Coach plunges into pool to save American swimmer at World Championships

Coach Andrea Fuentes jumped into the pool after watching the 25-year-old artistic swimmer sink to the bottom at the end of her routine in the women’s singles free event.

Fuentes, a four-time Olympic medalist in synchronized swimming, lifted to the surface before helping Alvarez to the edge of the pool.

Alvarez received medical help next to the pool, Reuters reported, and was later carried in a stretcher.

According to Reuters, it was the second time Fuentes had to save Alvarez after he jumped into the pool during last year’s Olympic qualification event and pulled him to safety along with American swim partner Lindy Schroeder.

lvarez pictured competing during the singles free final event.
Fuentes told Spanish broadcaster Cadena COPE in one radio interview: “I don’t think I’ve ever swam so fast before, even when I got an Olympic medal and at the end, I was able to lift her and she wasn’t breathing. Later, the lifeguard came “
In a statement on the US Artistic Swimming Instagram page, Fuentes said Alvarez would rest Thursday and consult with her doctor to see if she would be fit to compete in Friday’s swim free team finals. Website The sport’s governing body, FINA.
“Anita is fine – the doctors checked all vitals and everything is normal: heart rate, oxygen, sugar level, blood pressure, etc… all is well,” Fuentes said. Statement,

“We sometimes forget that this happens in other high-endurance sports. Marathons, cycling, cross country … we’ve all seen images where some athletes don’t make it to the finish line and others need them to get there.” Let’s help,” Fuentes added.

“Our sport is no different from others, just in a pool, we cross boundaries and sometimes we find them. Anita feels well now and the doctor also says she is fine.”

According to the International Swimming Federation (FINA), Alvarez finished seventh behind Japan’s Yukiko Inui, who claimed the gold, while Ukraine’s Marta Fidina and Greece’s Evangelia Plataniotti finished second and third respectively. Website,