PARIS - U.S. national team members Anita Alvarez (Kenmore, N.Y.) and Mariya Koroleva (Concord, Calif.) ended their strong European swing with more medals Sunday, winning bronze in the duet free final of the French Open Make Up Forever.
Alvarez and Koroleva, who were third in the duet free preliminary on Friday, finished with 83.4333 points in Sunday’s final. Mexico’s Nuria Diosdado and Karem Achach were first at 85.7333 and France’s Margaux Chretien and Laura Auge were second at 85.5667.
The duo also won bronze medals at the German Open last Sunday. They have been in Europe for a month, having trained in Italy with the Italian National Team in Rome and with a club in Genoa, before competing at the German and French events.
“We are so happy, and not just because we won another medal, but because we ended our European trip with a good swim,” Koroleva, a 2012 Olympian said. “This is giving us a great positive push toward our last few weeks before the Olympic qualifier. We can’t wait to get back home and get back to work.”
Alvarez and Koroleva will compete at the Olympic Qualification Tournament in Rio de Janeiro starting March 2.
“Although they are incredibly tired, they swam their best and put everything they had left into this final,” U.S. Senior National Team Coach Lolli Montico said. “I’m very proud of them. They worked hard with professionalism and dedication.”