming on Saturday. “We could not be more proud of her contributions.”

Alvarez was cleared to continue competing if she felt well enough, and she did so later in the day for their tech routine.

“Anita looked visibly shaken as she retreated off the pool deck,” after the tech routine, according to USA Artistic Swimming.

On Sunday, alternate Ruby Remati replaced Alvarez for the competition’s conclusion, the free finals.

Schroeder and Remati, swimming together internationally for the first time, scored higher than Alvarez and Schroeder’s preliminary score. They placed fifth overall to comfortably qualify for the Olympics.

Alvarez, a Rio Olympian, and Schroeder will fill the spots in Tokyo.

“Definition of ‘teamwork makes the dream work,'” was posted on Alvarez’s Instagram Story.

Earlier in the event, the U.S. team missed qualifying for the Olympics by one spot and .211 of a point.

The U.S. last qualified an artistic team for the Olympics in 2008. Its last medals in duet and team came in 2004.

Synchronized swimming changed its name to artistic swimming after the Rio Olympics.

LIST: U.S. athletes qualified for Tokyo Olympics across all sports

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Americans dot dominant Olympic teams of 2010s decade

0 Comments looks back at the 2010s decade this week. Here are six Olympic teams (in team sports) that dominated the last 10 years …

U.S. Men’s Basketball
2012, 2016 Olympic titles
2010, 2014 World titles

The successors to the Redeem Team kept the U.S. Olympic dominance intact in London and Rio, going undefeated under coach Mike KrzyzewskiKevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony have to be the MVPs, going one-two in scoring for the Americans at both Games. Anthony became the first U.S. man to earn three Olympic basketball titles and broke LeBron James‘ career U.S. Olympic points record. The decade ended on a sour note, with the Americans losing in the FIBA World Cup quarterfinals in September under new coach Gregg Popovich.

U.S. Women’s Basketball
2012, 2016 Olympic titles
2010, 2014, 2018 World titles

Undefeated in FIBA competition in the 2010s, winning every Olympic and World Cup game by double digits and by an average of 32 points per game. Former University of Connecticut stars Sue BirdDiana Taurasi and Tina Charles were part of every major international roster. Their college coach, Geno Auriemma, was at the helm through the Rio Games. Since, Dawn Staley succeeded Auriemma. Another UConn great, Breanna Stewart, took MVP at the 2018 World Cup.

Canada/U.S. Women’s Hockey
Combined to win every Olympic and world title in the 2010s
Two Olympic finals decided in overtime or shootout

Canada had the edge by winning two of the three Olympic titles. The U.S. owned the rivalry at the world championships — winning six of seven titles. These two national teams define women’s hockey, and so they both belong on this list. It began in Vancouver, where 18-year-old Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice, fellow Olympic rookie Shannon Szabados stopped all 21 U.S. shots and the Canadians celebrated on ice with Molsons, cigars and at least one ice-resurfacing machine. In Sochi, the U.S. squandered a one-goal lead with a minute left, with Poulin scoring the equalizer and the overtime winner. Canada nearly completed a perfect Olympic decade in PyeongChang, giving up a third-period lead and falling in a shootout that went to an extra round. The U.S. was led by stalwart forward Hilary Knight, twins Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando and 20-year-old Olympic rookie goalie Maddie Rooney.

Russia Synchronized Swimming
2012, 2016 Olympic titles
Won all 10 world titles in the 2010s in technical/free routines

Russia owns every Olympic gold medal this millennium in synchronized swimming, which is now called artistic swimming. The dynasty draws from Russia’s balletic traditions. If the program was weak in any aspect, it was from a lack of male synchronized swimmers. But not anymore. The mixed-gender duet events aren’t part of the Olympic program yet, but two debuted on the world championships program in 2015. It wasn’t until this past summer that Russia swept those gold medals.

U.S. Women’s Water Polo
2012, 2016 Olympic titles
2015, 2017, 2019 World titles

The Americans are 149-4 dating to 2015, not dropping a game at an Olympics, World Championship, World Cup or a World League Super Final in that span. They’re currently on a 65-game win streak. They have three games left in 2019, looking to finish 37-0 to complete the first perfect calendar year during the current reign of dominance. Adam Krikorian has been head coach for the entire decade with a bevy of talent at his disposal. The most prominent is Maggie Steffens, a member of every title team this decade at the Olympics, worlds, World Cup and World League.

Honorable Mention: Sweden Women’s Curling and Canada Men’s Hockey.

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