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UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
SUMMER FRIDAY LONG COURSE MORNING PRACTICE - ALL GROUPS
We only have one long course morning practice left!  Join us this Friday for our last long course morning practice.  The afternoon practice on this day will either be cancelled due to the Ukiah Meet.
Friday July 15th 7-9am (No PM Practice)
 
 
 
NO AFTERNOON PRACTICE – Friday July 15th
Afternoon Practice is CANCELLED for all groups this Friday, July 15th due to the Ukiah Meet.
 
 
 
 
SWIM-A-THON UPDATE
Keep gathering Swim-A-Thon Donations! We are almost 50% to our team goal of $8,000. You still have over 2 weeks to keep bringing in donations. Remember the groups are also trying to win an Ice Cream Party.
Last day to Turn in Donations – Thursday July 28th
 
Ice Cream Party - This year we are awarding an Ice Cream Party to the Group that brings in the largest amount of donations. The Leopard Shark Group is in first place right now, with $1,325 in donations raised to far. Great work so far! Keep it up.
Leopard Sharks – $1,325
Mako Sharks – $896
Hammerheads 2 - $625
 
 
 
 
SHARK PRIDE DAY / BRING A FRIEND DAY
Thursday, July 28th is Shark Pride Day & Bring a Friend Day! On this day all swimmers are encouraged to bring a friend to practice with them. Please make sure all friends are water safe, because they will be joining most of our water activities for the day. All groups will be swimming together from 5:00-7:00pm. Everyone will be warming up together and working on skills together.  We will do fun games and relays at the end. 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.  
Parent Information Night & Social:
On this night from 5-6pm we will be having a parent information night and social in the bleaches. Come join us and let us answer any question you may have or if you don’t have any question come chat and hang out. See you there!
 
 
 
UPCOMING MEETS:
  
UKIAH DOLPHINS SHORT COURSE C/B/A + MEET
The Ukiah Short Course C/B/A+ is CLOSED for entries. The meet is this weekend July 15-17.  We will be camping as a team at the Bushay Camp Grounds. This will be a very fun meet with lots of fun events and fun relays. 
Meet Location: Ukiah High School Pool (1000 Low Gap Road Ukiah, CA 95482)
Time: Meet will begin at 5:00PM Friday with warm-up from 4:00 to 4:45pm. Meet will begin at 9:00am on Saturday and Sunday with warm-ups at 7:30am each day.
 
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 vehicles per campsite. Total of $50 per campsite for 2 nights stay (Friday July 15th & Saturday July 16th).Campsites could accommodate 2 families. If we have 2 families per campsite we can split the accommodations to $12.50 per family per night.  Bathrooms and showers are close by. Campsites are mostly shade.
 
How to Reserve your Campsite: 
VJO families interested in camping during the Ukiah Swim Meet, please contact Miriam Rivera at minirivera@aol.com or call or text after 4:30pm (707) 315-2672. We have the following campsites reserved: B64, B65, B66, B67, B68, B69, B70, & B73. These campsites are closer to the grassy play area and lake access.
 
 
 
2016 FAR WESTERN CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2016 Far Western Championships Meet will be held July 27-31 in Concord. This is a qualifying meet. All swimmers must have achieved a FW time to be able to qualify.
To Enter: We will be using USA Swimming’s OME System to enter as a team. Please see coach Jennifer so she can get you entered.
Entry Deadline – Monday, July 18th 
 
 
 
REAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Our End of the Summers REAL Championships Meet will be held Aug 12-14 in Ukiah. This is the most fun and exciting meet of the year!  The theme this year is “Olympics”. This is a team scored Championship Meet and we are going for points, so we need ALL SWIMMERS attending.
 
Entries – Entry Forms will be available this coming Monday. This will be a team entry meet, so paper entries will need to be turned in at the pool.
Hotel – Hampton Inn Ukiah
We have 15 hotel rooms reserved at the Hampton Inn Ukiah for a discounted rate or $149/night. Rooms are reserved for both Friday and Saturday night (8/12 &8/13). To reserve your room, call and tell them you are with Vallejo Aquatic Club.
1160 Airport Park Blvd, Ukiah, CA 95482
Spirit Week (Mon Aug 8th – Thurs Aug 11th):
To get ready for REAL’s we will be having a Spirit Week the 4 days prior. This will include combined practice times and fun Olympic themed team building activities.
Combined Practice Times:
4-5:30pm – 11 & Overs
5:30-7:00pm – 10 & Unders
Costume Contest & Olympic Theme
This year the theme of the meet will be “Olympics”. We encourage everyone to dress up so we can win the Spirit Award at the meet again this year. Since the Olympics will be held in Rio, we are encouraging everyone to dress in a Rio de Janeiro Carnival Style (lots of feathers, colors and animals)
 
 
 
UPCOMING DATES: 
 
JULY
July 4                  - Vallejo 4th of July Parade (No Afternoon Practice)
July 7-10            - Junior Olympic Champs (Qualifying Meet, Moraga, CA)
July 12                - Team Picture Day (4pm Individuals, 5:30 Team Picture in Black 60th Shirt)
July 16-17          - Ukiah Dolphins C/B/A Meet (Team Meet & Camping, Ukiah, CA)*** ENTRIES OPEN***
July 21-24          - Speedo Sectionals (SR Qualifying Meet, Roseville, CA)
July 28                - Shark Pride Day /Bring A Friend Day (All Groups 5-7pm)
July 28                - Last day to turn in Swim-A-Thon Donations
July 27-31          - Far Western Championships (Qualifying Meet, Concord, CA)
 
AUGUST
Aug 4-7             - Futures Championships (SR Qualifying Meet, Stanford, CA)
Aug 8-12           - Speedo Junior National Championships (SR Qualifying Meet, Minneapolis, MN)
Aug 8-11           - Spirit Week (Combined Practice)
4-5:30pm – 11 & Overs
5:30-7:00pm – 10 & Unders
Aug 12-14         - REAL Championships (ALL TEAM MEET, Ukiah, CA)
Aug 15 -28        - Team Break (2 weeks)