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Stanford swim greats on men's Pac-12 All-Century team

 

Stanford placed seven of its greatest aquatic athletes on the Pac-12 Men's Swimming and Diving All-Century Team, as announced recently by the conference.

Jeff Rouse (backstroke), John Hencken (breaststroke), John Moffet (breastsroke) Pablo Morales (butterfly, individual medley), Mike Bruner (butterfly), Tom Wilkens (IMs), and Kristian Ipsen (diving) were all named to the select team.

A panel of 20 coaches, swimmers, administrators and members of the media selected the team consisting of 26 swimmers and six divers.

The top four vote-earners in each of the six disciplines made the All-Century Team, with two additional "wildcard" swimmers selected by a second vote of the remaining fifth-, sixth- and seventh-place finishers. The top two divers in each of the three events also made the All-Century Team. Swimmers and divers could be nominated in more than one event, with three earning roster spots in multiple events.

Jeff Rouse (1988-92), an Olympian in 1992 and 1996, won two national championships in both the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard back, as well as one title in the 200-yard IM. He went on to win four Olympic medals, including gold in the 100-meter back in 1996, silver in the 100 back in 1992, and a pair of gold medals in the 400-meter medley relay in 1992 and 1996. He is a former world recordholder in the 100 back.

Hencken (1972-76), one of the best breaststrokers in history, left Stanford having won seven of eight conference championships in the 100-yard breast and the 200-yard breast. He also won three national championships in the 100 breast and two in the 200 breast. In two Olympic games, Hencken won five medals -- gold in the 200-meter breast (1972), bronze in the 100-meter breast (1972), gold in the 100-meter breast (1976), gold in the 800-meter medley relay and silver in the 200 breast (1976).

Moffet (1982-86), an Olympian in 1984, won two league and NCAA titles in the 100-yard breast. He captured four conference 200-yard breast titles and three national championships in the same event, also winning the conference's 200-yard individual medley in 1985.

Morales (1983-87), one of the most-decorated swimmers in history, was a four-time national champion in both the 100-yard fly and 200-yard fly, as well as a three-time 200-yard IM NCAA champion. Morales also dominated the conference circuit, winning three 100 fly championships and helping Stanford capture three consecutive 400-yard medley relay titles from 1985-87. A two-time Olympian, Morales won silver medals in the 100-meter fly and 200-meter IM in 1984 before winning the gold medal in the 100 fly eight years later.

Bruner (1974-79) was a two-time conference champion in the 200-yard fly from 1977-78, winning the national championship in 1977 for the same event. Also a national champion in the 1975 1,650-yard freestyle, Bruner was a 500-yard freestyle and 1,650 free conference champion. Bruner competed at the 1976 Olympics, winning the gold medal in the 200-meter fly and a gold medal with the USA 800-meter free relay team.

Wilkens (1994-98) won five national championships and eight conference championships at Stanford. He was a two-time conference 200-yard breast champion, also winning three titles each in the 200- and 400-yard IMs. Wilkens won the national championship for the 200-yard breast in 1998, the 1998 200-yard IM and the 400-yard medley relay from 1997-98. Wilkens was a participant at the 2000 Olympics, winning the bronze medal in the 200-meter IM.

Ipsen (2011-15) is the most recent of Stanford's all-century selections, Ipsen was a three-time Pac-12 champion in the 1-meter, a two-time 3-meter champion, and platform champion. Ipsen won the 1-meter national championship in 2013 as well as the 3-meter national championships in 2012 and 2013. In the 2012 Olympics, Ipsen was a 3-meter synchronized diving bronze medalist. He is considered the best diver in program history.

— Stanford Athletics

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