Stanford men place three on Pac-12 All-Century rowing


Stanford placed three rowers on the Pac-12 Men's Rowing All-Century Team, the conference announced on Tuesday.

Cardinal standouts Dan Ayrault (1956-59), Duvall Hecht (1949-52) and Larry Hough (1963-66) were each named to the 25-man all-century squad. The teams were voted on by a panel consisting of coaches, players, administrators and members of the media. Each member of the team was chosen based on their collegiate careers in the Conference.

The Pac-12 All-Century Team is comprised of standouts from Stanford, California, UCLA, Oregon State, USC and Washington. Members of the team hold a total of 28 IRA National team titles won. The Pac-12 All-Century Team is part of the conference's centennial celebration.

Here's a look at Stanford's honorees:

Dan Ayrault (1956-59)

* Two-time Olympic gold medalist (1956, 1960)

* Captured first Olympic gold medal in the coxed pairs at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne

* Won second Olympic gold medal in the coxless fours at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome

* Member of the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame

* Stanford team captain

* Won a national title as a member of the Lake Washington RC

Duvall Hecht (1949-52)

* Two-time Olympian

* Olympic gold medalist in the coxless pairs at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne

* Also competed in the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, rowing in the coxed pairs

* Later served as head coach of the rowing programs at UC Irvine and UCLA

Larry Hough (1963-66)

* Two-time Olympian

* Olympic silver medalist in the coxless pairs at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City

* Also competed in the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich

* Two-time world champion

Women's basketball

The Stanford women's basketball team will spend its Thanksgiving holiday in Mexico as part of the 2016 Women's Cancun Challenge.

The Cardinal is in the Mayan Division along with Northeastern, Purdue and Wichita State. Each team will play the other in a three-game round robin from November 24-26. Game times and order of matchups will be announced at a later date.

The Cancun Challenge is one of the premier basketball events held each year and was rated as a top-five preseason tournament by Sports Illustrated in 2014. Teams stay and play at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. The resort's convention center ballroom is converted into an arena, which provides fans a special close-up view of the games.

— Stanford Athletics

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