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Weekly Mailer

 

SWIM-A-THON RECAP
Congratulations to all of our swimmers that participated in the 2021 Swim-A-Thon on Saturday October 9th.  We are very impressed with how many laps all of our swimmers completed.  We would like to give a special shout out to Zak Raymond and Luvpreet Singh for completing 200 laps in one hour. These two boys completed the most laps. Below we have included the lap count total for all of our swimmers that participated.
 
2021 SWIM-A-THON LAP COUNT TOTALS
 
SENIORS
Gabe Cueva 194
Alex Grant 130
Mackenzie Kawashiri 142
Olivia Pettit 134
Zak Raymond 200
Luvpreet Singh 200
 
PRESENIORS
Logan Brough 146
Jaela Balugo 152
Katie Marsden 154
Louisa McQuilling 110
Selene Pangelinan 110
Keona Perseveranda 136
Vanessa Sandoval 154
Sevanah Sandoval 164
 
JUNIORS
Anna Efe 170
Carter Hoffman 168
Isabella Marsden 140
Dez Panlilio 150
Violet Song 124
Grant Wright 180
 
MAKOS
Deja Cannon 108
Nathan Cheng 124
Enoch Farias 118
Saela Fitzgerald 118
Jeramiah Nacheff-Hass 110
Brooke Richardson 114
Nick Sarreal 120
Timothy Yang 140
 
LEOPARD
Sybelle Bradley 121
Matthew Cheng 115
Quinn Hoffman 96
Ruby Iniguez Navaro 112
Jasmine Jones 112
Kainoa Kalama 133
Vivienne McQuilling 108
Dex Panlilio 133
Kalea Perseveranda 120
Naya Salindong 100
Kareesha Singh 126
 
HAMMERHEAD 2
Itzayana Espinosa-Rubi 80
Cesar Gutierrez 54
Parker Haeni 86
Reed Richards 100
Liam Ruszel 94
Summer Williamson 100
 
HAMMERHEAD 1
Niko Barron 50
Alex Barron 56
Xantiago Corona 60
Trent Garton 54
Apple Gutierrez 56
Braylen Ligons 44
Allyrose Rangel 66
Paris Rangel 68
Rhys Ruszel 68
Whitney Thiem 70

 

 

 

 

 

SWIM-A-THON DONATION SHOUT OUT!

Thank you to all of our swimmers and families that have be bringing in donations for our 2021 Swim-A-Thon. Our team goal was to raise $10,000 and so far we have raised over $11,800. Great job swimmers! We have already surpassed our team goal. Swimmers still have until October 29th to turn in donations. Remember there are some amazing prizes being given out. Keep bringing in those donations. We would like to give a special shout out to our top 5 donation participates. Keep up the great work swimmers! 

 

1 $1,000.00 Reed Richards
2 $866.66 Liam Ruszel
3 $825.00 Summer Williamson
4 $790.00 Melody Rodriguez
4 $790.00 Jasmine Jones

 

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING VJO EVENTS:

THUNDER COAST AQUATICS C/B/A+ MEET
November 13-14 2021
***NOW OPEN***
The Thunder Coast Aquatics C/B/A+ Meet is NOW OPEN for entries. This is our November team meet of the month. Make sure to get signed up ASAP for this meet so you do not miss this opportunity to compete. This meet will fill quickly.  This meet will be using the FastSwims entry system. Click on the link below to sign up.  Once the meet fills, the online entries will close. 
LOCATION: Miwok Aquatic Center (Indian Valley Campus, College of Marin), 1800 Ignacio Blvd, Novato, CA 94945
TIME: Arrive at 7:15am. We will get in as a team to warm-up at 7:30am. The meet will begin at 9:00am each day. Special Warm-up for 8 and under athletes only will be held from 8:45 to 8:55 AM.
EVENTS:
Hammerhead 1 & 2 Groups - All Hammerheads can enter the freestyle (25, 50 and 100) and backstroke (25 and 50) events. Please talk to coach Daniel prior to entering any other events. Do not enter your child in events they are not ready for. 
Leopard & Mako - Please enter 3 events each day. Choose one favorite event, one challenging event and one event to keep you well rounded.
Junior: Please enter at least 3 events each day. Athletes may swim a max of 4 events each day. Choose one favorite event, one challenging event and one event to keep you well rounded. 
Pre-Senior - Please enter at least 3 events each day. Athletes may swim a max of 4 events each day. Choose one favorite event, one challenging event and one event to keep you well rounded.
ENTRY FEE: $4.50 per event plus an $8.00 participation fee per Athlete. Make sure you "Go To Payment Page" and pay for your events with a credit card online. If you do not pay for your events your entry will not be submitted. Check for your entry confirmation email after signing up.
ENTER ONLINE:  http://www.fastswims.com
ENTRY DEADLINE:  This meet will fill fairly quickly... please enter ASAP
NEEDED HELP ENTERING A MEET USING FASTSWIMS?   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
VJO BREAST CANCER AWARENESS FUNDRAISER
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To help raise awareness, VJO is selling Pink VJO Team T-Shirts and Pink Team Caps. The proceeds will be donated to a Breast Cancer Foundation.  Last year we donated over $100 to the Pink Fund.  Let's meet or exceed that this year! The Coaches will be wearing these pink team shirts at practice and meets. We invite you to do the same. 
HOW TO GET YOUR BREAST CANCER TEAM ITEMS?
Email in Order Form - Email completed ordered form into Lourdes Bondoc. As soon as your items are ready they will be sent home with your child.
Purchase Items In Person on Pool Deck - Breast Cancer items will be sold on the pool deck on specific days this month. More dates to come. 
Monday Oct 18th - 4-6pm 
SOLD OUT:  We are now sold out of the Silicone Caps. We only have Latex caps and Shirts left.
Online Orders Due By:   ***While Supplies Last***
QUESTIONS: Contact Loudes Bondoc at [email protected] or text (415)412-2809 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ORINDA AQUATICS C/B/BB+ MEET
Oct 30-31 2021
Campolindo High School, Moraga
***CLOSED***
The Orinda Aquatics C/B/BB+ Meet on October 30-31st at Campolindo High School is CLOSED for entries. This meet filled VERY VERY quickly and unfortunately most of our swimmers only got into the meet on Sunday. 
LOCATION: Soda Aquatic Center at Campolindo High School – 300 Moraga Road, Moraga, California.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
***REMINDER - VJO TEAM SUITS & CAPS MANDATORY AT ALL MEETS***
This is a reminder that VJO Team Suits and Team Caps are mandatory at all meets. If your team suit does not fit or you do not have one, please get a new team suit ordered ASAP. Contact Coach Jennifer if you have any problems with your team suit for the upcoming meet.  Below I have included the link and info to order a VJO team suit. 

ALL SWIMMERS MUST BE IN A TEAM SUIT AT MEETS

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
IMPORTANT UPDATES:
 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE NIGHT RETURNS!

STARTS: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4th 2021 
 
That's right! We will be  bringing back Hot Chocolate Night. Hot Chocolate Night will officially start  Thursday, November 4 th!  Our swimmers  have been waiting a very long time  for Hot Chocolate Night to return. Every Thursday night during the winter months VJO brings Hot Chocolate Nights to the pool deck. This event will start Thursday November 4th and will continue through March.

This is a PARENT RUN / PARENT DONATED activity that we offer to our swimmers to help take the “chill” out of those chilly swim practices during the winter months.

From the beginning, we have been successfully serving almost 75 kids each Thursday night. We need your help to make these nights just a little bit more special. We would like to ask that one Thursday a month you send a little something with your swimmer to share during Hot Chocolate Nights. We ask that all food is pre-packaged this year. Please NO PEANUT products. 

We have some HCN snack suggestions below:

  • Pop-tarts, Muffins, Graham Crackers or any other sweet item (pre-packaged)
  • Bags of Chips, Pretzels, Gold Fish, Crackers, Veggie sticks or any other savory item (pre-packaged)
  • Granola Bars (peanut free), Fig Bars, or any other bar
  • Cup-O-Noodles
  • Individual Hot Chocolate Packets / Individual Hot Cider Packets
  • Gloves, wipes, forks, spoons & napkins
  • Cups, Lids & Boats (purchased at Smart & Final, 4oz or 6oz cups)

*Keep in mind; you don’t need to send enough to feed 75 children. If everyone sends one thing on one Thursday a month we will have enough for everyone to have a small after swim snack to go with their Hot Chocolate.  

SERVING HELP NEEDED: Parents we also need your help serving our swimmers.   We will also have a signup online for parents to volunteer just a half hour of their time to help serve our children. We made it easy to sign up for a time slot for when you child is at practice.
 
Our swimmers look forward to this night of the week all winter long. Help us keep this tradition going. A big thank you to Lesley Ruszel and Blanca Prado for heading this activity for our swimmers.
 
QUESTIONS: If you have any Hot Chocolate Night questions, please email Lesley Ruszel at [email protected] or  Blanca Prado at [email protected]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

TURN IN YOUR MAAPP WRITTEN AGREEMENTS 

***ALL VJO Swimmers & Parents Must Sign New MAAPP Written Agreement *** 

Starting September, 1st 2021 the Vallejo Aquatic Club has adopted the NEW USA Swimming MAAPP Policies. USA Swimming has released an updated Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) as part of its commitment to safeguard athletes. All USA Swimming clubs are required to implement this Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy in full. 
-  The MAAPP Policy must be reviewed and agreed to in writing by all athletes, parents/legal guardians, coaches and other non-athlete members of Vallejo Aquatic Club. This written agreement is to be retained by the club and renewed on an annual basis per USA Swimming policy.   
-  Please print and sign the VJO Written Agreement to "MAAPP" Policy and return to your coach as soon as possible. See Coach Jennifer at the pool for extra printed copies of the "VJO Written Agreement" and  "MAAPP Policy in Full" .  
 
 
 
 
NEW TEAM GEAR - VISIT VJO TEAM STORE
We are excited to announce that we have NEW VJO TEAM GEAR available online for purchase. Visit our VJO Team Store link below to check out our NEW Team Parka, NEW Team Warm-ups and NEW 1/4 Zip Sweatshirt. You can order all VJO team gear, apparel  and equipment online or in the store. Click on the link below to go to our online Team Store at Elsmore Swim Shop.  Our team also gets a kick back of all the team gear you purchase.
 
Elsmore Swim Shop
2054 Treat Blvd Suite D,
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
(925)300-3369
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2021 VJO FALL MEET/EVENT SCHEDULE: 
 
OCTOBER
Oct 2                  - SR & PSR Group LC Training Camp (Solano College 7:45-10am)
Oct 9                  - Swim-A-Thon & Pool Party (2:45-4pm Swim-A-Thon, 4-7pm Pool Party)
Oct 23-24       - Orinda SR Open Meet (SR Group only, Campo HS) **CLOSED**
Oct 28           - Halloween Themed Practice & Costume Contest (All Groups Reg Practice Time)
Oct 30-31       - Orinda C/B/BB+ Meet (All Groups, Campolindo HS Pool) **CLOSED**
 
NOVEMBER 
Nov 6            - Pacific Swimming Leadership Camp (JR, PSR, SR swimmers age 11-15)
                     (JR/PSR/SR Groups, 8am-5pm, Cunningham Pool)
Nov 12-14       - Thunder Coast Aquatics C/B/A+ Meet (All Groups, IVC Novato)**OPEN**
Nov 20-21       - VJO Senior Meet (Home Meet Volunteers Needed!)
 
DECEMBER 
Dec 3-5         - 2021 Winter Junior Olympic Championships (Qualifying, Santa Clara) **OPEN**
Dec 10-12      - Senior II P&F Meet (Qualifying SR Group only, Walnut Creek)
Dec 10-12      - Neptune Swimming C/B/A+ Meet (All Groups, Santa Rosa)
 
JANUARY
Jan 14-16        - Zone 3 Winter Championships (Qualifying Meet, Novato) 
 
Feb 4-6           - VJO C/B/A+ Meet (Home Meet Volunteers Needed!)
May 20-22        - VJO Long Course C/B/A+ Meet (Home Meet Volunteers Needed!)