Alexandri Sisters and Dennis Gonzalez Boneu named artistic swimmers of the year at the 2023 European Aquatics Awards

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By Christina Marmet

Triplet sisters Anna-Maria and Eirini-Marina Alexandri of Austria were voted Europe’s best female artistic swimmers and Dennis Gonzalez Boneu of Spain was named top male artistic swimmer in the 2023 European Aquatics Awards.

The Awards were first held in 2008 and were solely based on the votes of national federations until last year, with the public voting for the first time.

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In the 2023 Awards, Anna-Maria and Eirini-Marina Alexandri were heavily favoured by the federations, receiving 35% of their votes with Lucrezia Ruggiero of Italy winning the public support with 28% of the votes.

Combining the federations and public votes, Anna-Maria and Eirini-Marina came out on top by more than 8% with 28.61% of the overall vote.

Sister Vasiliki Alexandri was second with 20.46% ahead of Great Britain’s Kate Shortman who won 20.19% overall.

Anna-Maria and Eirini-Marina Alexandri had outstanding results in 2023 – undoubtedly their best season yet.

After winning European bronze in 2021 and silver in 2022, the sisters finally became European Champions for the first time in both the Duet Technical and Duet Free at the European Games in Oswiecim.

With their dominant performance, they not only brought gold to Austria in duet for the first time since 1985, but also secured themselves a spot in the Duet event at the 2024 Olympic Games, where they will be amongst the favourites for a medal.

At the 2023 World Championships, Anna-Maria and Eirini-Marina Alexandri continued their golden streak, winning their first World title in the Duet Free and Austria’s first-ever World Championships gold in artistic swimming.

Competing internationally for Austria since 2015, the pair are currently six-time European medallists (2G, 2S, 2B), and three-time World medallists (1G, 2B).

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Gonzalez Boneu won 38% of the federations’ votes for the men’s award, with Giorgio Minisini, last year’s winner, getting the public backing, with 40.9%.

Ultimately, Gonzalez Boneu enjoyed the victory with 35.75% of the total votes, ahead of the Italian by less than 2%, and teammate Fernando Diaz del Rio Soto.

Gonzalez Boneu came into the 2023 season, his first at the senior level, as three-time World Junior Champion and seven-time European Junior Champion.

Living up to the expectations, the 19-year-old partnered with Mireia Hernandez Luna to win gold in the Mixed Free Duet at the European Games in Oswiecim, in a major upset against the Italian pair who were the reigning European Champions. He also earned silver in the Mixed Technical Duet in this competition.

A few weeks later, he became World Champion in the inaugural Men Solo Free event at the Fukuoka World Championships. The Spaniard ultimately came back from Japan with a full set of medals after also capturing silver in the Mixed Technical Duet and bronze in the Mixed Free Duet.

Moreover, Gonzalez Boneu continued to be outstanding in the junior category, winning gold in Mixed Technical Duet, Mixed Free Duet, and Team Acrobatic, as well as silver in Solo Free at the European Junior Championships in Funchal.