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Double Victory Puts Malin in Quarterfinals

July 16, 1993|JOHN ORTEGA

Gene Malin of Woodland Hills advanced to the quarterfinals of singles and doubles play in the 45-plus Men's National Hardcourt tennis championships Thursday at the Westlake Tennis and Swim Club.

Malin, the No. 5-seeded player, defeated Dean Schlobohm of Moraga, Calif., 6-3, 6-3, in a fourth-round singles match. He will face fourth-seeded Jim Rombeau of Houston, a 6-1, 6-2 winner over Juergen Janson of Westlake Village, in a quarterfinal match at 10:30 this morning.

Malin and Erick Baer of Thousand Oaks defeated David Brown of Brea and Jess Torres of Alta Loma in a second-round doubles match, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. They will face second-seeded Peter Bronson of Scottsdale, Ariz., and David Bryant of Oklahoma City in a quarterfinal at 4:30 p.m.

Track and Field

Cheaza Figueroa, the girls' triple jump champion for Quartz Hill High in last month's state track and field championships, will attend Antelope Valley College.

Figueroa, who also placed third in the long jump and fourth in the 100-meter high hurdles in the state meet, will play volleyball during the upcoming school year, but does not plan to compete on the Marauders' track team until the 1995 season.

Under that plan, she will have three years of track eligibility remaining if she signs with an NCAA Division I school.

Figueroa was recruited by USC, UCLA, Arizona, Fresno State, Cal State Northridge and Maryland this year, but failed to meet the NCAA's Proposition 48 requirements in core-curriculum classes because she lacked a lab-science course. She must now earn an Associate of Arts degree before signing with a Division I school.

Under Prop. 48 guidelines, an athlete must have a 2.0 grade-point average in core curriculum classes during high school and score a minimum of 700 points on the Scholastic Aptitude Test or a 17 on the American College Test. Figueroa took the ACT last month, but has yet to receive her score.

"I was very, very disappointed when I found out about the lab science class," Figueroa said. "It felt like someone had taken something away from me. I was told by my counselor that I had taken the proper class to fulfill that requirement."

Figueroa teamed with Prevenna Darama to win the Golden League doubles title in tennis as a senior. She hoped to play that sport at Antelope Valley, but the school recently dropped women's tennis due to budget cuts.

In track, Figueroa has personal bests of 14.50 seconds in the 100 high hurdles, 19 feet 4 inches in the long jump and 40-1 1/4 in the triple jump, a region record.

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