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Good Luck at Junior Olympic Championships!
We have 3 Junior Olympic qualifiers attending the 14 & Under Junior Olympic Championships this weekend on Dec 2-4 in Morgan Hill, CA. Good luck Gabriel Cueva (11), Mikaela Gomez (12), and Trinity Rivera (11). SWIM FAST!
 
 
Good Luck at Senior II Champs!
On December 3-4 VJO will have 6 swimmers qualified and attending the 2016 Senior II Championships at Northgate HS in Walnut Creek. Good luck Maya Hunter (14), Nathan Jellison (14), Eliana Matteo (14), Sam Man (16), Sota Kanzan (18), and Alyssa Powell (17). Go SHARKS!
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
NO PRACTICE – Friday, December 2nd (Coaches will be away at meets)
The Senior Group will be swimming on this day from 4-5:30pm
 
 
 
COMBINED AGE GROUP & SENIOR GROUP PRACTICE – DEC 7-9
Next week on Dec 7-9 the Senior and Age Group Practice will be combined from 3:30-5:30pm. Coach Jennifer will be gone at Nationals during this time. Coach Maureen will be coaching the AG & SR on Wednesday 12/7 and Coach Laurie will be coaching the AG & SR on Thurs and Friday.
 
 
 
WINTER TRAINING SCHEDULE (Dec 22nd- Jan 6th)
Thurs Dec 22nd - No Practice
Friday Dec 23rd - No Practice
Mon Dec 26th
3:30-6:00pm - SR & AG Practice
6-7:15pm  - H1, H2, LS & MS
Tues Dec 27th
8-10am & 3:30-6:00pm - SR & AG Practice
6-7:15pm  - H1, H2, LS & MS
Wed Dec 28th
3:30-6:00pm - SR & AG Practice
6-7:15pm  - H1, H2, LS & MS
Thurs Dec 29th
8-10am (at SASO) & 3:30-6:00pm - SR & AG Practice
6-7:15pm  - H1, H2, LS & MS
Fri Dec 30th - No Practice
Sun Jan 1st - New Years Challenge (1pm -3:30pm,  10x 1,000 on 15min)
 
Mon Jan 2nd
3:30-6:00pm - SR & AG Practice
6-7:15pm  - H1, H2, LS & MS
Tues Jan 3rd
8-10am & 3:30-6:00pm - SR & AG Practice
6-7:15pm  - H1, H2, LS & MS
Wed Jan 4th
3:30-6:00pm - SR & AG Practice
6-7:15pm  - H1, H2, LS & MS
Thurs Jan 5th
8-10am & 3:30-6:00pm - SR & AG Practice
6-7:15pm  - H1, H2, LS & MS
Fri Jan 6th
3:30-6:00pm - SR & AG Practice
H1, H2, LS & MS - No Practice
 
 
 
 
 
ANNOUNCMENTS:
 
PACIFIC SWIMMMING REGISTRATION  ***PASSED DUE***
We are still missing many swimmers Pac Swim 2017 renewal checks. If your Pac Swim renewal check is not in by December 15th it will not get processed in time and you WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SWIM as of JANUARY 1st.
Due:                      November 18, 2016 *** PASSED DUE***
Amount :              $73.00  (for each swimmer)
Payable to:           PACIFIC SWIMMING
Please place your check in the Membership File Folder (Powell) located outside our Shark Tank in the cart on the pool deck.  If you have any questions please call or text Diane Powell at 707-342-1199. Your 2017 card will be available to you online via DECKPASS in January, 2017.   Deck Pass:  www.usaswimming.org/deckpass
 
 
 
 
POLAR BEAR CLUB is BACK!
Keep your attendance up and you will get a VJO Polar Bear Club T-Shirt and more!  VJO is bringing back the Polar Bear Club next month in an effort to help motivate and encourage our swimmers to keep swimming during the Winter. The Polar Bear Club will start December 1st and run through February 28th. During this time the coaches will track swimmers practice attendance and give out prizes for those swimmers hitting the following attendance goals over the 3 month period.  
 
Each Group has separate attendance goals bases on those groups’ expectations. Meets, Social Events and Saturday Practices will be given as extra credit attendance days. Prize levels are as follows:
PRIZE LEVELS:
  • Prize Level 1 – Polar Bear Club Bumper Sticker
    • Attend at least one practice in Dec, Jan & Feb
  • Prize Level 2 - Bini Baby & Polar Bear Club Bumper Sticker
    • Meet following attendance requirements for each group for Dec-Feb:
      • Hammerheads 1 - 50%
      • Hammerheads 2 - 60%
      • Mako Sharks - 70%
      • Leopard & Age Group – 80%
      • Senior -90%
  • Prize Level 3 – Polar Bear Club T-Shirt, Bini Baby, & Bumper Sticker
    • Meet following attendance requirements for each group for Dec-Feb:
      • Hammerheads 1 - 70%
      • Hammerheads 2 - 75%
      • Mako Sharks - 80%
      • Leopard & Age Group – 90%
      • Senior -100%
*Meets, Social Events and Saturday Practices will be given as extra credit attendance days.*
 
 
 
 VJO HOLIDAY PARTY BRUNCH
When: Saturday, January 21th, 2017
Where: 477 Canyon Creek Road, American Canyon, CA
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Potluck assignment by last name
A – G Main Dish (eggs, pancakes, breakfast casseroles, waffles, etc.)
H – R Sides (fruit, bacon, sausage, etc.)
S – Z Drinks (juice, milk, hot chocolate, coffee, tea, water, chocolate milk, etc.)
White Elephant Auction
The White Elephant Auction is a VJO tradition; bring a gently used item from home that might be of interest to another. We will auction it off to the highest bidder and proceeds will go to a local charity.
R.S.V.P. - to the Raymond File Folder by January 7th 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING MEETS:
 
JUNIOR OLYMPIC CHAMPIONSHIPS (DEC 2-4)
This meet is CLOSED. The Junior Olympic Champs Meet on December 2-4 will be held at the Morgan Hill Aquatics Complex. This is a qualifying meet. Swimmers must have achieved the JO time standard to enter.
 
 
WCAB SENIOR II CHAMPS (DEC 2-4)
The Senior II Champs Meet on December 3-4 is CLOSED for entries. The meet will be held at the Northgate High School Pool, 425 Castle Rock Road, Walnut Creek, CA 94598. This is a qualifying meet. Senior Group swimmers must have achieved the Senior II time standard to enter.
 
 
PIRANHA QUAD MEET (DEC 10th)
The Piranha Quad Meet on Saturday, December 10th is CLOSED for entries.  This will be a quick one day meet held at the Honey Bee Pool in Rohnert Park.
LOCATION: Honey Bee Pool, 1170 Golf Course Drive, Rohnert Park CA 94928
TIME: Arrive at 8:45am to warmup and check in with your coach. The meet will start at 10:00am
 
 
2016 WINTER JUNIOR NATIONALS
The 2016 Winter Junior Nationals will be held on December 8-10th in College Station, Texas at the Texas A&M Pool. This is a qualifying meet for Senior Group swimmers.
 
 
WINTER ZONE 3 CHAMPIONSHIPS (JAN 14-15)
2016 Winter Zone 3 Championships will be held on Jan 14-15 at the Santa Rosa Junior College Pool.  This is a great indoor facility with lots of indoor seating for teams. This will be a team scored meet and is our Winter Championship Meet, so we NEED ALL VJO SWIMMERS that are qualified to attend. Because it is a qualifying meet all swimmers must have achieved the Zone 3 qualifying time standard (~”BB” time standard). The meet will be open for entries in mid December.
 
 
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING DATES:
DECEMBER
Dec 2               - NO PRACTICE (Coaches away at meets)
                           Senior Group Practice 4-5:30pm
Dec 2-4            - Junior Olympic Championships 14 & Under (Qualifying, Morgan Hill)
Dec 3-4            - WCAB Senior 2 Championships (Qualifying Seniors, Pleasant Hill)
Dec 7-10          - Speedo Winter Junior Nationals (Qualifying Seniors, College Station, TX)
Dec 7-9             - Combined SR & AG Practice (3:30-5:30pm, coached by Maureen and Laurie)
Dec 10              - Piranha Quad Meet (All Groups, Rohnert Park)
Dec 22-23        - NO PRACTICE
Dec 30             - NO PRACTICE
 
JANUARY
Jan 6              - NO PRACTICE (Coaches gone to Clinic)
                          Senior Group Practice 3:30-6pm                      
Jan 6-8           - NorCal Coaches Clinic (Napa, CA)
Jan 14-15       - Winter Zone 3 Championships (Qualifying Meet, SRJC)
Jan 21            - VJO Holiday Party Brunch (10am-1pm, 477 Canyon Creek Rd. American Canyon)
 
FEBRUARY
Feb 4              - 10 & Under Champs (Qualifying Meet, Sunnyvale) ***ADDED***
Feb 10-12       -VJO February Frost Meet (Cunningham Pool, All Groups)
 
MARCH
Mar 5              - Zone All Star Meet (Qualifying Meet, Cunningham Pool, VJO Hosting)
Mar 10-12       - Junior Olympic Championships (Qualifying Meet, Carson City, NV)
Mar 18-19       - WCAN Meet (All Groups, Vintage HS)
Mar 30-Ap 2   - Far Western Championships (Qualifying Meet, Pleasanton)
 
APRIL
April 7-9         - Westside Aquaducks Long Course Meet (All Groups, Petaluma)
 
MAY
May 20-22       - VJO Long Course Meet (Cunningham Pool, All Groups)