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USA Artistic Swimming Announces Coaching Structure Change for National Team

By Emily Falkenberg | Sept. 09, 2020, 6:10 p.m. (ET)

Photo of USA Artistic Swimming National Team Coaching Staff of Lara, Andrea, and Anna

MORAGA, Calif. - As the USA Artistic Swimming Senior National Team heads into an Olympic year in 2021, the National Team coaching staff has shifted roles to focus heavily on Senior National Team Olympic qualification. 

Junior National Team Head Coach, Anna Voloshyna, has been promoted to Senior National Team Assistant Coach while still maintaining her Head Coach status with the Junior National Team. USAAS High Performance Manager, Lara Teixeira Cianciarulo now serves both teams as an assistant coach while also managing High Performance duties. 

This shift only further unites the Senior and Junior National Team and gives the coaching trio the opportunity to utilize their strengths to help each team grow. For the 2021 competitive year, the Senior and Junior National Teams will compete the same routines. 

USA Artistic Swimming Head Coach, Andrea Fuentes said there is something truly magical about the cohesive coaching unit that Teixeira and Voloshyna have helped create over the last year. She stated how the combination of their personalities not only match, but perfectly balance each other and the needs of the team. 

“I am so grateful to be surrounded by two of the most empowered, talented and wonderful ladies,” Fuentes said. “We have such a high-level of respect for each other, and we carry the humility to learn and become better coaches every day to achieve our goals. We have so much passion, love and creativity for the sport, and I know things will get even better with time.” 

The coaching dynamic between the incredibly talented trio is something to take notice of from the pool deck. USA Artistic Swimming, CEO Adam Andrasko said each of these women bring something so unique to the water that it is obvious this coaching staff is special, and he cannot wait to see what the future holds with the ‘Dream Team’ in place. 

“We have worked very hard to identify coaches who complement each other,” Andrasko said. “The results that are occurring in the pool started with this strategy, and everyone has bought into the plan. It is amazing how quickly the coaches have turned our program around, and we are ready to see where they take it.”