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Weekly Mailer
GOOD LUCK at ZONE 3 CHAMPS!
    
We would like to wish a special GOOD LUCK to all our Zone 3 Championship swimmers. This weekend we have 44 VJO swimmers qualified and attending Zone 3 Championships at the Santa Rosa Junior College. We have almost 15 more swimmers attending the meet this year. Go SHARKS!
Good luck to Frankie Arenas, Marguerette Bui, Ysabelle Carranza, Gabriel Cueva, Raffy Cueva, Mikaela de Vaera Gomez, Juliana Deguzman, Ethan Delange, Andrick Espinosa, Ava Feldman, Alexandra Grant, Erin Grimaldo, Nixie Gulinao, Kali Hall, Nathan Jellison, Kainoa Kalama, Sunny Kanzan, Mackenzie Kawashiri, Ally Luna, Amanda Luna, Juan Madrigal, Isabella Marsden, Beyah Matteo, Eliana Matteo,  Joy McDowell, Louisa McQuilling, Selene Pangelinan, Keona Perseveranda, Olivia Pettit, Angel Putong, Jericho Putong, Nia Ramos, Zak Raymond,  Anna Frances Reyes, Trinity Rivera, Vanessa Sandoval, Abby Sapida, Alyssa Sapida, Angel Sapida, Kareesha Singh, Luvpreet Singh, Keona Stratton, and Katherine Torres-Garfield. 
Go SHARKS & Swim Fast!

 

 

WHAT A GREAT HOLIDAY PARTY!
Thank you everyone for such a great Holiday Party!  We saw many new faces at the party and shared lots of good food. Our swimmers had a fantastic time with the Gingerbread House Making Contest. Congratulations to our Gingerbread House winners! We have some amazing Gingerbread House artists in the making on our team.
  
WHITE ELEPHANT AUCTION - We raised $300 for the Paradise Piranha's Swim Team.  Nearly all the swim team families on this team lost their homes last fall in the Camp fire. The money we raised at the White Elephant Auction this year will be going to help those swim team families in need in Paradise. In the next week all our swimmers will be signing a card to mail with the check. Thank you to all the families that donated and bid on items for this great cause. We will be able to make their Holiday Season a little brighter. Go SHARKS!

 

 

 

VJO SWIMMERS DO SOME GREAT WINTER TRAINING!
Congratulations to all our VJO swimmers that attempted the New Years Challenge of 10 x 1,000's on January 2nd. You are all so amazing and dedicated! We know you all could have been at home sleeping like most of your classmates, but instead you decided to take the bull by the horns and tackle the biggest and longest set you'll do all year. The 15 swimmers that completed this set, swam 10,000 yards, which is 400 lengths and equal to 6 miles! We are so proud of all of you! Bring it on 2019, we are ready for you.   Go SHARKS!
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
NO PRACTICE - Monday January 21st 
There will be no practice on Monday January 21st due to the MLK Holiday. We hope everyone has a great day off. See you all back at the pool on Tuesday Jan 22nd. 
 
 
 
 
 
VJO HELPS FEED THE HUNGRY AND HOMELESS 
Sunday, February 10th 
4-6:30pm
WE ARE DOING IT AGAIN! VJO will be helping to feed the hungry and homeless again on February 10th. If you missed helping this month don't worry you can get involded next month. Our swimmers and parents have been having a great time getting involved with our community and helping out.  It is so amazing to see our young swimmers helping out people in need.
Click on the link below to sign up.  On Sunday, February 10th from 4-6:30pm come help VJO give back to the community.  We need 15-20 VJO swimmers to help out with the "Sparrow Project" and feeding the hungry and homeless.  This will take place at the 1st Baptist Church in Vallejo. Our swimmers will help set up, help serve food, and help clean up.  This is a great way for our swimmers to get involved in their community. Swimmers can also count this toward their community service requirements for school.  Swimmers under the age of 11 need to have a parent helping them.  If you wish to leave while your child is volunteering, please make sure to leave your child with another parent. This is NOT a VJO practice and children are NOT under the supervision of VJO coaches. Thank you!
Date: January 13th 2019
Location: 1st Baptist Church, Vallejo (  2025 Sonoma Blvd,  Vallejo, CA)
Number of Volunteers: 15-20 people (swimmer under 11 yrs need parent to help) 
Time: 4-6:30pm
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP
 
 
 
 
PERSONALIZED CAP ORDERS HAVE ARRIVED
Personalized cap orders from November have arrived. Please see Miriam Rivera or Coach Jennifer to get your cap order.  Many personalized caps have already been handed out.
 
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING MEETS: 
 
2019 ZONE 3 WINTER CHAMPIONSHIPS  
January 19-20th 2019
The Zone 3 Winter Championships Meet on January 19-20 is CLOSED.  The meet will be a trials and finals meet this year and will be held at the indoor Santa Rosa Junior College Pool. It will be run similar to REAL Championships where the top 16 swimmers will come back and swim in the afternoon for points.  This is our team Championship Meet for the Winter season. It is also a team scored meet, so we need ALL qualified VJO swimmers attending.  All swimmers must meet the Zone 3 Champs qualifying times.  Click on the link  below to view qualifying times.
LOCATION:  Quinn Swim Center, Santa Rosa Junior College (1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA )
TRIALS / FINALS: This year the Zone 3 Winter Championships will be run as a Trials/Finals Meet. This means that the top 16 swimmers will come back in the evening to swim again for points in finals. All 9 and over events are trials and finals. All 8 & Under event will be timed finals and will only swim in the morning. 
TIME:  Arrive at 7:15am each day. Warm-ups will start at 7:30am and the meet will start at 9am each day
RELAYS: There will be relays at this meet. All swimmers will be entered in relays unless coaches are notified otherwise.
HOTEL ROOMS:  Our Coaches and many of our families will be staying at the Best Western Plus off Hopper Ave. in Santa Rosa on Saturday night. Because the finals session of the meet will end around 7:00pm, we recommend staying the night in Santa Rosa. Below is a 10% coupon code to give when you reserve your room. To reserve your room call the number below. Room rates will change daily (todays room rate is $152.09/night).
Best Western Plus
870 Hopper Ave. Santa Rosa CA
(707)545-9000
Coupon Code: GP10 (for 10% off)
COST: ~$152/night (rates change daily)
TEAM DINNER:  We will be going out to dinner as a team on Saturday night.
 
 
 
 
 
SASO DISTANCE MEET
(SASO & VJO)
Friday, January 25th 2019
ENTRY DEADLINE: Tuesday, Jan 22nd
The SASO Distance Meet on Friday, January 25  th has now been added to our schedule. This meet is only open to Senior, Junior 2, Junior, Mako and Leopard Shark Groups. This meet is not open to Hammerhead swimmers.  There will be two distance events offered; the 500 free and 1,650 free. Swimmers may only swim one event.  The 1,650 free is only open to 11 & overs in the JR/JR2/SR Group. This is a paper entry meet. Please turn all paper consolidated entry forms into the manila folder hanging on the team bulletin board at the pool. Entries are due by Tuesday, Jan 22nd
LEOPARD AND MAKO GROUPS
This distance Meet is open to all Mako and Leopard Shark swimmers. This meet is not required. Swimmers in both Leopard and Mako have the option to swim the 500 free.  The 1,650 free is not open to the Leopard and Mako swimmers. There will be regular practice at Cunningham Pool on this day for all Hammerhead, Leopard and Mako Groupers not attending this distance meet.
REQUIRED FOR SENIOR / JUNIOR 2 / JUNIORS: 
This meet is required for all Senior, Junior 2, and Junior Group swimmers.  We will be attending this Friday meet instead of practice this day. Swimmers in the SR & JR2 group are required to swim the 1,650 free. Swimmers in the JR group may swim either the 500 free or 1,650 free. There will be regular practice at Cunningham Pool held for all other groups on this day.
 
 
 
VJO “February Frost” C/B/A MEET
February 22-24th 2019
***OPEN for ENTRIES***
The VJO “February Frost” CBA Meet is NOW OPEN ONLINE for ENTRIES. This is a home meet and while be held at the Cunningham Pool on February 22-24th. This is our team meet for the month of February and is recommended for ALL VJO swimmers. Please sign up ASAP as meets fill quickly. 
ENTRY DEADLINE: Monday, February 11th (meet will fill prior to deadline date)
LOCATION: Cunningham Pool
TIME:   Friday - arrive at 3:15pm
               Saturday – arrive at 7:15am 
               Sunday - arrive at 7:15am 
Warm-ups will start at 7:30am on Saturday and Sunday and the meet will start at 9:00 am each day. Remember parking is easier the earlier you arrive.
EVENTS: Please speak with your coach if you have questions about what events to enter. Leopard, Mako, JR’s & SR please enter 3 events a day (one challenging event, one favorite event and one to keep you well rounded). 
Senior & Junior 2 Groups -  Swimmers in the Senior and Junior 2 Groups will all be swimming the 400 IM on Friday night. You must all enter this event. If you need an entry time, contact Coach Jennifer.
10 Volunteer Hours Required - Families don't forget you are required to work a minimum of 10 hours at each home meet. The job sign ups will be emailed out and online soon. 
 
 
 
 
 
2019 WINTER / SPRING SCHEDULE ***UPDATED***
 
JANUARY
Jan 19-20    - Winter Zone 3 Champs (Qualifiers, SRJC) 
Jan 21          - NO PRACTICE (MLK Holiday)
Jan 25         - SASO Distance Meet (SR/JR2/JR/LS&MS Grps, Solano College) ***OPEN***
Jan 31          - Shark Pride Day (All Groups, 5-6:30pm)
 
FEBRUARY
Feb 10        - Help VJO Feed the Hungry and Homeless (4-6:30pm, 1st Baptist Church)
Feb 18        - NO PRACTICE (Presidents Day Holiday)
Feb22-24    - VJO February Frost C/B/A+ Meet ( All Groups, Cunningham Pool)  ***OPEN***
Feb 25          - NO PRACTICE (Meet Recovery Day)
Feb 28          - Shark Pride Day (All Groups, 5-6:30pm)
 
MARCH
Mar 2-3           - Zone All Star Meet (Qualifying Meet, Sunnyvale CA)
Mar 9-10         - Napa C/B/A Meet
Mar 15-17       - Junior Olympic Champs (Qualifying Meet, Walnut Creek)
Mar 23            - VJO Spaghetti Feed (5-9pm, ACHS Cafeteria)
Mar 28            - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-6:30pm)
Mar 28            - Last Hot Chocolate Night
 
APRIL
April 4-7         - Far Western Champs (Qualifying Meet, Santa Clara)
April 6             - Saturday Long Course Practice (All Groups, 7-9am)
April 12-14     - Westside Long Course C/B/A Meet (All Groups, Petaluma)
April 20          - 10 & Under Championships (Sunnyvale, CA)
April 20           - Saturday Long Course Practice (All Groups, 7-9:30am)
April 25           - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-7pm)
April 26-27      - VVAL  High School League Championships 
April 27-28     - NAPA Long Course C/B/A Meet (All Groups, Napa Valley College)
TBA                 - Mandatory General Membership Meeting (8-9:30am, Portables)
 
MAY
May 3-4         - North Coast Section High School Championships (Qualifying HS)
May 5            - SR Walk On Meet (location TBA)
May 10-11     - High School State Championships (Qualifying HS, Clovis)
May 11           - Long Course Morning Practice (All Groups, 7-9am)
May 17-19      - VJO Long Course C/B/A Meet (All Groups, Cunningham Pool)
May 20           - NO PRACTICE (Meet Recovery day)
May 25           - Long Course Morning Practice (All Groups, 7-9am)
May 27           - NO PRACTICE (Memorial Day)
May 30           - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-7pm)