Xeno R. Muller ’95
Hometown: Fountainebleau, France
Year Inducted: 2002
Xeno Muller ’95 gained national and international recognition as a member of Brown’s national championship men’s crew, and an Olympic single sculler.
Born in Switzerland, Muller lived in Spain and Germany before his family settled in Fountainebleau, a city outside of Paris, at the age of nine. As a seventh-grader, Muller joined a rowing club and he soon became one of the top junior scullers in Europe.
In 1989 Muller finished ninth in the single sculls at the junior world championships in Szeged, Hungary. Val Ferme, who was the freshman crew coach at Brown at the time, could not pass up the opportunity of approaching Muller after the competition. Ferme sold Muller on the idea of Brown and he came to Providence.
Muller rowed for Brown during the 1992 and 1993 seasons. He helped lead the Bears to an undefeated season (6-0) and the “Triple Crown” of rowing, with Brown winning the Eastern Sprints, the IRAs and the National Championship. Muller and his 1993 teammates also captured the Ladies Challenge Plat at the Royal Henley Regatta to cap off a perfect season.
In June of 1992, less than a week after finishing his freshman year, Muller rowed to a fourth place finish at a World Cup Competition in Lucerne. He then went on to compete in the Barcelona Olympics, but missed the finals by .85 of a second.
Muller won the gold medal at a World Cup Competition in Switzerland in the single scull in 1994. Competing in a series of regattas before 1996 helped prepare Muller for the 1996 Olympics. Muller did not fall short of the finals this time and won the gold medal for Switzerland in the single sculls at the Olympics in Atlanta.
In 1998 Muller won the gold medal in the World Cup Competition in both Switzerland and Belgium. He also won the silver in Germany in 1998. In 1999 Xeno won two silver medals in the World Cup Competitions in Austria and Canada.