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U.S. artistic swimmer who fainted underwater at world championships rescued by coach

By Jennifer Hassan

23 Jun 2022 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

Alvarez is a veteran artistic swimmer (broadly known as synchronized swimming)—this, however, is not the first time she has fainted while competing. She is recovering and has issued a statement.

Two-time Olympics swimmer Anita Alvarez fainted and sank to the bottom of the pool during Wednesday's World Aquatics Championships in Budapest. Her coach on Team USA, Andrea Fuentes, dived in to save her, scooping her limp body up and rushing her back to the water's surface.

A series of photographs captured the dramatic rescue. One image shows Fuentes, fully clothed, reaching out under the water as she attempts to grab the unconscious swimmer. Another shows the pair entwined as Fuentes guides them both up for air.

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