November 9, 2019
USA Synchro Names Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Hopeful Duet Pair
MORAGA, Calif. – USA Synchro announces today the naming of the duet pair to represent the United States of America through the 2020 competition season and hopefully the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. 2016 Olympian Anita Alvarez will partner with Lindi Schroeder. Ruby Remati was named as the duet alternate athlete.
Alvarez and Schroeder earned a silver medal at the 2019 Synchro America Open in the Technical Duet Event, but the 2020 season will be the pairs first full competition season swimming together. USA Synchro Head Coach Andrea Fuentes is excited to work with the duo to qualify for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
“These two swimmers are very mature and have shown their ability to listen and correct quickly in the water,” Fuentes said. “After knowing these athletes for almost a year, I know that the level of choreography we can create will be very high. One of the key qualities I see in this duet is their ability to complement each other by encouraging bidirectional growth.”
With 8 of the 22 available duet slots already filled, Alvarez and Schroeder will look to the Tokyo qualification event at the end of April to solidify their spot in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Find the full qualification process and timeline on Inside Synchro here.
“The chances to qualify are very high,” Fuentes said “Our goal is to improve the results of the last World Championships and Pan American Games results. I have a lot of faith in this duet, and I know the country will be very proud of them.”
Anita Alvarez competed in duet at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 with partner Mariya Koroleva. The Tonawanda, New York native said she is excited to hopefully add another Olympic Games to her resume with a new partner.
“I feel honored to have been selected alongside Lindi to represent Team USA and USA Synchro as the duet that will fight to qualify for Tokyo 2020,” Alvarez said. “I’m extremely excited to work with Lindi and our coaches to nail down our technical skills and create original choreography aimed towards our strengths as a duet. It is even more exhilarating that this gives me the opportunity and possibility to compete in a second Olympic Games. A dream come true times two. ”
For Schroeder, making the duet squad was an uphill battle. She was the duet alternate for the 2019 season but earned her spot today. Schroeder said she is extremely proud of how far she has come and is ready to take on this new role with Alvarez.
“I have grown up in synchro wanting nothing more than to be able to swim for the United States on the Olympic stage,” Schroeder said. “I am incredibly thankful and feel honored to be chosen to represent this National Team and the new era of synchro in this country. I am looking forward to working alongside Anita and our coaches to create and perform routines that display innovation and artistry.”
Alvarez and Schroeder will make their debut as a pair at the French Open in March 2020. The duo aims to qualify for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 at a final qualifying event on April 30 through May 4.