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Olympic swimmer Anita Alvarez back poolside with US teammates after scary pool faint

Team USA artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez was back poolside with her teammates Friday, after fainting in the water and sinking toward the bottom this week.

Alvarez, 25 — a two-time Olympian and New York native — was shown in photos grinning and hugging teammates at the World Aquatic Championship in Budapest.

Alvarez apparently wasn’t ready to make a splash after her health scare, as she stood sidelined in a USA T-shirt next to suited-up swimmers.

On Wednesday, the swimmer’s head coach, Andrea Fuentes, 39, dove into a pool fully clothed to rescue her after she went unconscious and began sinking.

Alvarez wasn’t breathing when Fuentes pulled her to the surface, but she quickly coughed up water and began sucking in oxygen.

“I am okay and healthy!” Alvarez wrote on Instagram after the frightening plunge.

“I appreciate all of the messages of support and hope everyone can respect that my team and I still have two more days of competition to be focused on here in Budapest.”

US swimmer Anita Alvarez, left, joined her teammates Friday.
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USA's Anita Alvarez (R) hugs her teammates following the women's team free artistic swimming finals during the Budapest 2022 World Aquatics Championships at the Alfred Hajos Swimming Complex in Budapest on June 24, 2022.
Alvarez stood on the sidelines in a USA T-shirt next to her suited-up teammates.
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USA's Anita Alvarez (R) congratulates her teammates following the women's team free artistic swimming finals during the Budapest 2022 World Aquatics Championships at the Alfred Hajos Swimming Complex in Budapest on June 24, 2022.
Alvarez said she is doing okay and that her vitals appear normal.
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Anita Alvarez of Team United States is attended to by medical staff following her Women's Solo Free Final performance on day six of the Budapest 2022 FINA World Championships at Alfred Hajos National Aquatics Complex on June 22, 2022 in Budapest, Hungary.
Alvarez wasn’t breathing when she was pulled the surface initially after the scary incident.
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Anita Alvarez
Andrea Fuentes jumped in to save Alvarez after fainting.
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Anita Alvarez
The coach stepped up reacting faster than the medical personnel on the scene.
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USA's Anita Alvarez
The swimmer was at the bottom of the pool during the women’s solo free artistic swimming finals.
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She added that she has “a job to finish,” whether that’s on the sidelines or in the water. 

Alvarez “started to feel a little bit of numbness in my fingers and then honestly, just kind of everything went black,” she told NBC News — though it wasn’t clear Friday what caused her to faint.

In a statement, Fuentes said that Alvarez is “okay,” that doctors have “checked all vitals”  and that “everything is normal.”

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