For the Union Democrat

Impressive statistics were recorded by nine Tuolumne County Aquatic Masters swimmers at the competitive Pacific Masters Short Course Championships held in Santa Clara.

More than 500 swimmers ranging in age from 18 to 88, raced in the two 25 yard courses across the width of the Olympic pool at the George Haines International Swim Center.

With the majority of the TCAM swimmers racing only on one day of the meet, the team finished in 13th place overall.

Eight of the team members ranked in the top twenty in their age group high point awards.

While all nine raced to top eight finishes in all of their races.

Toni Wivell, 82 led her teammates to a third place ranking in the 80-85 age division.

She finished first and second in all of her events.

Joining Wivell with top ten rankings were Jeff Johanson, 65, seventh in 65-69 and Kirby Smith, 72, tenth in 70-74.

Placing in the top 20 in their respective five year age groups were Lisa Hieb-Stock, 39 in 11th, Susan Loyd, 59 in 13th, Greg Jacobus, 67 in 14th, Gary Johnson, 68 in 18th and Matt Gass, 61 in 20th.

Kyle Stock, 45 narrowly missed the top twenty finishing in 22nd.

Johansen had significant time improvements in three events with a bests by 36 seconds in the 200 back, 4 in the 200 breast and one in the 50 breast.

Jacobus shaved 25 off of his 500 free and one in the 200 IM.

Strong, steady paced swims were recorded in the longer distance 200 stroke events and 500 free by Gass, Hieb-Stock, Jacobus, Johanson, Johnson, Loyd, Stock and Wivell.

The TCAM swimmers continue to train daily primarily for fitness, upcoming meets and the open water season which begins in May.