June 30, 2022

US coach makes dramatic rescue of artistic swimmer at world championships

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Andrea Fuentes prevented a tragedy at the swimming world championships together with her fast response.

America coach knew one thing was incorrect when she noticed artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez sink immobile to the underside of the pool throughout a solo free routine on Wednesday.

The totally clothed Fuentes dived in. She swam to the unresponsive Alvarez, put her arms round her, and lifted her to the water’s floor, the place one other individual helped get her out of the pool.

Alvarez, a two-time Olympian, had fainted.

“It was her best performance ever, she just pushed through her limits and she found them,” Fuentes joked.

Alvarez, who was instantly given medical consideration, was feeling significantly better on Thursday.

“Anita has been evaluated by medical staff and will continue to be monitored. She is feeling much better and using today to rest,” USA Artistic Swimming advised The Related Press in a press release.

“Watching yesterday’s medical emergency of 2x Olympian Anita Alvarez and subsequent rescue by coach Andrea Fuentes was heartbreaking for our community. She gave an exceptional solo performance and competed brilliantly in four preliminary and three final competitions across six days.”

Alvarez completed seventh in Wednesday’s particular person remaining.

“Whether or not she will swim in the free team final on Friday … will be determined by Anita and expert medical staff,” USA Artistic Swimming stated.

Fuentes additionally stated Alvarez was doing significantly better in an Instagram put up.

“The doctors checked all vitals and everything is normal: heart rate, oxygen, sugar levels, blood pressure, etc… all is okay,” Fuentes wrote. “We sometimes forget that this happens in other high-endurance sports. 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.”