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College Roundup: Cal Poly doubles team invited to NCAA Championships

Brittany Blalock will get the chance to do what she and then-partner Steffi Wong were unable to do in 2008 — win in the NCAA Tournament.

Blalock and Suzie Matzenauer were selected to compete in the doubles portion of the NCAA Championships beginning May 26 in Athens, Ga.

Blalock and Wong were the first Cal Poly duo to ever make an NCAA Championship appearance in Division I women’s tennis, losing 6-4, 6-4 in the first round to Vanja Corovic and Marija Milic of Texas.

This year, Blalock and Matzenauer, ranked as high as No. 28 during the season, sport a 17-3 record, including a win over then-No. 2 Lindsay Burdette and Hilary Barte of Stanford.

“Their season record speaks to a high level of excellence throughout the year and the win against Stanford showed that they are capable of defeating any team in the NCAA Championships,” Cal Poly head coach Hugh Bream said in a release.

Cuesta athletes of the month

Swimmers Aimee Dewante and Evan Norton have been named Cuesta College’s female and male athletes of the month, respectively, for May.

Dewante set a school record in the women’s 200 individual medley, finishing in 2 minutes, 12.63 seconds on her way to the Western State Conference crown.

She also swam a leg on Cuesta’s school record 800 freestyle relay, which finished in 8:06.36.

The Cougars women finished second at the WSC finals and 14th at the state championships.

Norton, a distance swimmer for the men’s team, won the 1,650 freestyle at the WSC finals. He was the only Cuesta swimmer to win a men’s event.

Norton helped lead the men to third place at the conference finals and a 24th- place finish at the state championships.