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Rutgers Olympic Sports Hall of Fame
Class of 1996

Fred Borchelt '76

Borchelt was a member of the Varsity Eight men's heavyweight crew from1974-1976. A member of three United States Olympic Teams, he won a silver medal in the eight-oared crew at the 1984 Summer Games at Los Angeles. His crew also set a world record that same year. He also placed 11th at the 1976 Olympic Games at Montreal and was a member of the 1980 Olympic Team. While at Rutgers, Borchelt placed 6th at the 1976 Eastern Sprints and 5th at the 1976 IRA Regatta. He also was a recipient of the ECAC Merit Medal for excellence in academics and athletics in 1976. Borchelt rowed on crews that won medals at the World Rowing Championships in 1979 (bronze), 1981 (silver) and 1982 (bronze). He was named Outstanding Male Rower by the U. S. Olympic Committee in 1981 and 1982.

Art Brinkmann '56

Brinkmann became the first ever Rutgers men's soccer All-American in 1954. A three-time All-East selection, Brinkmann scored 49 goals in his Scarlet Knight career. He also holds the Rutgers single game scoring record with six goals in one game. In addition to being team captain his junior and senior years, Brinkmann was named the Alfred Sasser Award winner and appeared in Who's Who in American Colleges & Universities in 1954 and 1955. Brinkmann was an alternate member of the 1952 United States Olympic soccer team that competed in the Summer Games at Helsinki, Finland. He was also a member of the Eintracht Football Club that won the 1956 national championship. In 1995, he was chosen by the College Soccer Association of New Jersey for its Hall of Fame.

Dave Masur '85

Masur was a two-time All-American as well as a three-time team captain from 1982-84. During those three years, Masur keyed the Scarlet Knights to a 35-14-6 combined record. The 17-1-2 mark in 1983 garnered Rutgers its first NCAA Tournament berth in 22 years. Masur won the Bob McNulty MVP Award in 1982 & 1983 and was a participant in the 1984 Senior Bowl. He graduated as Rutgers' 8th all-time assist leader and 13th all-time in points. His success as a Scarlet Knight player was rewarded with his jersey retirement in 1989. Masur followed his Rutgers career with 10 years in the professional ranks. He is currently the head soccer coach at St. John's, where his team has won four BIG EAST Championships.

Pete Schuder '68

Schuder was a two-time team captain in men's track who was, in 1968, the first Rutgers runner to place at the NCAAs when he finished 7th in the 400 meters. H e was a member of the first relay team (4x400) to qualify for the NCAA championships in 1967. Also that year, Schuder was the Metropolitan champion in the 600, and both the indoor and outdoor 440. He went on to defend each of those titles in 1968 when Rutgers won the team title. The winner of the 1968 Coursen Award, given to the top male graduating senior, Schuder placed second in the IC4A meet in both the 400 meters and 4x400 relay in 1967 and 1968 and was fourth in the 400 in 1968. In both of those seasons, Rutgers finished third as a team at the IC4A meet. A gold medal winner at the 1971 Hapoel Games in Israel in the 400 meters, he was a three-time AAU All-American in the 600-yard run in 1971 and as a member of the silver-medal winning national 4x440 relay team in 1969 and 1970.

Julie Smithers '81

Smithers was a three-time All-American in women's track. She twice placed in the top three at the AIAW Nationals, finishing second in the 60-yard hurdles in 1978 and third in the dame event in 1979. In 1980, she placed sixth in the 60-yard hurdles in the Indoor Nationals. A four-year letterwinner and two-time Eastern Champion, Smithers was a seven-time national qualifier (both AIAW and NCAA) and a member of the 1982 Olympic Sports Festival East team.

John Valestra '64

Valestra was a three-time All-American in men's lacrosse. In 1996, he became the 8th Rutgers player or coach to gain entry into the prestigious USILA Hall of Fame. He currently ranks fifth on the single-season points list with 70 in 1964, which was done in just an 11-game season. That same year, he dished off 39 assists, an average of 3.5 per game, which is tied for fifth-best one season mark in Rutgers history. Valestra is also seventh in all-time assists with 86. He recorded eight assists in a game vs. Colgate in 1964 and seven in a game vs. Harvard in 1962. He was also responsible for the game-winning goal in a thrilling 11-10 victory over Johns Hopkins on May 2, 1964. Following his senior year, Valestra was selected to play in the prestigious North-South game and went on to play in a club lacrosse in California for 18 years.

Raymond Van Cleef '52

Van Cleef was a two-time All-American in baseball, garnering first-team accolades from the American Association of College Baseball Coaches in 1950 and 1951. In the process, he became the first Eastern player to repeat as an All-American. A veteran of two NCAA Tournaments, he was the starting centerfielder on the 1950 Rutgers team, which advanced to the College World Series. He batted .458 (11-24) in the series en route to MVP honors, while leading the Knights to a co-runner-up finish. Van Cleef batted .404 that season, he junior year, and followed it up with a .378 mark in 1951. He currently ranks second in career batting average at Rutgers. He set the Rutgers single season record for triples with seven in 1950 and stands second in career with 13. Van Cleef is also third in career slugging percentage with a .606 mark. The Knights were 50-21-2 his three varsity years. He also won three letters in basketball and one in soccer.

Ellen Wallace-Turnbull '80

Wallace-Turnbull was a four-year All-American in women's swimming. She received the accolades in the 100 and 200 meter backstroke and the 200 and 500 meter freestyle. She was a member of the United States Pan American Team and reached the finals of the 1975 Pan American Games in the 200 freestyle and backstroke, the same year she reached the finals of the World Championships in the 200 backstroke. She barely missed a spot on the 1976 United States Olympic Team finishing fourth at the Olympic Trials (top three advance). An Eastern Champion and AIAW finalist in several events, Wallace-Turnbull received the Headley -Singer Award, given to the top female graduating senior, in 1980. The holder of Eastern and Rutgers records, she was a member of the club team that broke the world record in the 800 meter freestyle relay.

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