WOW! Anita Alvarez was rescued by her Coach’s quick thinking at the World Championships. Via AP:
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Andrea Fuentes prevented a tragedy at the swimming world championships with her quick reaction.
The United States coach knew something was wrong when she saw artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez sink motionless to the bottom of the pool during a solo free routine on Wednesday.
The fully clothed Fuentes dived in. She swam to the unresponsive Alvarez, put her arms around her, and lifted her to the water’s surface, where another person 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 immediately given medical attention, was feeling much 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 told The Associated Press in a statement.
U.S. coach Andrea Fuentes prevented a tragedy at the swimming world championships with a quick reaction. She knew something was wrong when she saw artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez sink motionless to the bottom of the pool. The fully clothed Fuentes dived in. https://t.co/b98MxcFzHF
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 23, 2022