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Weekly Mailer
Dear VJO Swimmers and Parents,
 
 
Speedo Sectional Championships Re-cap
Over the weekend we had a women’s 400 medley relay qualify and swim at the 2013 Speedo Sectional Championships in Santa Clarita, CA. Our VJO relay team consisted of Mirelle Augst (15) swimming back, Elina Rosario (13) swimming breast, Alyssa Powell (14) swimming fly, andKelley Henderson (18) swimming free This was the first time for all four of these ladies qualifying and swimminf at Sectional Championships. Our girls swam against many teams in and out of our state.  We were even competing against many college teams (Cal Poly, San Diego State, University of Utah, University of the Pacific, and University of San Diego.  Our VJO ladies swam well and finished with a 4:49.03 LCM… moving up 9 places.  Great job ladies and congratulations!
 
 
 
Swim-A-Thon Up-Date
As of today we have raised $8,523 for our Swim-A-Thon.  Remember our team goal is to raise $15,000...  we’ve still got a ways to go. You can collect donations all the way up to this Thursday, July 25th
 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events:
 
Team Picture Day – Thurs July 25th 4-6pm
Our Team Picture Day is this Thursday July 25th.Individual and group pictures will be taken from 4:00-5:30pm and the team picture will be at 5:30pm. Make sure to bring your turquoise team shirt for the team picture.  Individual pictures can be taken in your team suit. Picture packets have been placed in you file folders today. Swimmers make sure you bring your suits for after, because we will be getting in the water for Shark Pride Day (6-7pm) afterwards. 
 
 
Last Day for Swim-A-Thon Donations Thurs July 25th
All Swim-A-Thon donations are due this Thirsday, July 25th. Make sure you have your envelopes clearly marked with swimmers FIRST/LAST name. Also include a PHONE NUMBER in case we have questions. Place envelpoes in the Bogard file folder or the black team lock box. All donations are due by: JULY 25th.   Swim-A-Thon Questions?  Call Cyndee Bogard @ 510-407-5282 or email: bcreativedesigns@gmail.com
 
 
 
Shark Pride Day - Thurs July 25th 6-7pm
This Thursday July 25th is Shark Pride Day!  All groups will be swimming after team pictures from 6-7pm.   The last Thursday of every month is Shark Pride Day. On this day, all VJO swimmers are encouraged to wear their team shirts to school and around town.  Show off your Shark spirit!  We want to encourage team unity by having the entire swim team practice together.  The team will be warming up and playing games together.  This will be a team building day with a great opportunity to get to know swimmers in other groups. 
 
 
No Practice -  Friday July 26th
There is no practice this Friday July 26th, all coaches and swimmers will be attending the Ukiah Meet.
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Meets:
 
Ukiah Dolphins C/B/A Meet  (July 26-28) 
This will be our team meet for the month of July.   *** Camp sites are still available a Bushay Recreation Area***.  Meet Info: http://ome.swimconnection.com/pc/UD20130726
 
TIME:Meet begins at 4 p.m on Friday (warm-ups from 3:00-3:45pm).  Saturday and Sunday meet begins at 9am (warm-up from 7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.).  Please be ready to get in at the start of warm-ups.
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Camping:  Get your sleeping bags and marshmallows ready!  We will be camping at Bushay Recreation Area Campgrounds at Lake Mendocino.  The price is $25 per night with a maximum of 8 people plus 2 vehicle per campsite. Total of $50 per campsite for 2 nights stay (Friday July 26th & Saturday July 27th).Campsites could accommodate 2 families. If we have 2 families per campsite we can split the accommodations to $12.50 per family per night.
 
How to Reserve your Campsite: Any VJO families interested in camping during the Ukiah Swim Meet please contact Marylou Miguel at lourad3@yahoo.com or by text only (707) 373- 8771.  To make your campsite reservations call 1-877 444-6777 or go to the website http://www.recreation.gov/, then choose Bushay Recreation Area Campground. Our families would like to stay close together. Please try to reserve the other campsites near by B83, B51, B53, B55, B79, B80, B69, B70, B71, B72, B73, B77, B78, B81, B82 (these are were our VJO families are currently staying. These campsites are closer to the grassy play area and lake access.
 
 
 
 
2013 Far Western Championships (July 31 - Aug 4)
Swimmers must have achieved the Far Western time standard to enter this meet. The 2013 LC Summer Far Western Championships on August 1-5 will be held at the Frank Fiscalini International Swim Center at Independence High School, 627 North Jackson Avenue, San Jose, CA 95133. The meet is opened online for entries. 
Entry Deadline:Wednesday, July 24, 2013
*** There was a discrepancy on the meet sheet off of the PacSwim website.The men’s 800 free will be swum on Saturday and the women’s’ 400 free will be swum on Sunday.***
 
 
Zone 3 Championships (Aug 9-11)
***Zone 3 Championships is now open for entries online***.  This is our last meet of the summer season and everyone is expected to attend.  The meet will be held at our Vallejo Pool, so no commuting necessary. Relays will be swum on both Saturday and Sunday. All VJO swimmers should plan on being in relays unless informed otherwise by your coach.  Meet sheets have been placed up your file folder.  You can sign up online or mail in your entries.  Please talk to your coach regarding events.
Entry Deadline: Wednesday, July 31, 2013
 
 
 
 
Save the Date:
·        July 25          - Team Picture Day (4-6pm)
·        July 25          - Shark Pride Day 6-7pm (After Team Picture)
·        July 25          - Deadline for Swim-A-Thon Donations
·        July 26          - No Practice (at Ukiah Meet)  
·        July 26-28    - Ukiah Dolphins Meet (Ukiah, CA)
·        July 31-Aug 4– Long Course Far Western Championships (San Jose, CA)
 
·        Aug 7-10      - Western Zones (Roseville, CA)
·        Aug 8-10      - North American Challenge Cup (Federal Way, WA)
·         Aug 9-11      - Zone 3 Championships (Vallejo, CA)
·        Aug 12-25    - Team Break (No Practice - 2 weeks)
·        Aug 26          - First Day of Fall Practice
·        Aug 29          - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-7pm)
 
·        Sept 2          - No Practice (Labor Day)
·        Sept 14        - 2013 VJO Awards Banquet
·        Sept 26        - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-7pm)
·         Sept 27-29   - VJO Short Course C/B/A Meet
·        Sept 30        - No Practice (Meet Recovery Day)