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Sport U.S. artistic swimmer loses consciousness briefly in pool, coach dives in to help

02:55  14 june  2021
02:55  14 june  2021 Source:   nbcsports.com

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Andrea Fuentes prepares her artistic swimmers for the unexpected. During one practice, she told them to imagine that their coaches suddenly couldn’t attend a competition. A coach leads the swimmers through kicks. They hold arm positions to build strength and reinforce “being aware of the lines of your body, so you’re able to transfer that grace into the water,” Schroeder said. The ballet work helps the swimmers hit specific positions with sharpness while matching their teammates’ precise angles.

U.S. Olympic artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez briefly lost consciousness at the end of a routine at an Olympic qualification event, leading a coach to dive into the pool, fully clothed, to help.

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It happened when Alvarez and partner Lindi Schroeder finished their preliminary free routine to Billie Eilish on Saturday in Barcelona. U.S. head coach Andrea Fuentes dove in, and she and Schroeder carried Alvarez through the water to the pool deck.

The end of Schroeder and Alvarez’s routine is here at the 26-minute, 30-second mark.

Alvarez was moving shortly after they came to a stop. She was tended to by medical personnel for five minutes before being wheeled away, responsive, from the deck in a chair.

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Artistic swimming (AS) is a very unique sport consisting of difficult artistically choreographed routines ranging in the number of athletes (one to ten: solo, duet, team, combination, highlight routine) and with elements performed quickly and precisely above, below, and on the surface of the water. As a result, the physical and physiological demands placed on an athlete are unique to the sport with the most pronounced adaptation being the bradycardic response to long apneic periods spent underwater while performing strenuous movements. This indeed influences training prescription and the desired training

Artistic swimming (AS) is a very unique sport consisting of difficult artistically choreographed routines ranging in the number of athletes (one to ten: solo, duet, team, combination, highlight routine) and with elements performed quickly and precisely above, below, and on the surface of the water. As a result, the physical and physiological demands placed on an athlete are unique to the sport with the most pronounced adaptation being the bradycardic response to long apneic periods spent underwater while performing strenuous movements.

“Anita is doing fine and recovering from an extremely taxing week,” according to USA Artistic Swimming on Saturday. “We could not be more proud of her contributions.”

Alvarez was cleared to continue competing if she felt well enough, and she did so later in the day for their tech routine.

“Anita looked visibly shaken as she retreated off the pool deck,” after the tech routine, according to USA Artistic Swimming.

On Sunday, alternate Ruby Remati replaced Alvarez for the competition’s conclusion, the free finals.

Schroeder and Remati, swimming together internationally for the first time, scored higher than Alvarez and Schroeder’s preliminary score. They placed fifth overall to comfortably qualify for the Olympics.

Alvarez, a Rio Olympian, and Schroeder will fill the spots in Tokyo.

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The Spanish swimmer slapped at the water and covered his face after he prematurely entered the pool during his heat. While the other seven swimmers stayed on the blocks, Duran Navia false started his race. He thought his chances in the event were over before they ever began. Duran Navia gathered his belongings and walked off the pool deck in tears. A few minutes later, he had to shake off those emotions and get ready for his Olympic moment. After Duran Navia left the deck, judges deliberated and determined that a sound in the crowd was the reason for the false start.

Swimmers can spend hours each week in the pool , doing drylands, and lifting weights in an attempt to win a national championship or to stay in shape. But all of that work can go to waste if they don’t stretch. “A small amount of stretching before exercise can help prevent simple injuries,” says Molly Hoover, a U . S . Masters Swimming Level 3 coach with the Joliet Blue Tides in Joliet, Ill. “We want to keep the range of motion as big as we can, so our strokes can hold together better, and we can swim more efficiently.

“Definition of ‘teamwork makes the dream work,'” was posted on Alvarez’s Instagram Story.

Earlier in the event, the U.S. team missed qualifying for the Olympics by one spot and .211 of a point.

The U.S. last qualified an artistic team for the Olympics in 2008. Its last medals in duet and team came in 2004.

Synchronized swimming changed its name to artistic swimming after the Rio Olympics.

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