College to induct four alumni into the Luther Athletic Hall of Fame Oct. 9

Sept. 30, 2010

Luther College will induct four alumni into the Luther Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 9, honoring the former athletes for their achievements in college sports, professional careers and community leadership.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be at 5 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall in the Jenson-Noble Music Hall. The event is part of Luther College's 2010 Homecoming weekend.

A reception for the four honorees will precede the ceremony, beginning at about 4 p.m., at the conclusion of the Luther vs. Cornell homecoming football game. The reception will be held in Mostrom-Bahe Lobby of Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.

Inductees are Lynn Tomaszewski, golf, class of 2000; Paul Quere, cross country, track and field and swimming, class of 1985; Maria Miller-Rinaldi, tennis, class of 2000; and Jeffrey Freidhof, wrestling, class of 2000.

Luther President Richard L. Torgerson will welcome the new inductees. Coaches from the Luther Athletic Department will read the citations.

The 2010 inductees are among a select group of Luther alumni chosen to receive the hall of fame award. They will bring the total number of former Luther athletes and coaches in the Hall of Fame to 363. Luther has competed in intercollegiate athletics for more than 100 years.

Luther alumni are eligible for nomination to the athletic hall of fame 10 years after graduation.

Lynn (Hellmark) Tomaszewski, a 2000 Luther graduate of Luther and a native of Orebro, Sweden, lives in Plymouth, Minn. Tomaszewski currently serves as a part-time youth ministry coordinator at Holy Family Catholic Church in St. Louis Park, Minn.

As a Luther student-athlete, Tomaszewski was a two-time All-American golfer in 1998 and 2000; and a three-time Iowa all-conference golfer, placing fifth in 1998, sixth in 1999 and third in 2000.

Luther women's golf captain in 1999-2000, Tomaszewski was an individual qualifier for the 2000 NCAA Championship, where she took third place.

During her career, Luther made two appearances at the NCAA II and III national tournament, finishing sixth in 1998 and tenth in 1999. She helped Luther become an all-American team in 2000.

Tomaszewski and her husband, Jay, are the parents of three children and are expecting a fourth child. They are members of Holy Family Church in St. Louis Park.

Paul Quere, a 1985 Luther graduate and a native of Columbus, Ohio, lives in Fort Collins, Colo. He holds the master's degree in education from Grand Canyon University. Quere currently serves as mathematics teacher and track and field and cross country coach at Loveland High School in Loveland, Colo.

As a Luther student-athlete, Quere was a four-year letter winner in cross country, a four-year letter winner in track and field and a two-year letter winner in swimming. He was the Iowa Conference steeplechase champion in 1983; three-time all-conference honoree in steeplechase in 1983, 1984 and 1985; and national qualifier in the steeplechase in 1985. Quere was also a three-time all-conference honoree in the 10,000 in 1983, 1984 and 1985. In 1982, Quere was the small college state champion in the 200 individual medley.

Quere has coached five state championship track and field teams in Colorado.

He and his wife, Kristin, are the parents of three children.

Maria Miller-Rinaldi, a 2000 Luther graduate and a native of Oskaloosa, Iowa, lives in Hopkins, Minn. She holds the doctor of dental surgery from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Miller-Rinaldi currently serves as general dentist at Park Dental in St. Louis Park, Minn.

As a Luther student-athlete, Miller-Rinaldi was a four-year letter winner in tennis. Miller-Rinaldi was the IIAC MVP in both 1998 and 1999. She was a four-time singles champion, placing fourth in 1996, third in 1997 and first in 1998 and 1999, and a three-time doubles champion, placing first in 1997, 1998 and 1999.

Miller-Rinaldi was a three-year all-American in singles (1998, 1999 and 2000) and  four-year all-American in doubles (1997-2000).

Miller-Rinaldi and her husband, Joe Rinaldi, have two children. They are members of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

Jeff Freidhof, a 2000 Luther graduate of Luther and native of Elma, Iowa, lives in Decorah. Freidhof currently serves as mathematics teacher, head wrestling coach, head sophomore football coach and assistant varsity football coach for Decorah High School. He holds the USA Wrestling Bronze Level Coaching Certification.

As a Luther student-athlete, Freidhof was a four-year letter winner in wrestling. He was a four-time NCAA national wrestling tournament qualifier, and three-time all-American in wrestling in 1998-2000, finishing sixth in 1999 at sixth and seventh in 2000.

Friedhof was three-year team captain from 1998-2000. He was all-Lutheran wrestling tournament champion in 1999 and IIAC conference champion in 1998. He holds the Luther record for most wins with 149; he compiled a 149-53 overall career record.

Frieidhof is the son of George and Julie Freidhof of Elma, Iowa.