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Weekly Mailer

 

GREAT JOB AT 2022 FAR WESTERN CHAMPS!

Congratulations to our 7 VJO swimmers that qualified and competed in the 2022 Far Western Championships in Morgan Hill on April 7-10th. Our seven swimmers; Juliana Bondoc (11 yrs), Logan Brough (16yrs), Raffy Cueva (14 yrs), Anna Efe (12yrs), Alex Grant (15), Mackenzie Kawashiri (16yrs) and Olivia Pettit (15yrs) represented our team well, while competing against the best swimmers in the western United States. Our swimmers competed against other teams from Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Hawaii, Arizona, Washington, Texas and of course California. For those of you that dont know this is one of the fastest Age Group meets in the Nation.  We had 7 new team records set, one first time ever Sectional time achieved and a couple new Far Western times achieved. Many of our swimmer finaled (placed in the top 16) and made it back to be able to compete again in the evening against the top swimmers. Great job  Juliana,  Logan, Raffy,  Anna, Alex, Mackenzie and Olivia Thank you for representing Vallejo Aquatic Club so well! Go SHARKS!
 

 

 

 

NEW TEAM RECORD - OLIVIA PETTIT 

15-16 200 Back & 100 Back

Congratulations to Olivia Pettit for setting a new team record in the 15-16 girls 200 back. She went a 2:08.43 dropping 4 seconds in prelims at Far Western Champs. She broke her own team record from 4 months ago, achieved a first time ever SECTIONAL TIME.

Congratulations to Olivia Pettit for also setting a new team record in the girls 15-16 100 back. She went a 59.83 at Far Westerns and finaled. This team record was originally held by Eliana Matteo in 2018. Great job Olivia! We are so proud of you!

 

 

 

NEW TEAM RECORD - ANNA EFE 11-12 50 Back  

Congratulations to Anna Efe for setting a new team record in the 11-12 girls 50 back. At Far Western Champs she broke her own team record and went a 29.46. Keep up the great work Anna! Go SHARKS!
 

 
 
NEW TEAM RECORD - MACKENZIE KAWASHIRI 
15-16 200 fly & 500 Free 
Congratulations to Mackenzie Kawashiri for setting a new team record in the girls 15-16 200 fly. She went a 2:11.40 at Far Westerns, finishing 8th and finaling. This was an 8 year old team record originally held by Alyssa Powell. Great job Mackenzie! We are so proud of you!
 
Congratulations to Mackenzie Kawashiri for also setting a new team record in the girls 15-16 500 free. She went a 5:12.83 at Far Westerns, finishing 5th and finaling. This was an 18 year old team record originally held by Kathryn Jovino. Great job Mackenzie! We are so proud of you!
 
Congratulations to Mackenzie Kawashiri for setting a new team in the 15-16 girls 200 free. She went a 1:57.63 dropping 4 seconds in prelims at Far Western Champs. This was a 17 year old record originally held by Kathryn Jovino. We are very proud of you Mackenzie. Keep up the great work! Go SHARKS!
 
 
 
 
 
NEW TEAM RECORD - RAFFY CUEVA 
13-14 Boys 50 Free SCY & 50 Free LCM 
Congratulations to Raffy Cueva for setting a new team record in the boys 13-14 scy 50 free. He went a 22.46 at Far Westerns, finishing 6th and finaling. This was an 19 year old team record originally held by Donny Mata in 2003. Great job Raffy! We are so proud of you!
 
Congratulations to Raffy Cueva for setting a new 13-14 boys LCM 50 free team record. He went a 26.18 at the AC Swim Club Long Course C/B/A meet on 4/23. He broke a 13 year old record, original held by Ares Elmore in 2009. Great job Raffy! Keep up the hard work!
 
 
 
 
 
VJO FIRST EVER EGG HUNT - BIG HIT!
Saturday, April 2nd
On Staurday April 2nd we held our first ever VJO Egg Hunt and it was a huge hit! After a nice long course practice all our VJO swimmers joined in for a fun Egg Hunt and pancake breakfast. What a great time our swimmers had. Thank you to all our parents for putting this together. With your help, we hope to be able to do this again next year and make this a new VJO tradition.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING VJO EVENTS:
 
PRACTICE TIME CHANGE for SENIOR & PRE-SENIOR GROUPS
FRIDAY, APRIL 29th
4-6pm
Tomorrow Friday, April 29th the Senior and Pre-Senior Groups will practice from 4-6pm with the Junior Group instead of 5:30-7:30pm. We will only have around 5 SR & PSR swimmers at practice on this day as the rest of the group will be at their high school league championships or preparing for their high school league championships. All other groups will swim at their regular times on this day. Good luck to all of our high schoolers competing at their league championships this weekend! Swim Fast!
 
 
 
 
GET SIGNED UP!
VJO LONG COURSE C/B/A + MEET 
May 20-22 2022
***STILL OPEN***
This is a reminder to get signed up for our VJO Long Course C/B/A+ Meet on May 20-22nd. The meet is still OPEN FOR ENTRIES, but will fill soon. We will be hosting this meet at our very own Cunningham Pool.  All VJO swimmers are expected to enter this meet. Parents we need your volunteer help to make this a successful meet. Volunteer sign-ups are up online, just click the link below to sign-up (in a couple days).  We need volunteers before the meet, after the meet and all three days of the meet. There are over 345 swimmers signed up already, so get signed up ASAP, so you don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to race.
Please keep in mind it is mandatory for all VJO families to work at least 10 hours at all home meets. We need everyone's help to make a home meet successful. If you have questions or would like more details about any of the volunteer areas, please contact Heidi Scharffenberg ([email protected]) or Stephanie Jones ([email protected]).
LOCATION: Cunningham Pool
TIME:      FRIDAY - Arrive at 3:15pm. Warm-ups start at 3:30pm. Meet starts at 5:00pm.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY -  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 lanes for 8 and under athletes will be held from 8:30 to 8:45 AM.
EVENTS:
Hammerhead 1 & 2 Groups - All Hammerheads can enter the freestyle (50m and 100m) and backstroke (50m) 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 one event on Friday and at least 3 events on Sat and Sun  Athletes may swim a max of 4 events on Sat & Sun. Choose one favorite event, one challenging event and one event to keep you well rounded. 
Pre-Senior & Seniors - Please enter one event on Friday and at least 3 events on Sat and Sun. 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 $14.00 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.
ENTRY DEADLINE:  Sign up ASAP. Meet will fill quickly 
NEED HELP ENTERING A MEET USING SWIM CONNECTION?
 
 
 
 
 
DART POST HS WALK ON MEET (Senior & Pre-Senior Group)
SUNDAY, MAY 8th
The DART Post HS Walk On Meet at the UC Davis Pool on Sunday, May 8th is now open for entries. This meet is open to all Pre-Senior and Senior Groupers. The meet will remain open until Saturday, May 7th at 6:00pm. Swimmers may compete in a max of 4 events. See meet info below. Talk to Coach Jennifer if you have any questions.
ENTER ONLINE AT: Swim Connection
LOCATION: Schaal Aquatic Center, Davis CA 95616. Located on UCD Campus off the corner of Hutchison Drive and Health Science Drive. The parking lot is located adjacent to the UCD Football stadium.
PARKING: There is a large campus parking lot. Parking is free on Sunday. 
MEET FORMAT: DART will host a SCY session. Take a 30-minute break to switch the pool, and then run a second LCM session.
ENTRY LIMITS: Swimmers will be able to sign-up for a total of 4 events during the entire meet. 
ENTRIES: All swimmers will enter using https://ome.swimconnection.com. Entries close on Saturday May 7, 2022 at 6:00 PM.
ENTRY FEES: $14/Splash fee and $8/entry fee per event. Seeding Prelims: Swimmers will need to pre-enter the meet on swim connection. The meet is open to enter, until 6:00 PM on Saturday, May 7, 2022 so athletes will have the ability to enter after HS Sections. No changes will be made on deck the morning of the meet. Prelims will be pre-seeded for the SCY session. Changes will be accepted for the LCM Session until 10:00 AM.
MEET TIMES: Warmups will begin no earlier than 7:30 AM and will conclude 10 minutes prior to the start of the meet. The SCY meet session will start at 9:00 AM. The LCM session is scheduled to start 45 minutes after the end of the SCY session. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
***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.  We do have some extra slightly used team suits that could be barrowed. Below I have included the link and info to order a VJO team suit. See your coach to purchase a new VJO team cap. 

ALL SWIMMERS MUST BE IN A TEAM SUIT AT MEETS

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LONG COURSE PRACTICE
Saturday, May 14th
On Saturday May 14th we will be having our third long course practice of the year. The kids had a blast at our last two long course practice, so we are looking forward to another great long course pracice.  The Senior, Pre-Senior and Junior Groups will swim from 7:45-10am and will be turning the lane lines around for all our other swimmers. The Hammerheads, Leopard and Mako Groups will swim from 8:30-9:30am.
UPCOMING LONG COURSE PRACTICE DATES:
Saturday May 14th
7:45-10am - Senior, Pre-Senior and Junior Groups
8:30-9:30am - Hammerheads, Leopard and Mako Groups 
 
WHY ATTEND LC PRACTICE?
This long course practice will help our swimmers better prepare for their upcoming long course meets. Our next long course meet will be our home VJO C/B/A+ Meet on May 20-22. This is a great opportunity to get used to long course swimming. For long course swimming we will switch the lane lines around the other direction in our pool and swim the long way (50 meters). This means 50 meters is only one length of the pool … counting lengths is a little easier long course.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
IMPORTANT UPDATES:
 
GET YOUR PERSONALIZED VJO TEAM CAPS!
ORDER DEADLINE: Monday, May 2nd 2022
You have the opportunity to order personalized team swim caps for your child, children and yourself. 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. All personalized caps will be shipped together in bulk. Make sure to click the "Ship To Store" option. The order deadline is Monday, May 2nd. Orders will arrive to pool around the week of May 23rd.
ORDER DEADLINE: Monday, May 2nd 2022 
COST:
Latex $14.00 (2 caps per order)
Silicone $26.00 (2 caps per order)
*Caps ship in bulk directly to the team.  We expect to receive the order the week of May 23rd. 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
 
 
 
 
 
GET YOUR VJO TEAM GEAR - VISIT THE 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
 
 
 
 
 
 
2022 VJO MEET/EVENT SCHEDULE: 
 
APRIL
April 25            - NO PRACTICE  (Meet Recovery Day)
April 29-30        - VVAL & DAL High School League Championships 
 
MAY
May 6-7           - NCS High School Championships (qualifying high schoolers)
May 8             - DART Post HS Walk On Meet (SR & PSR Group, UC Davis)
May 14            - Sat LC Practice (7:45-10am SR/PSR/JR & 8:30-9:30am HH/LS/MS)
May 13-14        - CIF High School State Championships (qualifying high schoolers)
May 20-22        - VJO Long Course C/B/A+ Meet (Home Meet Volunteers Needed!)
May 23            - NO PRACTICE (Meet Recovery Day)
May 26            - First Shark Pride Day (Combined Team Practice)
May 30            - NO PRACTICE (Memorial Day Holiday)
 
JUNE
June 5            - Swim-A-Thon (10-12pm, Cunningham Pool)
June 10-12       - Summer Sanders Invite. Meet (SR Qualifying, Roseville)
June 24-26       - Napa Valley Swim Team C/B/A+ Meet (Napa, CA)
 
JULY
July 8-10         - Junior Olympic Championships (Qualifying, Hollister, CA)
July 15-16       - Ukiah Dolphins C/B/A+ Meet (Camping, Ukiah,CA)
July 28-31        - Far Western Championships (Qualifying, Concord, CA)
July 26-30        - Western Zones Senior Championships (Qualifying SR, Clovis)
 
AUGUST
Aug 5-7           - REAL League Championships (All Groups, Napa)    
Aug 8-19          - TEAM BREAK (2 week team break - No Practice)