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Weekly Mailer
NEW TEAM RECORD - RAFFY CUEVA 
13-14 Boys 50 Free LCM 
Congratulations to Raffy Cueva for breaking his own team record in the boys 13-14 LCM 50 free. He went a 25.89 at the Post High School Walk On Meet at UC Davis Pool on Sunday, May 8th. This was also a first time ever Sectional qualifying time. Great job Raffy! We are so proud of you!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING VJO EVENTS:
 
LONG COURSE PRACTICE THIS SATURDAY
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 practice.  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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
VJO LONG COURSE C/B/A + MEET 
May 20-22 2022
The VJO Long Course C/B/A+ Meet on May 20-22nd is now closed for entries. We have 63 VJO swimmers in the meet.  Swimmers make sure you have your team suit and team caps for the meet. Make sure you are also wearing team gear at the meet (VJO t-shirt, VJO sweats, VJO warm-ups or VJO parka. Be proud to represent VJO and wear your gear.
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.
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 30 hours a year. 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]).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NO PRACTICE - MONDAY, MAY 23rd
There will be NO PRACTICE on Monday, May 23rd. This is a meet recovery day for all swimmers, coaches and parents. We hope everyone has a wonder day off to rest. We will see everyone back on the pool deck on Tuesday May 24th for regular practice.
 
 
 
 
 
NO PRACTICE - MONDAY, MAY 30th
There will be NO PRACTICE on Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day. We hope everyone has a fun and safe Memorial Day Holiday.  We will see everyone back on the pool deck on Tuesday May 31st for regular practice.
 
 
 
 
 
 
***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

 
 
 
 
 
 
NVST's LAST CHANCE JO SUMMER PLUNGE C/B/A+ MEET
June 25-26 2022
***OPENING SOON***
The NVST LC C/B/A+ Meet will be opening up for entries online any day. This is our team meet for the month of June. Make sure to get entered for this meet as soon as it opens. This meet will fill quickly and prior to the deadline date. A separate team email will be sent out notifying everyone when the meet officially opens.
TIME: 
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. 
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 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 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 (when it opens). Meet will fill quickly 
NEED HELP ENTERING A MEET USING SWIM CONNECTION?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
IMPORTANT UPDATES:
 
 
VJO SWIM-A-THON
Sunday June 5th 
9:45am-12pm
 
The Swim-a-Thon is off to a great start! As of 5/11/22, we have raised $1955.00, which is about 1/5 of our goal of $10,000! Great job so far! Some parents have shared they have been getting good results using TeamUnify's promotion tools found under the "Promote" tab (red) on each swimmer's individual donation page. 
 
After clicking the "Promote" tab, there is a tab for "Enter Emails". Using this tool, you can easily add multiple contacts/emails from your online email account by clicking on the [Easy Import...] button. Alternatively, you can enter emails one-by-one by clicking on the [Invite List] tab. The emails you send will have a direct link to your swimmer's donation page, making it easier for families and friends to donate to the team. The contacts you add and/or import are secure to your private account. ONLY YOU can see and communicate to these contacts. No team administrators have access to this information!
 
Also from the "Promote" tab, you can click the "Social" tab and directly link your swimmer's donation page to social media, such as Facebook. Again, this makes it much easier for potential donors to find your swimmer's donation page. 
 
If you need help using any of these tools or need more ideas for promoting the Swim-a-Thon with potential donors, please contact Lesley Ruszel ([email protected]).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SILENT AUCTION UPDATE 

Thank you to the families who have already donated! But, we need a few more items to complete each themed basket. Below is a reminder of each group's theme, suggested items, and items that have already been donated. Donations can be brought to the pool and given to Lesley Ruszel (Liam and Rhys's mom). Lesley is typically on deck M, T, Th, F from 4:00-5:00. Lesley can be reached by email ([email protected]) to arrange another time to meet at the pool to receive donations. Please turn in all donations by Friday, May 13th. Thank you for supporting improvements to our team!

Hammerhead I: Kids Activities Basket

  • arts & crafts supplies
  • fidgets
  • toys

Already have: knitting craft kit, inflatable tic-tac-toe (pool game)

Hammerhead II: Gift Cards

  • gift cards of at least $10 to any vendor or store

Already have: Dairy Queen gift card, Jamba Juice drink vouchers, Starbucks gift cards, Cold Stone gift cards, Applebee's gift card

Leopard Sharks: Gourmet Pasta Dinner Basket

  • dried pastas
  • sauces
  • pots
  • serving spoons/forks
  • serving bowls
  • spatulas
  • olive oils
  • pasta seasonings

Already have: colander, grey/white kitchen towels, shark kitchen towels, black truffle olive oil, cerinola olives, garlic angel hair pasta, oregano/basil/tomato spice blend, marinara sauce 

Makos: Family Night Basket

  • movies, DVDs, Blue Rays
  • movie ticket gift cards/vouchers
  • board games & card games
  • candy
  • snacks
  • soda
  • juice

Already have: Disney jigsaw puzzle, microwave popcorn, Netflix gift card, Junior Mints, Milk Duds, Sour Patch Kids, M&Ms, Whoppers

Juniors: Coffee Basket

  • whole bean or ground coffee
  • k cups
  • gourmet sugars
  • mugs
  • travel mugs
  • French press
  • Peets gift cards
  • Starbucks gift cards

Already have: Moschetti coffee

Pre-Senior & Senior: Date Night Basket

  • wines
  • spirits
  • wine glasses
  • cocktail glasses
  • gourmet snacks (such as from Trader Joe's or Whole Foods)
  • restaurant gift cards

Already have: wine glasses

 
 
 
 
 
 
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: 
 
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) ***OPENING SOON***
 
JULY
July 8-10         - Junior Olympic Championships (Qualifying, Hollister, CA)
July 15-17       - Ukiah Dolphins C/B/A+ Meet (Camping, Ukiah, CA) ***OPEN***
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)
Aug 28            - VJO Annual Pool Party & Alumni Reunion (1-5pm Cunningham Pool)