Artistic Swimming Preview
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The last time a team from USA Synchro competed at an Olympic Games was Beijing 2008. With a new coaching staff and a group of young and talented athletes, USA Synchro is aiming to change that prior to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

In 2018, USA Synchro named 11 athletes to its senior national team, who have trained together in Moraga, California, ever since. In 2019, the coaching staff of USA Synchro also changed significantly. Spain’s most decorated female Olympian Andrea Fuentes was named head coach, while two-time Olympian Reem Abdalazem joined as assistant coach. Together they have transformed the team with unique choreography and elements never-before seen in a synchronized swimming competition.

With a new coaching staff comes a new style for USA Synchro. The coaching pair is challenging Team USA’s traditional synchronized swimming routines with daring musical themes throughout their routines and unique choreography.

In 2019, the senior national team won two bronze medals in duet and team at the 2019 Pan American Games Lima. The team qualified for finals in every event at the 18th FINA World Championships, finishing fourth in mixed duet, 12th in solo and duet and 11th in team. With only one returning Olympian on the roster, the average age of the team is 17 years old, making them one of the youngest artistic swimming teams in the world.

In the last year, USA Synchro has undergone a leadership change at the CEO level and on the coaching staff. Adam Andrasko has been chosen to lead USA Synchro, while Spain's most decorated female Olympian Fuentes was named USA Synchro head coach, and two-time Olympian from Egypt Abdalazem has filled the position of assistant coach. USA Synchro also hired Olympian from Ukrain, Anna Voloshyna as the junior national team head coach, and three-time Olympian from Brazil, Lara Teixeira Cianciarulo was named assistant coach and high-performance director. 

USA Synchro Senior National Team won two bronzes in duet and team at the 2019 Pan American Games Lima. The senior national team qualified for finals in every event at the 18th FINA World Championships, finishing fourth in mixed duet, 12th in solo and duet and 11th in team.

The team is aiming to qualify for the Olympic Games for the first time since 2008. In 2020, the senior national team will travel to more international events than any team in USA Synchro history. With new and daring routines, the U.S. is making quite the splash prior to the Tokyo Games.

Anita Alvarez (Buffalo, New York)
Alvarez is the only Olympic veteran on Team USA, and she will compete in team, duet and solo in the 2020 competition season. In 2016, she was the youngest swimmer on the U.S. roster, but returns in 2020 as the veteran presence for a very young Team USA. In 2019, Alvarez earned two bronzes at the 2020 Pan American Games Lima in duet and team. She qualified for the finals in team, duet and solo at the 18th FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. With new duet partner, Lindi Schroeder, Alvarez looks to display a newfound tenacity and passion for artistic swimming and qualify for her second Olympic Games.

Lindi Schroeder (Andover, Massachusetts)  
Schroeder was named to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 duet in October. She was the duet alternate in 2019 but earned her spot on the Olympic hopeful duet squad. She swam the technical duet event at the 2019 Synchro America Open with partner Alvarez, earning silver. At the 2019 Spanish Open, Schroeder and Alvarez placed fifth in the technical duet. It was Schroeder’s display of maturity, skill and dedication in 2019 that helped propel her to the Olympic hopeful duet pair. She and Alavarez will look to qualify for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in May.

Only 10 teams will qualify to compete at the Tokyo Games, while 24 duets will make it to the Olympic stage. The U.S. will look to punch their ticket in team and duet at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. If they fail to qualify, there will be an Olympic qualifier event held in April 2020. 

Pending qualification, nominations will determine which athletes are eligible to compete for their spot on the team. The duet nominations will take place in the fall of 2019, while the team nominations will be finalized in the spring of 2020.

March 27 – 29, 2020: FINA Artistic Swimming World Series #2 (Hurghada, Egypt)
April 30 – May 3, 2020: FINA Artistic Swimming Olympic Games Qualification Tournament 2020
June 12 – 14, 2020: FINA Artistic Swimming World Series #8 (Rochester, Michigan)
June 18 – 20, 2020: FINA Artistic Swimming World Series 2020 #9 - Super Final (Windsor, Ontario)
July 24 – August 9, 2020: Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (Tokyo, Japan)