As American artist swimmer Anita Alvarez slowly sank under the pool at the World Championships in Budapest on Wednesday, her coach Andrea Fonts quickly scanned the pool deck and made a separate decision: to save her. Entered the dove.
Alvarez, 25, of Upper New York, lost consciousness at the end of her solo routine at the event, which led to a potentially fatal situation after her immobile body fell below the surface.
Former Spanish Olympic medalist Fuentes told the Spanish newspaper Marca, “I jumped into the water again because I saw no one, no lifeguard, jumping inside.” “I was a little scared because she wasn’t breathing.”
Alvarez, who was treated by medical staff, was left breathless for about two minutes because his lungs were filled with water, Fonts said. The doctors “checked all the important things and everything is normal: heart rate, oxygen, sugar level, blood pressure, etc.”, Fonts said in an update posted on USA Artistic Swimming’s Instagram account The American Governing Body of the game.
Fuentes was praised for her quick thinking, but she knew what she had to do because she had done it before. At last year’s Olympic qualifying event in Spain, Alvarez also lost consciousness at the end of the routine with his partner, Landi Schroeder. As he did on Thursday, the Favians, dressed in full, sank into the pool and, with the help of Schroeder, pulled Alvarez out of the water.
On Thursday, fonts in shorts and T-shirts rescued Alvarez. After Alvarez returned to the pool deck, where he received medical treatment and was placed on a stretcher, Fonts told reporters that Alvarez was “OK” and would be re-examined after some rest. He did not rule out a return to the team event this weekend.
“We sometimes forget that this happens in other high endurance sports,” Fonts said in a statement to USA Artistic Swimming. Marathon, cycling, cross country; we’ve all seen pictures where some athletes can’t get to the final line and others help them get there. Our game is no different, just in a pool, we cross boundaries and sometimes we meet. “
“Anita is feeling better now and the doctors say she is fine,” Fonts reported.
“Tomorrow she will rest all day and decide with the doctor if she can swim in the free team finals,” Fonts said.
Alvarez did the same at last year’s Olympic event in Spain, returning to the pool just hours after fainting to perform her next routine.
Alvarez is a two-time Olympian. She finished ninth in the duet event at the 2016 Rio Games and again ranked 13th in the scheduled Tokyo 2020 Games in Japan last summer. She is competing in the World Championships for the fourth time.