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THIS WEEKS EVENTS:
 
VALLEJO 4th of JULY PARADE DETAILS
Swimmers and parents please come join us and help celebrate Independence Day and showcase our team spirit at the 164th Annual Vallejo 4th of July Parade. All swimmers, parents, and family members are welcome to join us in the walk too, just wear your turquoise shark shirt.  If you do not have a team turquoise shark shirt or need another one, please see Miriam Rivera on deck to buy your t-shirt (T-Shirt: $10) or email at: minirivera@aol.com
  • Meeting Time: 9:00 am
  • Meeting Place: Ohio Street at Broadway (VJO is Entry #66, Division #5)
  • Parade Route: The Parade starts on Tennessee St. at Broadway at 10:00 a.m., travels west to Sonoma Blvd., then south along Sonoma Blvd. to Georgia St., then west again to end at Georgia St. and Santa Clara St.
  • End Meeting Spot/Pickup Place: Library
  • There will be NO AFTERNOON PRACTICE on this day!
  • Check your family file folder for Parade flyer and map.  
 
 
 
 
NO FRIDAY AFTERNOON PRACTICE – Friday July 7th
This Friday, July 7th there is no afternoon practice.  We have swimmers and coaches attending the 2017 Junior Olympic Championships Meet in Moraga.  There will ONLY be morning practice offered on this day. Please see the morning practice schedule below.
Friday, July 7th Morning Practice Schedule:
6:45am-9am   – SR & JR Groups
7-9am               – Leopard and Mako Groups
7:30-9am          – Hammerhead 1 & 2 Groups
 
 
 
 
 
GOOD LUCK at JUNIOR OLYMPIC!
We would like to wish a special “GOOD LUCK” to our 13 VJO swimmers that are competing at the 2017 Summer Junior Olympic Championships this weekend in Moraga.  The Summer JO’s this year is only 14 & Under swimmers, so we are excited to be taking a team of 13 swimmers to represent VJO. If you have time, come on down and help cheer on our VJO swimmers. Good luck to Abby Argueta (14), Gabe Cueva (12), Raffy Cueva (9), Mikaela DeVera Gomez (13), Alexandra Grant (10), Mackenzie Kawashiri (11), Eliana Matteo (12), Olivia Pettit (10), Jericho Putong (14), Trinity Rivera (12), Abby Sapida (11), Alyssa Sapida (12) and Angel Sapida (14). Go SHARKS!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
TEAM PICTURE DAY – Tuesday, July 11th 2017  *** TIME CHANGE***
Tuesday, July 11th is Team Picture Day.  ***The Individual Picture time has CHANGED to 5-6pm***
The Individual pictures will start at 5:00pm and the team picture will be at 6:00pm. We will be taking our team picture in our turquoise VJO team T-Shirts. If you do not have a team shirt or need a new shirt please see Miriam Rivera on the pool deck anyday. T-Shirts are $10.
 
 
 
 
SUMMER FRIDAY LONG COURSE MORNING PRACTICE - ALL GROUPS
On the following days we will have long course morning practice open to ALL GROUPS. The afternoon practices on these days will either be combined or cancelled due to swim meets.
Friday July 7th 7-9am (No PM Practice)
H1 & H2 7:30-9am
LS & MS 7-9am
SR & JR 6:45am-9am
Friday July 14th 7-9am
H1 & H2 7:30-9am
LS & MS 7-9am
SR & JR 6:45am-9am
 
 
 
 
SUMMER FRIDAY PM COMBINED & CANCELED PRACTICES
On the following Fridays we will have combined and cancelled practices for the following Groups
Friday July 7th - Afternoon Practice CANCELLED for all groups
Friday July 14th Combined PM Practice
HH1& HH2 6-7pm
Leopard & Mako 6-7:30pm
SR & AG – Regular Practice
Friday July 21th - Afternoon Practice CANCELLED for all groups
Friday July 28th Combined PM Practice
HH1& HH2 6-7pm
Leopard & Mako 6-7:30pm
SR & AG – 3:30-5:30pm
 
 
 
REAL 80’s SPIRIT WEEK (July 31-Aug 3)
Combined Practice Times for July 31st - Aug 3rd:
4-6pm – 11 & Overs
5:30-7pm – 10 & Unders
It’s time to start getting ready for REAL Summer Championships! The theme for REAL Championships this year is 80’s. Start getting your 80’s costumes ready for the REAL costume parade. We are dividing the practice times during Spirt Week by ages. Swimmers 11 years and older will practice from 4-6pm and swimmers 10 years of age and younger will practice from 5:30-7:00pm. This will enable our swimmers to be able to work together on their REAL Relays (8& Under, 9-10, 11-12 & 13 & Over) and team cheers. This will also give our older swimmers a chance to help work with some of our younger swimmers.
REAL’s 80’s SPIRIT WEEK SCHEDULE
Monday July 31st Team Cheer Day : On this day we will be working on our team cheers. From 5:30-6pm we will be doing team cheers together as a team. Make sure to bring your loud voice and team spirit.
Tuesday Aug 1st  Poster Making Day: From 5:30-6pm on this day All Groups will create “Good Luck” posters to hang up at REAL Championships.
Wednesday Aug 2nd Relay Day: On this day we will be focusing on and running through all our relays for REAL’s. Make sure you are here this day so you can work on your relays with ALL your relay mate.
Thursday Aug 3rd Carbo Load Day: On this day we will be having a carbo filled potluck after practice. More info on the Carbo Load Potluck to follow soon.
 
 
 
 
SWIM-A-THON UPDATE
Keep gathering Swim-A-Thon Donations! We are almost 40% to our team goal of $10,000. You still have over 4 weeks to keep bringing in donations. Remember there are some great prizes out there to win!
Last day to Turn in Donations – Tuesday, July 25th
2017 Swim-A-Thon Prizes:
$150.00 Pledges VJO T-shirt or Cap or Water Bottle
$250.00 Pledges VJO Team Black Drawstring Backpack
$350.00 Pledges VJO Team Turquoise Sweat Shirt
$450.00 Pledges VJO Team Warm-jacket or Sweat Shirt and Sweatpants
$550.00 Pledges VJO Team Speedo Pro Backpack or VJO Team Suit
$650.00 Pledges VJO Team Warm-up Jacket and Pants
$750.00 Pledges Choose 2 items from the prizes offered between $150 and $450
(Example: a VJO team turquoise sweat shirt and a VJO drawstring backpack)
$850.00 VJO Team Parka
 
 
 
 
VJO PRE-SEASON TECHNIQUE CAMP – Aug 14th-18th
During the second week of our team break VJO will be offering a Pre-Season Technique Camp. This will be a chance for swimmers to get back in the water and work on their technique before the fall season. Coach Maureen will be running this Pre-Season Technique Camp. There is no extra fee for the Pre-Season Technique Camp. The practice times will be combined as follows:
4-5:30pm          – (Swimmers from Senior, Junior and Mako Groups)
5:30-6:30pm    –  (Swimmers from Hamerhead 1, 2 and Leopard Shark Groups)
 
 
 
 
PARENTS – COME JOIN OUR NEW VJO MASTERS SWIM GROUP
Interested in getting in a good swim workout in or learning how to swim more effectively? Come join our NEW VJO Masters Swim Group on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:15-7:15pm.
WORKOUT TIME: Tuesday & Thursdays 6:15-7:15pm
COST: $30/ month for New VJO Masters
            $10 drop-in fee
            $15/ month for current VJO Masters
USMS REG: Adults must be registered with US Masters Swimming to participate
COACH: You’re in the water coach is Chigusa Kanzan, one of our great VJO Coaches. 
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING MEETS:
 
JUNIOR OLYMPIC CHAMPIONSHIPS – July 7-9
The 2017 Summer Junior Olympic Championships Meet is CLOSED for entries. The meet will be held at the Campolindo High School in Moraga. This is a trials/finals meet.
LOCATION: Soda Aquatic Center at Campolindo High School: 300 Moraga Road, Moraga, California.
TIME: Please arrive at 7:00am each day. We will get in to warm-up as a team at 7:30am. The meet starts at 9:00am. Finals will not start less than 30 minutes after the conclusion of distance events. The start of finals will be announced each day.
RELAYS: Please arrive for Finals Warm-ups (~2:00pm each day) for relays. Relays will be swam at the end of finals each day.
 
 
 
UKIAH DOLPHINS SHORT COURSE C/B/A MEET – July 21-23
The Ukiah Short Course C/B/A+ Meet on July 21-23 is STILL OPEN for ENTRIES.   We will be camping as a team at the Kyen Camp Grounds. This is a new campgrounds for our team.  The campgrounds we stayed at last year is closed this summer due to a mud slide. This will be a very fun meet with lots of fun events (25 Free for 10 & Overs), fun relays and a fun time camping together. 
Meet Location: Ukiah High School Pool (1000 Low Gap Road Ukiah, CA 95482)
Time: On Friday please arrive by 3:45pm, warm-ups are from 4:00 to 4:45pm and the meet will begin at 5:00PM. On Saturday and Sunday please arrive at 7:15am, warm-ups will start at 7:30am and the meet will begin at 9:00am.
Camping:  Get your sleeping bags and marshmallows ready!  We will be camping at the Kyen Campgrounds at Lake Mendocino.  The price is $30 per night with a maximum of 8 people plus 2 vehicles per campsite. This is a total of $60 per campsite for 2 nights stay (Friday July 21st & Saturday July 22nd). Campsites can accommodate 2 families. If we have 2 families per campsite we can split the accommodations to $15.00 per family per night.  Bathrooms and showers are close by. Campsites are mostly shade.
How to Reserve your Campsite: 
Contact Miriam Rivera at (707) 315-2672 or minirivera@aol.com ASAP to reserve your Campsite.
 
 
 
REAL SUMMER CHAMPIOSHIPS MEET – Aug 4-6
The REAL Summer Championships on August 4-6 will be held this year at the Petaluma Swim Center. This meet is not yet open for entries. The meet will be open for entries in the next couple of weeks. This will be a team entry meet, so all paper entries will need to be turned in at the pool to the manila folder.  This is one of our most important meets of the year and we are going for points, so we NEED ALL VJO SWIMMERS ATTENDING. This will be a trials/finals meet with relays on both Saturday and Sunday.  This is also one of the most fun meets of the year!
Entries: Opening in the next couple of weeks
Location: Petaluma Swim Center, Petaluma CA
80’s REAL Theme: The Theme of the meet this year is 80’s. Start getting your 80’s costume together, because we have a swimmer costume parade on Saturday afternoon before finals. Parents you are all encouraged to dress up as well and show our team spirt! There is an REAL Spirit Award given out each year and VJO is planning to win it again this year, but we need everyone to bring their VJO 80’s team spirit!
 
 
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING DATES:
JULY
July 4th   - VJO Walking in the Vallejo 4th of July Parade (9am-12pm, Meet on Ohio Street at Broadway)
July 11   - Team Pictures (5pm Individuals, 6pm Team Picture) ***TIME CHANGE***
July 7-9   - Junior Olympic Championships (Qualifying, Moraga, CA)
July 20-23  - CA/NV Summer Sectional Championships (Qualifying Seniors, La Mirada, CA)
July 21-23  - Ukiah Dolphins C/B/A+ Meet (Team Camping, Ukiah CA) ***OPEN***
July 24  - NO PRACTICE (Meet Recovery Day)
July 26-30  - Far Western Championships (Qualifying, Concord CA)
July 27th  -  Shark Pride Day (All Groups, 5-7pm) ***JUST ADDED***
July 27th  - Mountain Mike’s Dine Out Fundraiser (Vallejo Store, 12pm-9pm) ***JUST ADDED***
July 31- Aug 3 – SPIRIT WEEK (Combined Team Practice) ***JUST ADDED***
 
AUGUST
Aug 4-6   - REAL Championships (Team Meet, Petaluma, CA)
Aug 7-20  - Team Break (two week team break)
Aug 10-13  - Speedo Junior National Championships (Qualifying Seniors, East Meadow, NY)
Aug 14-18 – Pre-Season Technique Training (Combined Practices) ***JUST ADDED***
Aug 21  - 1st day of Fall Practice