The Southern Pacific Masters Association (SPMA) offers a ranking system for its open water swimmers who compete in three or more its summer ocean swims.
According to the Southern Pacific Masters Association's preliminary rankings - that will be officially ratified and compiled shortly - the top Southern California ocean swimmers for the 2009 season include:
19-24 years - Walid Wasfy
25-29 years - Mark Tripp
30-34 years - Andrew Burch
35-39 years - Michael Bergkvist
40-44 years - David Neilan
45-49 years - Parks Wesson
50-54 years - Andy Bray
55-59 years - Howard Burns (overall high point)
60-64 years - Bill Darby
65-69 years - Eric Anderson
25-29 years - Merritt Johnson
30-34 years - Beth Weber
35-39 years - Laurie Dodd
40-44 years - Jill Keenan-Boline
45-49 years - Maureen MacDonald
50-54 years - Jenny Cook
55-59 years - Christie Ciraulo (overall high point)
60-64 years - Kathleen Nielsen
65-69 years - Ellen Shockro
70-74 years - Jeanne Little
Jenny Cook and Christie Ciraulo were nominated, along with their teammates, for the 2009 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Award.
Online voting can be done here.
Photo of Christie Ciraulo.