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Dear Swimmers and Parents,
 
New Far Western Time Achieved at Junior Olympic Champs
On Dec 5-7 Gabriel Cueva (9), Mikaela Gomez (10), Nathan Jellison (12), and Anna Frances Reyes (10) attended the 2014 14 & Under Junior Olympic Championships in Morgan Hill.  Our four swimmers did great and continue to grow as competitive swimmers.  Mikaela Gomez (10) achieved her first time ever Far Western qualifying time in the 50 back with a 34.16. Congratulations swimmers, thank you for representing Vallejo Aquatic Club.
 
 
12 VJO Team Records Broken!
On Dec 5-7 at 2014 Senior Championships our VJO swimmers broke a total of 12 team records over the course of three days!  This has to be the most VJO team records ever broken on a single weekend!  Many of these team records were broken in the morning during prelims and then re-broken again at night during finals.  Congratulation Alyssa Powell, Dylan Powell and Elina Rosario for achieving new VJO team records.
New VJO Team Records Broken on Dec 5-7 2014
Alyssa Powell 15-16 Girls 100 back 1:02.24
Alyssa Powell 15-16 Girls 400 IM 4:47.19
Alyssa Powell 15-16 Girls 100 Fly 58.89 (Finals)
Alyssa Powell 15-16 Girls 100 Fly 58.93(Prelims)
Alyssa Powell 15-16 Girls 200 Fly 2:12.01
 
Dylan Powell 17 & Over Boys 200 Fly 1:57.79 (Prelims)
Dylan Powell 17 & Over Boys 200 Fly 1:57.09 (Finals)
 
Elina Rosario 15-16 Girls 100 Breast 1:07.53 (Prelims)
Elina Rosario 15-16 Girls 100 Breast 1:06.23 (Finals)
Elina Rosario 15-16 Girls 200 Breast 2:25.63 (Prelims)
Elina Rosario 15-16 Girls 200 Breast 2:25.53 (Finals)
Elina Rosario 15-16 Girls 400 IM 4:52.72
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
Age Group & Senior Practice Thurs Dec 18th & Fri Dec 19th
The Age Group and Senior Group will both be practicing from 3:30-5:30pm on both Thursday Dec 18th and Friday Dec 19th.  Coach Jennifer will be out of town, so Coach Monica will be coaching both of here groups from 3:30-5:30pm.  If you are not able to get to the pool this early you are welcome to swim later with Coach Hillary’s group from 6:30-7:30pm.  Thank you for the understanding!
 
 
 
 
NO PRACTICE Dec 22nd – Dec 26th
There will be no swim practice Dec 22nd – Dec 26th.  VJO will be taking the week off.  Practice will resume again on Monday Dec 29th.  Have a great Holiday!  
 
 
 
VJO New Year’s Week Practice Schedule 12/29-1/1
  • Monday Dec 29th
    • 7-9 am – Age & Sr Group
    • 4-6 pm – Age & Sr Group
    • 6-7:15pm H1, H2, Leopard, & Mako Groups
    • 7:15-8:15pm – Masters
  • Tuesday Dec 30st
    • 7-9 am – Age & Sr Group
    • 4-6 pm – Age & Sr Group
    • 6-7:15pm H1, H2, Leopard, & Mako Groups
  • Wednesday Dec 31th
    • 7-9am – All Groups (12 Articles of Clothing Strip Down)
    • PM – No Practice
  • Thursday Jan 1st
    • 3-6pm – New Year Challenge: 100x100’s or as many as you can… (All Groups & Masters Invited)
  • Friday Jan 2nd
    • 7-9 am – Age & Sr Group
    • 4-6 pm – Age & Sr Group
    • 6-7:15pm H1, H2, Leopard, & Mako Group
 
 
 
VJO Movie Presentation of "Touch the Wall"
We are excited to announce VJO has special screening of the movie "Touch the Wall" set up at the Century 14 Vallejo Movie Theaters on Thursday, January 8th 2015.  We will only be able to host the movie if we have 100 tickets sold!  You have to reserve your tickets by Dec 30th.  Click the link below to buy your tickets today.
Date: Thursday, January 8th 2015
Time: 5:30-7:15pm
Place: Century 14 Vallejo Theater 
Tickets: $12/person
DEADLINE TO RESERVE TICKETS -_ DEC 30th
About the Movie: "Touch the Wall" is about Swimming Phenom and Olympic Gold Medalist Missy Franklin and how she was destined for greatness at an early age, but it wasn’t until the arrival of Veteran Kara Lynn Joyce that those sky-high expectations began to take shape. As training partners, competitors, and friends, Missy and Kara redefine what it means to win. Click here to watch the movie trailer.  Order Tickets Here:  https://www.tugg.com/events/12619  
 We hope everyone can join us in this great opportunity!
 
 
 
VJO Polar Bear Club is BACK
In an effort to encourage VJO team members to practice during the Winter Months, we are bringing back the Polar Bear Club. The Polar Bear Club will start Dec 1st and run through the end of February. The VJO coaching staff will track daily practice attendance and award participation based on swimmers attendance to practice and events. VJO will provide prizes for those meeting qualifying levels.
 
Although we encourage all team members to attend as many practices as possible, each practice group will have attendance requirements on a sliding scale to reflect the weekly expectations of each group.  Prizes and qualifying levels will be released soon!
  • Prize Qualifying Levels:
    • Prize Level 1 – Polar Bear Club Bumper Sticker
      • Attend practice in Dec, Jan & Feb
    • Prize Level 2 - Polar Bear Club Bumper Sticker & Bini Baby
      • Meet following attendance requirements for each group for Dec-Feb:
        • Hammerheads 1&2 - 50%
        • Leopard & Mako Sharks - 70%
        • Age Group – 80%
        • Senior -90%
    • Prize Level 3 – Polar Bear Club Bumper Sticker, Bini Baby, & T-Shirt
      • Meet following attendance requirements for each group for Dec-Feb:
        • Hammerheads 1&2 - 70%
        • Leopard & Mako Sharks - 80%
        • Age Group – 85%
        • Senior -95%
    • Meets, Events, and Saturday Practices will be given as extra credit attendance days.
 
 
 
 
STILL MISSING 2015 PACIFIC SWIM RENEWAL CHECKS
If your swimmer has not yet turn in his/her 2015 Pac Swim Registration please do so IMMEDIATELY!  Diane Powell has already sent in our team, coaches, officials, and swimmers registration info and checks. Swimmers that have not renewed their 2015 Pac Swim Registration will not be allowed to compete or practice as of January 1st 2015.  Please make sure you get yours turned in ASAP! Please place completed form and check in the Membership Folder (Powell) in the cart on deck.
   AMOUNT:  $73.00 (for each Swimmer)
Due:  November 2nd 2014 (Past Due Now)
Late Registration: Late Reg. Swimmers will now need to fill out the 2015 Pac Swim Registration Form
Make Checks Payable to:Pacific Swimming”
QUESTIONS: If you have any questions please call Diane Powell at 707-342-1199. Your 2015 card will arrive soon and be placed in your family file folder.
 
 
 
 
Rubio’s Dine N Donate – Save the Date
Thursday, January 15th (2-9pm)
Our VJO Arizona Swimmers present a Dine N Donate Fundraiser at Rubio’s on Thursday, January 15th from 2-9pm. Join us on Thursday and enjoy delicious fish tacos, burritos, and more.  Present this flyer when you dine in, take food to go, pick up a catering order, and Robio’s will donate 20% of the receipt to Vallejo Aquatic Club.
 
 
 
VJO Crab Feed Fundraiser – Save the Date!
Saturday March 7th, 2015
Vallejo Aquatic Club is hosting our first crab feed on Saturday March 7th 2015! Please join us for the fun!  There will be Crab, Tri-Tip, Salad, Live DJ, Dancing, Silent Auction, Dessert Table, and Open bar as well!  21+ and over please.
Tickets are $40 per person in advance, $50 at the door. We will be hosting the crab feed with Knights of Columbus (KoC).
** Email Mark Eggan at president@vallejoaquatics.org or call/text 707.853.8521 directly for tickets ** 
Location: The Clock Tower
                 1189 Washington Street
                 Benicia, CA 94510
 
 
 
 
UPOMING MEETS:
 
2015 Zone 3 Winter Championships (Santa Rosa Junior College)
The 2015 Zone 3 Winter Championships will be up online open for entries soon.  We will send out a team email to let you know when the meet has opened for entries.
 
 
 
 
 
DECEMBER SWIMMERS OF THE MONTH
The following swimmers did an outstanding job last month and have been awarded swimmer of the month for December.  These swimmers are also awarded with a Swimmer of the Month cap.
Hammerheads 1:  Ashley Abarca 
Hammerheads 2:  Ahewa Manna
Leopard Sharks:  AJ Caberto
Mako Sharks:  Aidan Ramblas
Age Group:  Gabby Bon Borquez
Senior Group:  Alyssa Powell
 
 
 
2014 FALL MEET DATES:
December
Dec 1              - VJO Polar Bear Club Starts (Dec, Jan, & Feb)
Dec 5-7           - Senior II Short Course Championships (Sen Qual Time, Walnut Creek, CA)
Dec 5-7           - Junior Olympic Championships (JO Qualifiers, Morgan Hill, CA)
Dec 13             - Annual VJO Holiday Party & Potluck (SPSV Cafeteria, 5-9pm)
Dec 14            - “Last Chance Tri Meet” (Last Chance Qualifying Meet before Zone 3,San Rafael)
Dec  22-26      -  Winter Break  (No Practice)
Dec 29- Jan 2  - Combined Practices
  • Monday Dec 29th
    • 7-9 am – Age & Sr Group
    • 4-6 pm – Age & Sr Group
    • 6-7:15pm H1, H2, Leopard, & Mako Groups
    • 7:15-8:15pm – Masters
  • Tuesday Dec 30st
    • 7-9 am – Age & Sr Group
    • 4-6 pm – Age & Sr Group
    • 6-7:15pm H1, H2, Leopard, & Mako Groups
  • Wednesday Dec 31th
    • 7-9am – All Groups (12 Articles of Clothing Strip Down)
    • PM – No Practice
  • Thursday Jan 1st
    • 3-6pm – New Year Challenge: 100x100’s or as many as you can… (All Groups & Masters Invited)
  • Friday Jan 2nd
    • 7-9 am – Age & Sr Group
    • 4-6 pm – Age & Sr Group
    • 6-7:15pm H1, H2, Leopard, & Mako Group
 January
Jan 8                - VJO Presents “Touch the Wall”  (5:30-7:15pm, Vallejo Century 14 Theater)
Jan 10              - Applebee’s Flapjack Breakfast Fundraiser (8-10 am Hosted by swimmers going to Arizona)
Jan 15              - Rubio’s Dine N Donate (2-9pm)
Jan 17-18         - Zone 3 Championships (“BB” Qualifying Time Needed, Santa Rosa JC)
Jan 19              - NO PRACTICE (MLK Holiday/ Meet Recovery Day)
 
February
Feb 6-8             - VJO C/B/A + Meet (Cunningham Pool)
Feb 9                - NO PRACTICE (Meet Recovery Day)
Feb 12-17         - Arizona Travel Meet “The Lost Dutchman” (Sr/AG Group, Chandler, Arizona)
Feb 16              - NO PRACTICE (Presidents Day)
Feb 28-Mar 1   - Zone All Star Meet (Location TBA)
 
March
Mar 7                - VJO Crab Feed (The Clock Tower, Benicia)
Mar 7-8            - Napa Valley Swim Team C/B/A+ Meet (Vintage HS, CA)
Mar 20-22        - Junior Olympic Championships (Concord/San Ramon, CA)
 
April
April 9-12        - Speedo Far Western Championships (Morgan Hill, Ca)
 
May
May 1-3           - VJO C/B/A+ Meet (Cunningham Pool)