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Weekly Mailer
Dear Swimmers and Parents,
 
 
2014 Spring Junior Olympic Championships Recap
Congratulations to our 2014 Spring Junior Olympic Championship qualifiers!  This year VJO had 11 swimmers attending Junior Olympics Championships held in Concord, CA on March 14th-16th.  These swimmers included: Mikaela Gomez (10), Maya Hunter (10), Ethan Rosario (10), Elina Rosario (14), Bobby Hilton (13), Nick Bennett (14), Alyssa Powell (15), Mirelle Augst (15), Sota Kanzan (15), Brandon Miguel (17), and Daniel Sanderson (18).   Great job swimmers and thank you for representing Vallejo Aquatic Club.
 
New Time Standards Achieved:
Mirelle Augst (16) also achieved two new Far Western qualifying times, 50 Free (25.59) and 200 Back (2:14.98). Mirelle will now be attending Far Western Championships in San Jose, CA on April 3-6.
 
 
 
 
VJO Team Record Broken Again!
At the 2014 Spring Junior Olympic Championships on March 15th Mirelle Augst (16) broke her own 15-16 200 Backstroke Record with a 2:14.98.  Congratulation Mirelle!
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
Shark Pride Day / Last Hot Chocolate Night – Thurs March 27th 5-6:30pm
This Thursday March 27th is Shark Pride Day!  All groups will be swimming together from 5:00-6:30pm.  The last Thursday of every month is Shark Pride Day. On this day, all VJO swimmers are encouraged to wear their turquoise 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, work on skills together, and playing games together.  This will be a team building day with a great opportunity to get to know swimmers in other groups. Unfortunately, this will also be our last Hot Chocolate Night for the Winter.  Hot Chocolate Night will start up again next Fall.
 
 
 
 
VJO Spaghetti Feed, Talent Show, & Dessert Contest
VJO is having our annual Spaghetti Feed, Dessert Contest & Talent Show on Saturday March  29th from 5-9pm at the SPSV High School Cafeteria.  The cost is $5.00 per person.  RSVP’s and payments were due 3/15/14.  
Talent Show & Dessert Contest:  There is still time to sign up!  Swimmers do you sing, dance, play an instrument or have special talent?  We would love you to share your performance!  Do you have a dessert that would wow our judges?  Enter the contest and share your treats. Swimmers, sign-up at the pool for the talent show and/or dessert contest.
 
Date:  Saturday March 29, 2014
Place:  SPSV High Cafeteria - 1500 Benicia Road, Vallejo
Time:  5:00 - 9:00 pm
Cost:  $5.00 per person
Questions: Contact Marylou at lourad3@yahoo.com or text only 707-373-8771.
 
 
 
 
Items Needed for VJO Silent Auction – April 26th 
We are excited to announce that Vallejo Aquatic Club will host a Silent Auction at our upcoming home meet in April. As in the past we are expecting this event to be a very successful fundraiser for our team.  We are asking each VJO family to donate one or more items.  All donations may be placed in the large “Silent Auction Donations” marked container in the shark tank. Please put your donations in one of the bags that will be available. If you wish to receive a tax deductible receipt, please place a not with your name, address, phone number, description of the item, and the value of the item in the bag. On line is a list/sign up sheet of the needed auction items. The list/sign up sheet will also be available at the pool. We are planning on having both gift baskets and single items available.
We are also in need of 5 volunteers who are willing to take procurement letters to local venders, make a contact, and follow up afterwards to secure donations.
Sarah Chavez (srchavez22@gmail.com ) and Julie Everett (jeverett2@juno.com ) are Co-Chairing the event and would sincerely appreciate any and all offered help. If you have any questions please contact either Julie or Sarah via email.
 
 
 
Long Course Practice Before our April VJO Meet
The VJO Coaching Staff is working to create a couple Long Course practice opportunities before our upcoming VJO Long Course Meet on April 25-27th.   These dates have not been finalized yet, but we wanted to give you a heads up.
  • Sat April 5th  7-9am (not finalized yet)
  • Sunday April 13th 7-9am (not finalized yet)
  • Friday April 18th 3:30-7:30pm (not finalized yet)
 
 
 
General Membership Meeting  - Tues April 8th from 6-7:30pm
The Spring VJO General Membership Meeting (Parent Meeting) will be held on Tuesday April 8th from 6:00 – 7:30pm in the Portable Buildings next to the pool.   Meeting details with important topics and voting will be available soon.
 
 
 
 
UPOMING MEETS:
 
Far Western Championships (April 3-6, Morgan Hill, CA)
The 2014 Far Western Championships is closed for online for entries.  The meet will be held at the Morgan Hill Aquatics Complex.  Swimmers must have qualifying FW times to be eligible for this meet. 
Location: Morgan Hill Aquatic Center, 16200 Condit Road, Morgan Hill, CA
Time: Prelims: Each session will begin at 9:00 AM each day. The competition course will be open for warm-ups from  7:00-8:45 AM.  Finals: This session will begin no earlier than 1 hour after the conclusion of the preliminary session. The exact  time will be determined by the Meet Referee and Meet Director. This time will be announced as early as practical
 each day.
Entry Deadline: 11:59 pm, Wednesday, March 19, 2014
 
 
 
 
 
VJO Long Course C/B/A+ Meet    - April 25th - 27th 
Our VJO Long Course C/B/A+ Meet is now open online for entries!  Our Long Course Meet will be held on April 25th, 26th, and 27th at the Cunningham Pool.  Please sign up ASAP as the meet will fill before the deadline.  This is a team hosted meet and all swimmers are expected to attend.  We also need all parents on deck to help put on the meet. The Job Sign-up's tab can be found on our web site (www.vallejoaquatics.org) on the "VJO Long Course C/B/A+ Meet " events page.
TIME: Friday’s session will begin at 5:00 p.m., with warm-ups from 3:30-4:45 p.m. Saturday & Sunday sessions will begin at 9:00 a.m. each day, with warm-ups from 7:30-8:40 a.m. Shallow dive starts in competition pool from 08:40 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. under the direction of a referee and starter. Warm-up lanes will be open during supervised starts. 
 
 
 
 
MARCH SWIMMERS OF THE MONTH
The following swimmers did an outstanding job last month and have been awarded swimmer of the month for February.  These swimmers are also awarded with a Swimmer of the Month cap.
Novice 1: Monica/Will’s Group: Isabella & Francesca Fogli
Novice 1: Sam’s 6:30 Group:  Marley Fitzgerald
Novice 2: Sam’s 5:30 Group: Abby Sapida
Novice 2: Hillary’s Group: Alexander Lipari
Age Group: Ashlynn Smith
Senior Group: Mirelle Augst
 
 
 
 
 
2013 SPRING MEET DATES:
March
March 27      - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5:00-6:30pm)
March 29      - Spaghetti Feed (5-9pm St Patrick’s HS)
 
April
April 3-6        - Far Western Championships (FW Qualifiers, Morgan Hill, CA)
April 8            - VJO General Membership Meeting (6-7:30pm, Portable Building)
April 12         - Team Bowling & Lazar Tag (Stars Bowling, Vacaville) *CANCELLED*
April 24          - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-7pm)
April 25-27   - VJO Long Course C/B/A+ Meet (Team Meet, Cunningham Pool)
April 28         - No Practice (Meet recovery Day)
 
May
May 15-17     - Sac-Joaquin Section Championships (Tokay HS, Lodi)
May 16-17    - North Coast Section HS Championships (Location TBA)
May 17-18    - Piranha Swimming C/B/A+ Meet (Team Meet, Rohnert Park)
May 24-26    - Senior Training Camp (Napa, CA)
May 26          - No Practice (Memorial Day)
May 29          - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5:00-7:00pm)
May 30-31   -  SASO Long Course Dual Meet (Solano College)