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Weekly Mailer
Dear VJO Swimmers and Parents,
 
Neptune Swimming Meet Re-Cap
The Neptune Swimming “Swim Like the Dickens” Meet was held Dec 7-9 at Santa Rosa Junior College indoor pool.  VJO had 7 swimmers attend the meet. Many of our swimmers swam new events for the first time. We had 20 new best times achieved overall.  Jacob Everett (14) achieved a new B time in his 200 Free with a 2:21.29. Great job swimmers!  Hopefully next year we will be able to get more swimmers into the meet before it closes.
 
 
Short Course Senior Championships Meet Re-Cap
The Short Course Senior Championships Meet was held on Dec 7-9 at the Diablo Valley College Pool.  VJO took 15 senior level II qualified swimmers to the meet. Our swimmers did an outstanding job especially since the meet run until 8:00pm.  We had 34 new best times achieved, 3 new Junior Olympic qualifying times achieved, 3 new Far Western qualifying times achieved, one new PRT (Pacific Recordable Time) achieved, and two new VJO team records broken.  Way to go VJO!
 
Mirelle Augst(15) achieved a new JO in her 100 Free with a 57.24
Luke Arechy(16) achieved a new JO in the 50 Free (24.46) and in the 100 Fly (58.44)
Kelley Henderson(17) achieved a new FW time in the 200 back with a 2:15.10
Dylan Powell(17) achieved a new FW time in the 500 Free (5:02.23) a new FW time in the 100 Back (58.52), and a new PRT in the 400 IM (4:17.89)
 
Dylan Powell(17) set a new VJO 17-18 team record in the 200 fly with a 2:00.59; he broke his previous record of 2:01.78 set back in October of this year.
 
Dylan Powell(17) also set a new VJO team record in the 400 IM with a 4:17.89.  The old VJO 400 IM record was previously held by Andrew Allison who set it in 2002.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events:
 
Cunningham Pool Closed Dec 14-26
The Cunningham Pool will be closed Dec 14-26 to install a new boiler and pump.  Our swim team will still be having practice during this time.  We have reserved space at both the American Canyon Phillip West Aquatics Center and the Solano Community College Pool.  The American Canyon Phillip West Aquatics Center is a warm indoor facility, great for younger swimmers, but can get too hot for the older swimmers.  To accommodate the older swimmers we have also reserved space at the Solano Community College Pool, where the SASO team practices.  During this time Jennifer and Sam will be coaching our swimmers at Solano and Tuffy and Hilary will be coaching our swimmers at the American Canyon pool. 
 
The coaches will be very understand and flexible with practice times. We understand these practice times may not be ideal for everyone, but we will try to be as accommodating as possible.  Our number one goal is to be able to keep everyone swimming during the Holidays.  Swimmers in Tuffy, Sam, and Hilary’s Group are not expected to swim the entire hour and a half, we have simply extended the practice time to accommodate as many people as possible.   A specific practice schedule has been listed below.  If you have questions please talk to your coach.
 
Practice Schedule Dec 14-28
Fri Dec 14th- American Canyon Pool (All Groups) 
Seniors & Age Group 4-6pm
Tuffy, Sam, & Hilary’s Group 4:30-6pm
 
Mon Dec 17th- American Canyon Pool
Tuffy & Hilary’s Group 4:30-6pm
 Solano College
Senior & Age Group 4:30-6:30pm
Sam’s Group / Younger kids 5:00-6:30pm
 
Tues Dec 18th- American Canyon Pool
Tuffy & Hilary’s Group 4:30-6pm
  Solano College
Senior & Age Group 4:30-6:30pm
Sam’s Group / Younger kids 5:00-6:30pm
 
 
Wed Dec 19th- American Canyon Pool
Tuffy & Hilary’s Group 4:30-6pm
  Solano College
Senior & Age Group 4:30-6:30pm
Sam’s Group / Younger kids 5:00-6:30pm
 
 
Thur Dec 20th- No Practice (Christmas Party at Wardlaw Elementary 6-9pm)
 
Fri Dec 21st- American Canyon Pool (All Groups)
Seniors & Age Group 4-6pm
Tuffy, Sam, & Hilary’s Group 4:30-6pm
 
 
Mon Dec 24th  - No Practice - Happy Holidays!
Tues Dec 25th   - No Practice - Happy Holidays!
Wed Dec 26th   - No Practice - Happy Holidays!
 
Thurs Dec 27th    - Combined Practice (All Groups 6:00-7:30pm)
 
Fri Dec 28th   -  12 Days of Christmas Strip Off (All Groups 6:00-7:30pm)
Strip Off Rules  All swimmers will wear 12 articles of clothing to swim in (tank top, short sleeve shirt, sweat shirt, shorts, pants, 2 socks, 2 shoes, 2 gloves, hat/beanie). The Senior Group will be able to take one article of clothing off every 200 yards, Age Group will be able to take one article of clothing off every 150 yards, Sam, Hilary and Tuffy’s Group will be able to take one article of clothing off every 100 yards.  You keep swimming until every article of clothing has been taken off.   Parents bring your cameras; you will be getting some great pictures.
 
Mon Dec 31th  - No Practice - Happy New Years!
Tues Jan 1st    - No Practice - Happy New Years!
 
 
American Canyon - Phillip West Aquatics Center
Location:  100 Benton Way, American Canyon, CA 94503
 
 
Solano Community College  Pool
Location:  4000 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield CA 94534
Parking Instruction:
Daily parking permits are required and may be purchased at parking meters located in each student lot for $1/daily (4 quarters may be required). All swim team members must park in student lots and swimmers must be walked to and from the pool with parent supervision. The closest student lots are #5 and the East Lot near the soccer and softball fields. PARKING, STOPPING, DROP-OFF, AND PICK-UP IS NOT PERMITTED IN RED ZONES, FACULTY/STAFF, OR COSMETOLOGY LOTS. NO STOPPING ALLOWED IN THE RED ZONE TURNABOUT. Special permits are required in faculty lots 24 hours a day; including after hours, weekends, and holidays.
 
 
 
 
Christmas Party RSVP
Please RSVP by Tuesday Dec 18th for the Christmas Partyonline or by the paper form. RSVP paper forms should be turned into the Miguel File Folder.  We need to know how many are attending, so we can better plan for table set-up, the craft project & drinks. Don't forget to bring a white elephant item for the auction too!  The details are below:
VJO Annual CHRISTMAS PARTY & POTLUCK
Date: THURSDAY, Dec 20th 2012
 
Location: Wardlaw Elementary School - 1698 Oakwood Ave - Vallejo
 
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
 
White Elephant Auction:The White Elephant Auction is lead by Coach Tuffy as the auctioneer. For those who are new to the team the auction is a VJO tradition. Please bring a slightly used or new item that will be auctioned to the highest bidder. Most items go for less than $10 but with your generosity you may bid higher. The proceeds will go to a local charity.
 
Craft Project: There will also be a ginger bread decorating contest for all the kids!
 
Potluck Assignments:
Hillary's Group: Dessert   
Age Group: Main Dish  
Senior Group: Main Dish
Tuffy/Sam's Group by last name:                    
A - L Side Dish or Salad                                      
M - R Dessert                                                      
S - Y Main Dish 
 
Contact MaryLou Miguel - email lourad3@yahoo.com,if you can arrive at 5:30pm to help with set-up or with the craft project with the kids.

 

 
 
 
USA Swimming - PacSwim Registration Renewal Due!
Swimmers it is time to re-new your USA Swimming -  PacSwim membership. We need the payment in ASAP!  We have only received 3 checks so far.  The cost is $65 per swimmer.  All new swimmers that have join the team from Sept – Nov 2012 have already taken care of this payment, and have received their new 2013 card already.  Please turn in payment to VJO lock box in Shark Tank no later than Thurs December 13th.
 
***If your PacSwim Membership is not renewed, swimmers will not be eligible to swim in meets or at practice in January.***
 
 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Meets:
 
Tri MeetVJO / SASO / QUIK -  Sat January 19th (Cunningham Pool at 10:30-1:30pm)
This meet will be open to all swimmers on our team.  The meet will be starting around 10:30am and will last until around 1:30pm.  Swimmers will be allowed to swim 3 events.  Meet sheets and Entry Forms will be available in January.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Save the Date:
  • Dec 14-21   -  Cunningham  Pool Closed (Practice held at Am Cyn and Solano College)
  • Dec 20        -  Christmas Party (6-9pm at Wardlaw Elementary School, No Practice)
  • Dec 24-26   -  No Practice  (Happy Holidays!)
  • Dec 27        -  Combined Practice (All Groups 6-7:30pm
  • Dec 28        -  12 Days of Christmas Strip Off 6-7:30pm
  • Dec 31-Jan 1  -  No Practice (Happy New Year!)
  • Jan 19        -  Tri Meet ( Cunningham Pool at 10:30am)
  • Jan 26        -  Team Ice Skating
  • Jan 31        - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5:00-6:30pm)
  • Feb 16      -  Spaghetti Feed & Talent Show
  • Feb 18       -  No Practice  (Happy Presidents Day!)
  • Feb 22-24  -  VJO C/B/A Meet (Cunningham Pool)
  • Feb 25       -  No Practice (Day After Home Meet)
  • Feb 28       -  Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-6:30pm)
  • Mar 2         - Zone All Star Development Meet (Carson City, Nevada)
  • Mar  9-10   - QUIK C/B/A Meet (Rohnert Park, CA)
  • Mar 15-17  - Junior Olympic Championships (San Ramon, CA)
  • Mar 28       -  Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-6:30pm)
  • April 4-7     -  Far Western Championships (Morgan Hill, CA)
  • April 13      - Team Bowling (Stars Bowling, Vacaville)
  • April 19-21  - VJO C/B/A Meet  (Cunningham Pool)
  • April 22      -  No Practice (Day After Home Meet)
  • April 25      -  Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-7pm)
  • April 27-28 -  10 & Under Championships (Sunnyvale, CA)
  • May 18-19  - QUIK C/B/A Meet (Rohnert Park, CA)
  • May 30       - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-7pm)