US Duet To Compete At French Open
INDIANAPOLIS - U.S.
National Squad members Anita Alvarez
(Kenmore, N.Y./Town of Tonawanda Aquettes) and Sandra Ortellado (Walnut Creek, Calif./Walnut Creek Aquanuts) will
compete in the free duet this week at the Make Up For Ever French Open in Montreuil,
Teammate Karensa Tjoa (San Jose, Calif./Santa
Clara Aquamaids) also will take part in an exhibition at the championships, to
be held March 20-22.
and Ortellado are competing for the first time together and will be among the
youngest competitors at the event, as most of the other 25 duets are comprised of senior
national team members.
preliminaries for the free duet are Thursday, with the finals set for Friday.
“The goal of the competition is to
leave a good impression with this new duet,” U.S. coach Julie Fabre said. “The execution needs to be clean to allow the
judges to appreciate the choreography. We worked a lot on synchro, spacing,
height and sharpness. I chose these swimmers because of their skills – their
height, extension and flexibility. They have a lot of potential.”
Ortellado and Tjoa were members of the U.S. junior team that won gold at the
2013 UANA Pan American Championships, where Tjoa also took duet silver.
Ortellado won team and duet silver medals and Tjoa earned team and duet gold at
the 2013 SwimOutlet.com U.S. Junior National Championships.
is the first time Sandra and I have competed together as a duet,” Alvarez said.
“Training together has gone very well so far; we push each other every day to
reach our goals. I am not quite sure what to expect going into the competition.
I know there are going to be many strong countries there, and although it is going
to be a senior competition, it will be great to see where we stand now, just a
few months before Junior Worlds.”