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Coach opens up about rescuing fainted artistic swimmer: ‘I went as fast as I could’

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Andrea Fuentes knew immediately something was wrong when artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez failed to come up for a breath and sunk to the bottom of a pool during a solo free routine Wednesday.

Alvarez was competing at the swimming world championships in Budapest, Hungary, when she fainted.

Fuentes dove into the pool fully clothed to rescue the swimmer. Fuentes appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and spoke about what she was thinking when she dove into the water to save Alvarez.

“When you finish, you really want to breathe because you hold your breath for a long time, and the first thing you want to do is breathe,” the coach said on the program.

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