It’s understandable why Andrea Fuentes would train her eyes on her swimmers at all times. Though she probably never expected to have to jump in to save one, let alone do the same thing a year later.
One of the most captivating images in sports is being shared widely across social media.
The reason is obvious. It shows an unconscious swimmer near the bottom of a pool, her coach, full-clothed, reaches out a moment before she brings her back to the surface.
The woman floating helplessly is Anita Alvarez, a 25-year-old artistic swimmer who was in the middle of competition at the FINA World Aquatic Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
Let's get the important part out of the way first, she is doing fine after being rescued by her quick-thinking coach Andrea Fuentes.
After noticing her swimmer sink motionless, Fuentes listened to her instincts and sprang into action.
“I jumped into the water again because I saw that no one, no lifeguard, was jumping in,” Fuentes said, via the New York Times. “I got a little scared because she wasn’t breathing.”
USA Artistic Swimming gave a glimpse into Alvarez’s health and what could possibly have taken place prior to the fainting spell.
"Anita has been evaluated by medical staff and will continue to be monitored. She is feeling much better and using today to rest," the statement read, via ESPN.
"Watching yesterday's medical emergency of 2x Olympian Anita Alvarez and subsequent rescue by coach Andrea Fuentes was heartbreaking for our community. She gave an exceptional solo performance and competed brilliantly in four preliminary and three final competitions across six days."
Fuentes had a lighthearted quip, via ESPN: “It was her best performance ever, she just pushed through her limits and she found them.”
The coach had more to say via a post on Instagram.
Remarkably, the New York Times reports a similar situation played out last year during a competition in Spain.
Towards the end of a routine, Alvarez lost consciousness and Fuentes had to jump in, making her first in what is now turning out to be a fully-clothed rescue series.