Anita Alvarez At the FINA World Aquatic Championships in Budapest, Hungary, American swimmer Anita Alvarez
lost consciousness and was retrieved from the bottom of the pool by her coach, according to Reuters.
After seeing the 25-year-old artistic swimmer slump to the bottom at the conclusion of her routine in the
women's solo free event on Wednesday, coach Andrea Fuentes jumped into the water. Alvarez was raised to the
surface by Fuentes, a four-time synchronised swimming Olympian, who then assisted in lowering her to the pool's
edge. According to Reuters, Alvarez, who participated in the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games, received medical
assistance next to the pool before being taken away on a stretcher. According to Reuters, it was the second
time Fuentes had to save Alvarez. The first time was when the American had to be saved alongside her
swimming partner Lindi Schroeder during an Olympic qualification event last year. In a radio interview with Spanish
broadcaster Cadena COPE, Fuentes said that the lifeguards' slow response time on Wednesday was the reason she dove in.