By Karen Price | April 22, 2018, 3:36 p.m. (ET)
Anita Alvarez (L) and Ruby Remati pose during the duet technical at the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series on April 20, 2018 in Beijing.

 

The U.S. synchronized swimming team faced its first big test of the season this weekend at the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series stop in Beijing and finished with two team and two duet medals.

Olympian Anita Alvarez, one of the only veterans on the young team, and 15-year-old Ruby Remati closed out the competition with a bronze medal in the duet free on Sunday to go along with the bronze they won in the duet technical on Friday. This was their first time competing together as a duet.

Alvarez finished ninth at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 with Mariya Koroleva.

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The team earned silver medals in both the free event on Saturday and the technical event on Friday to kick off the China Open. Most of the competitors are between the ages of 15 and 17, and this was their first time competing in the FINA World Series and at the senior level. The team consists of Grace Alwan, Paige Areizaga, Yara Elian, Nicole Goot, Hannah Heffernan, Cassandra Neeley, Daniella Ramirez, Abby Remers and team captain Emma Tchakmakjian.

The China Open is one of 10 events on the World Series circuit, in which teams accumulate points to determine final rankings at the end of the season.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.