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Rutgers Olympic Sports Hall of Fame
Class of 2001

Jeffrey Klepacki (¹90)

Klepacki was captain and team MVP of the crew team during his senior year as well as a finalist for the Coursen Award, given annually to Rutgers University¹s top male student-athlete. Klepacki first made the United States National Rowing team in 1989 and was a three-time Olympian (1992, 1996, 2000) finishing fourth in the eight-oared event at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. He won his first World Championship in 1994, stroking the U.S. Eight to a Gold Medal. That same year, he was named the 1994 US Rowing Male Athlete of the Year and also was a semifinalist for the James E. Sullivan Award, given to the nation¹s outstanding amateur athlete. He has won two additional World Championships in 1998 and 1999 as well as two bronze medals in 1993 and 1995. He won Gold and Bronze Medals at the 1994 Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia and was a two time champion at the 1995 Pan American Games in Mar Del Plata, Argentina.

Matthew J. Bolger

Bolger spent 22 years at the head coach of the Scarlet Knights baseball team, compiling a record of 288-245-7 during his career. He led Rutgers to three NCAA Tournaments in a five-year span from 1966-1970, and posted his best season in 1961, when the Scarlet Knights finished with a 15-4-1 record. A two-time Coach of the Year honoree by the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association, Bolger mentored several major league draft picks, including former first-round pick Jeff Torborg. A past President of the American Association of College Baseball Coaches, Bolger is a member of the AACBC Hall of Fame, as well as the Newark Hall of Fame and the St. Benedict’s Prep Hall of Fame. Bolger, who coached at Rutgers from 1961 through 1983, was the school’s all-time winningest coach in any sport at the time of his retirement.

Charles Gantner (’44)

Gantner won varsity letters in both track and swimming during his four years at Rutgers. A four-year letter winner in swimming, Gantner won the 200m breaststroke, 300m medley relay, and the 400 freestyle relay at the 1942 and 1943 Eastern Collegiate Championships, and placed third in the 200m breaststroke at the 1942 NCAA Championships. In 1943, he again excelled in the 200m breaststroke, becoming a National AAU and Eastern Intercollegiate Champion in the event. He also set a world record in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1943 with a time of 0:58.00. A Marine Corps veteran who served at Okinawa, Gantner was also a two-year letter winner in track, specializing in sprints.

Jennifer Heggie Blackwell (’94)

Heggie Blackwell holds four Rutgers school records in track and field – outdoor 1500m, indoor 800m, outdoor 800m and sprint medley – and is a two-time NCAA All-American. She finished third in the outdoor 1500m with a school-record time of 4:19.19 at the 1994 NCAA Championships, and ran the sixth fastest U.S. collegiate time in 2:07.07, also a school-record. Heggie was a three-time All-East selection and a three-time Metropolitan Champion, and also served as a team captain for the Scarlet Knights during her successful career. She was also Rutgers’ Cross Country Scholar-Athlete in 1994 as well as a USATF Championship Qualifier in the 1500m that same year.

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