EAST MEADOW – Team USA’s Anita Alvarez (Kenmore) and Victoria Woroniecki (Palm Coast, Fla.) won bronze in duet, scoring 85.6667 points in the free final Saturday for 168.3545 overall points at the 2017 Synchro America Open presented by Le Reve – the Dream which concluded Saturday at the Nassau County
Alvarez and Rachel Jager of Williamsville also performed on the U.S. team that won the gold medal on Friday in that event with 84.9000 points in free for an overall total of 166,2664. Canada was second with 163.2074.
Alvarez and Woroniecki made their debut as a duet just three months ago at the French Open. They’ve also competed in China and Japan this year in the buildup for the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, July 14-22.
"It felt pretty good. We were really focused – swimming together, not separate," Alvarez said after Saturday’s free final. "We’ve competed together a few times already this year, so getting those extra practices together in the beginning are going to help us feel more confident for
U.S. duet coach Lolli Montico has been impressed with the duet’s progress over the past three months.
"I’m really happy with how they are improving every day," she said. "And especially Victoria because she’s just 16 years old – it’s quite impressive how fast she’s improving to get to Anita’s level. She brings some power in duet free.
"All of the judges were giving me feedback, about how hard the routine looks – and it is hard. They swim nine figures in a three-minute routine. Normally a good routine has six or seven – we’ve got nine. They probably spend more time underwater than above. It’s not perfect yet, but I like to be
perfect at the right time, and we’ve got three weeks."
In the solo final, Ona Carbonell of Spain, an Olympic medalist, won gold with 92.5000 points in the free final for 182.8424 combined points.