BEIJING – The U.S. Senior National Synchronized Swimming Team got the season off to a strong start Friday, winning two medals on the first day of the China Open.
Team USA won silver in the team technical event, and Anita Alvarez (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Ruby Remati (Andover, Mass.) won bronze in duet tech.
“The athletes had solid swims in both events,” said Sara Lowe, an assistant coach for the U.S. Senior National Team. “We noticed improvement in the areas in which we focused on leading up to the competition. We also saw areas in which we need to continue to work.”
The U.S. scored 79.9018 points in team tech to finish second behind host China, which had 89.0903 points. Slovakia was third at 73.6496.
Alvarez and Remati made their debut as a duet, finishing third in tech.
Competing for Team USA in China are Anita Alvarez (Buffalo, N.Y.), Grace Alwan (Andover, Mass.), Paige Areizaga (Palm Coast, Fla.), Yara Elian (Walnut Creek, Calif.), Nicole Goot (San Jose, Calif.), Hannah Heffernan (Las Vegas, Nev.), Cassandra Neeley (Williamsville, N.Y.), Daniella Ramirez (Miami, Fla.),Ruby Remati (Andover, Mass.), Abby Remers (Sugar Land, Texas) and team captain Emma Tchakmakjian (New Canaan, Conn.).
The U.S. will compete in the team free event on Saturday. The China Open is being live streamed at https://www.finatv.live/en (subscription required).
The China Open is one of 10 events in the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series that made its debut last year. The Synchro America Open, sponsored by Orange County, is the U.S. leg of the 2018 World Series and will be held June 7-9 in La Mirada, Calif.
The FINA Artistic Swimming World Series integrates existing and well-recognized competitions in the sport. The international teams taking part collect points at each meet, and final rankings and prize money are tallied at the end of the series.