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UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
Coaches Rotation – Wednesday, December 16th
Today, Wednesday, December 16th our VJO coaches will be doing a rotation and coaching a different group. This will be a great opportunity for swimmers to get feedback from a different coach and get to know our other coaches and their expectations. All groups will practice at their regular times on this day. Coach Jennifer will be coaching Leopard Sharks and Mako Sharks, Coach Monica will be coaching Hammerheads 1 &2, and Coach Laurie will be coaching Age Group.
 
 
 
Shark Pride Day – Thursday, Dec 17th
This Thursday, December 17th is Shark Pride Day! All groups will be swimming together from 5:00-6:30 pm. The team will be warming up together and working on skills and games together. 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.  This will be a team building day with a great opportunity to get to know swimmers in other groups. 
Don’t forget it’s also Hot Chocolate Night!
 
 
 
COMBINED PRACTICE 5:30-6:45pm - Friday December 18th
On Friday, December 18th we will ONLY be offering one practice from 5:30-6:45pm. Come join Coach Monica for a “Silent Night of Swimming”. Swimmers from all groups are invited to attend this workout.  Coach Monica will have separate workouts printed for each group.
 
 
 
 
VJO Winter Training Camp (Dec 21-Dec 31)
Mon Dec 21
  • 8-10am (All Groups)
  • 4-6pm – SR & AG
  • 6-7:15 – HH1, HH2, LS, MS
Tues Dec 22
  • 8-10am (All Groups)
  • 4-6pm – SR & AG
  • 6-7:15 – HH1, HH2, LS, MS
Wed Dec 23
  • 8-10am (All Groups)
  • 4-6pm – SR & AG
  • 6-7:15 – HH1, HH2, LS, MS
Thurs Dec 24
  • 8-10am (12 Articles of Clothing Swim)
Mon Dec 28
  • 8-10am (All Groups)
  • 4-6pm – SR & AG
  • 6-7:15 – HH1, HH2, LS, MS
Tues Dec 29
  • 8-10am (All Groups)
  • 4-6pm – SR & AG
  • 6-7:15 – HH1, HH2, LS, MS
Wed Dec 30
  • 8-10am (All Groups)
  • 4-6pm – SR & AG
  • 6-7:15 – HH1, HH2, LS, MS
Thurs Dec 31
  • 8-10am (New Year’s Eve Challenge Set)
 
 
"12 Articles of Clothing Swim”  - Thursday December 24th 8-10am       
Have you ever swam fully clothed? On this special practice all swimmers will wear 12 articles of clothing in the water and will be taking off one article of clothing after each distance completed. All Senior and Age Groupers will need to complete 200 years before taking off each article of clothing. Leopard and Mako Sharks will need to complete 150 yards and Hammerheads 1&2 Groups will need to complete 100 yard before taking off each article. All groups will need to do this a total of 13 times.
Clothing Needed for this Swim: 
hat(1), gloves(2), tank top(1), T-shirt(1), sweatshirt(1),  shorts(1),  pants(1), socks(2), shoes(2). 
 
 
 
 
 
NO PRACTICE – Friday, December 25th (Merry Christmas!)
NO PRACTICE – Friday, January 1st  (Happy New Year!)
 
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING MEETS:
  
Zone 3 Winter Championships (Jan 16-17) 
The Zone 3 winter Championships Meet on Jan 16-17 2016 is OPEN FOR ENTRIES online.  Please get signed up ASAP. The meet will be held at Vintage High School in Napa this year.  This is our team Championships meet for the Winter, so we need everyone that is qualified to attend. The qualifying time this year is a little bit slower than the "BB" time standard. Please see the attached file for qualifying times. This will be a very fun and exciting meet. It will be a team scored meet, so we are going for points. There will be relays at this meet, so if you are entered please plan on your child swimming in relays. 
Entry Deadline: Wednesday, Jan 6th 2016 (this meet will NOT fill prior to the deadline date)
Start Time: This meet will have a later start time of 10am. Please arrive at 8:15am on Saturday and Sunday to check in and warm-up.
2016 Zone 3 Champs Time Standard:  
Questions: If you questions on what events your child should swim, please talk to your child's coach directly. The coaches would like all swimmers entering to swim their BEST events.
 
 
 
 

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:   Dora Clement
Hammerheads 2:   Nayeli Espinosa
Leopard Sharks:  Trinity Rivera
Mako Sharks:   Makala Lopez
Age Group:  Anna Frances Reyes
Senior Group:  Zoe Crowder
 
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING DATES: 
DECEMBER
Dec 16       - Coaches Rotation
Dec 17       - Shark Pride Day (5-6:30pm)
Dec 18       - Combined Team Practice (All Groups, 5:30-6:45pm)
Dec 18-21  – 2015 Speedo Sectional Championships (SR Qualifiers, East Los Angeles College)
Dec 21-Jan 1 - Winter Training Camp
Mon Dec 21
8-10am (All Groups)
4-6pm – SR & AG
6-7:15 – HH1, HH2, LS, MS
Tues Dec 22
8-10am (All Groups)
4-6pm – SR & AG
6-7:15 – HH1, HH2, LS, MS
Wed Dec 23
8-10am (All Groups)
4-6pm – SR & AG
6-7:15 – HH1, HH2, LS, MS
Thurs Dec 24
8-10am ONLY (12 Articles of clothing swim, all groups invited)
Mon Dec 28
8-10am (All Groups)
4-6pm – SR & AG
6-7:15 – HH1, HH2, LS, MS
Tues Dec 29
8-10am (All Groups)
4-6pm – SR & AG
6-7:15 – HH1, HH2, LS, MS
Wed Dec 30
8-10am (All Groups)
4-6pm – SR & AG
6-7:15 – HH1, HH2, LS, MS
Thurs Dec 31
8-10am ONLY (New Year’s Eve Challenge Set, all groups invited)
 
JANUARY
Jan 7-9             - Nor Cal Coaches Clinic (VJO Coaches, Napa, CA)
Jan 16-17        -  Zone 3 Winter Championships (Qualifying Meet, Vintage High School, Napa)
Jan 18             - NO PRACTICE (MLK Holiday)
Jan 23              - VJO Holiday Party (date and location TBA)
Jan 28              - Shark Pride Day (5:00-6:30pm, All Groups)
 
FEBRUARY
Feb 11-15        -  Arizona Lost Dutchman Meet (Senior/Age Group, Chandler, AZ)
Feb 25             -  Shark Pride Day (5:00-6:30pm, All Groups)
Feb 26-28        -  VJO C/B/A+ Meet (All Groups, Cunningham Pool) 
Feb 29             -  NO PRACTICE (Meet Recovery Day)
 
MARCH
Mar 5-6             - Napa Valley Swim Team C/B/A+ Meet (All Groups, Napa Valley College)
Mar 11-13         - Junior Olympic Championships (Qualifying Meet, San Ramon)
Mar 31- April 3  - Far Western Championships (Qualifying Meet, Pleasanton)
 
MAY
May 20-22          - VJO C/B/A+ Meet (Cunningham Pool)