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Weekly Mailer

 

HALLOWEEN PRACTICE RECAP
Last Thursday, Oct 28th our VJO swimmers had some great Halloween fun during practice. Here are a few of the picture from our Halloween Themed practice with costumes, games and treats.
 
 
 
Photo Credit to Jose Padilla (Xantiago's Dad)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

ORINDA AQUATICS C/B/BB+ MEET RECAP

Great job to all of our swimmers that attended the Orinda C/B/BB+ Meet last weekend. This was an extremely large meet with over 1,000 swimmers attending.  This was one of the largest age group meets we have EVER attended. Our VJO swimmer did a fantastic job navigating such a big double ended meet. We had 49 best time achieved by our swimmers. Final results from the meet will come out in the next week or two. Unofficial results can be found on the MeetMobile App.

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING VJO EVENTS:

VJO GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Wednesday, November 10th, 2021
6:30-7:30pm
On Zoom
Meeting ID: 899 8766 7857 
Passcode: 664322 
 
VJO parents and guardians - Our semi-annual mandatory general membership meeting (parent meeting) will be held Wednesday November 10th, 2021. The meeting will be conducted virtually utilizing Zoom (The link is provided above).  Please have at least one representative from each VJO family attend. 
Topics that will be discussed: 
Annual Budget 
VJO Update 
Fund Raising 
Swim Meets
Volunteer Requirements and Opportunities
If you have any questions feel free to contact me, [email protected]
Looking forward to seeing everyone,
Heidi Scharffenberg
President, Vallejo Aquatic Club
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THUNDER COAST AQUATICS C/B/A+ MEET
November 13-14 2021
***CLOSED***
The Thunder Coast Aquatics C/B/A+ Meet is CLOSED for entries. This is our November team meet of the month. 
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 & under athletes only will be held from 8:45-8:55 AM.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SRN C/B/A+ MEET ( DEC 11-12)
***NOW OPEN*** 
The Dec 11-12 SRN C/B/A+ Meet is NOW OPEN for entries online. This meet will have very limited space and will most likely fill within 1-2 days. If you plan to attend this meet, make sure you get signed up on FastSwims as soon as it opens.  Our team WILL NOT be attending this meet on Friday. VJO swimmers will only be entering this meet on Saturday and Sunday. This meet will be held at the Finley Pool in Santa Rosa.
ENTERT ONLINE:  http://www.fastswims.com
LOCATION: Finley Pool: 2060 West College Avenue, Santa Rosa
TIME:  Arrive at 7:15 AM. 
            Warm-ups at 7:30 AM Sat & Sun
            Meet will begin at 9:00 AM Sat & Sun
            ***VJO will not be attending this meet on Friday night. DO NOT enter this meet on FRIDAY***
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. If you would like to swim 4 events, just check with your coach first.
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.
Seniors - Senior Group swimmers will NOT be attending this meet. Seniors will be attending the Senior II Champs Meet on this weekend instead.
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:  ENTER ASAP (MEET WILL FILL IN 1-2 days)
NEEDED HELP ENTERING A MEET USING FASTSWIMS?   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
***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!

OFFICIALLY 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 **we have lots**
  • 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]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GET YOUR PERSONALIZED VJO TEAM CAPS!
ORDER DEADLINE: November 15th
You have the opportunity to order personalized team swim caps for your child, children and yourself. These make great stocking stuffers and presents during the Holiday season.  The personalized VJO team caps are standard black team caps with white VJO logo and your name under the logo. If you would like to place an order, please click the link below to place your order online. Make sure to enter the free shipping code "FREETEAMSHIP".  The order deadline is November 15th. Orders will arrive to pool around the week of December 13th.
ORDER DEADLINE: November 15th 2021 
COST:
Latex $14.00 (2 caps per order)
Silicone $26.00 (2 caps per order)
Use code "FREETEAMSHIP" for FREE SHIPPING
*Caps ship in bulk directly to the team.  We expect to receive the order the week of Dember 13th, just in time for the Holidays. We will notify you when your caps are ready for pickup at the pool.*
 
When ordering, you will be asked to select from the following name options below (1 option per order & 24 character maximum)
a) First name
b) Last name
c) First name and last name
c) First name and last name initial
d) First name initial and last name
QUESTIONS: Contact Head Coach, Jennifer Thiem at [email protected] or (707)292-6473 cell
 
 

 

 
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2021/2022 VJO WINTER MEET/EVENT SCHEDULE: 
 
NOVEMBER 
Nov 6           - Pacific Swimming Leadership Camp (8-5pm Cunningham Pool)
Nov 10th        - General Membership Zoom Meeting (Parent Mtg 6:30-7:30pm) **JUST ADDED**
Nov 12-14      - Thunder Coast Aquatics C/B/A+ Meet (All Groups, IVC Novato)**CLOSED**
Nov 20-21      - VJO Senior Meet (Home Meet Volunteers Needed!)
Nov 25-26      - NO PRACTICE (Happy Thankgiving!)  **JUST ADDED**
 
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) **NOW OPEN**
Dec 22-24      - NO PRACTICE (Cunningham Pool Closed) **JUST ADDED** 
 
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!)