South Florida Olympians in Rio: Ashleigh Johnson, Nick Lucena highlight Tuesday’s performances


Tuesday roundup of South Florida Olympians:

▪ Johnson makes history in Olympic debut: Ashleigh Johnson, a Ransom Everglades graduate and Princeton student who grew up in Redland, stopped 11 of 15 shots to lead the U.S. women’s water polo team to an 11-4 win over Spain. The game was a rematch of the 2012 Olympic final, and Johnson became the first black woman to play water polo for the United States in an Olympic Games.

U.S. coach Adam Krikorian, who had returned to the United States last week following the death of his brother Blake, rejoined the team in Rio to coach Tuesday’s match. Team USA plays China on Thursday.

▪ Lucena wins in beach volleyball: Cooper City native Nick Lucena, a Florida State University alum, won his second beach volleyball match with teammate Phil Dalhausser. They won 21-14, 21-17 over Mexico’s Rodolfo Ontiveros and Juan Virgen on Tuesday morning on Copacabana beach. The win puts Lucena and Dalhauser atop Pool C with one match remaining in pool play. They face Italy’s Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

▪ Prendes fails to advance to rowing final: Robin Prendes of Miami raced in the semifinal of the lightweight men’s four rowing competition, but his boat failed to advance. Racing in fourth place for most of the course on Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, they finished fifth in 6 minutes 26.82 seconds. They race in the B final Thursday for seventh through 12th place. The four-man crew also included Tyler Nase (Phoenixville, Pa.), Edward (Mix) King (Ironton, Mo.) and Anthony Fahden (Lafayette, Calif.).

▪ Boada moves on to rowing semifinal: Former Barry University rower Anna Boada, competing for Spain, and her partner Aina Cid finished second in the coxless pair heat race. The Spanish pair advanced to Wednesday’s semifinals. Boada (bow) and Cid (stroke) finished with a time of 7:12.00 in the 2,000-meter race at Lagoa Stadium. Boada, who rowed for Barry in 2013, and Cid finished behind the United States’ Grace Luczak and Felice Mueller, who won the opening heat in 7:05.14

▪ Chow in single sculls semifinal: University of Miami alumna Aisha Chow recorded her best time of the week in the women’s single sculls on Tuesday morning to finish fifth in her heat and advance to the semifinal on Wednesday. Chow, 39, is representing Trinidad and Tobago and is the first rower from that country to compete in the Olympics. Chow attended UM on an academic scholarship from 1995 to ’99.

▪ Keys advances to quarters: Madison Keys of Boca Raton advanced to the quarterfinals in women’s tennis. She beat Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.