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Weekly Mailer
 
Thank You for Attending the General Membership Meeting!
Thank you to everyone that attended our Mandatory General Membership Meeting (Parent Meeting) last night. We had an amazing turnout!   This was one of our biggest turnouts ever! Our VJO Board and Coaches are very excited for all the upcoming swim year.  In case you didn't have it, here is a current list of our board and coaches contact information. We would like to welcome Heidi Scharffenberg to our board of directors. Heidi will be taking over the position of Vice President on October 1st.
2019/2020 Board Members & Team Chairpersons (starting October 1st)
VJO President - Phil Grant  president@vallejoaquatics.org
VJO Vice President - Heidi Scharffenberg  vicepresident@vallejoaquatics.org
VJO Secretary - Cindy DeLange secretary@vallejoaquatics.org
VJO Treasurer - Madelyn Cueva treasurer@vallejoaquatics.org
VJO Membership Chair - Blanca Prado  info@vallejoaquatics.org
VJO Official’s Chair - Kia Kalama officials@vallejoaquatics.org
VJO Meet Director's - Joe & Gigi Sapida meetdirector@vallejoaquatics.org  
Communications Chair - Gevevieve McQuilling  communications@vallejoaquatics.org  
SR Athlete Member - Eliana Matteo  eliana.matteo@nvusd.org &
                                   Jericho Putong 
Volunteer Coordinator (Open Position) vhours@vallejoaquatics.org
Swim-A-thon Coordinator - Sarah Melanephy melanephymadhouse@gmail.com     
Event Coordinator - Jennifer Matteo events@vallejoaquatics.org
Team Attire - Madelyn Cueva,  treasurer@vallejoaquatics.org &
                      Cindy Delange,  secretary@vallejoaquatics.org
VJO Coaching Staff
Jennifer Thiem (Head Coach; Leopard, JR2 & SR): jenniferthiem@vallejoaquatics.org
Maureen Orr (Mako and Junior Coach) maureen@vallejoaquatics.org  
Brendan Kearney (Junior 2 & Masters Coach) brendan@vallejoaquatics.org
Daniel Chavez (Hammerhead 1 & 2 Coach) daniel@vallejoaquatics.org
Angel Sapida (Pre-Team Coach) asapida02@gmail.com
 
 
If you were unable to attend the General Membership Meeting contact one of our VJO Board Members ASAP. They will give you all the important information that you missed. 
TIME STANDARDS:
 
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
TODAY IS SHARK PRIDE DAY 
Thursday, September 26th  
5:00-7:00pm (All Groups)
Today, Thursday, September 26th is Shark Pride Day. On this day all groups will be swimming together from 5:00-7:00pm. Everyone will be warming up together working on skills together and doing relays together.  Show off your Shark spirit! Wear your turquoise team shirt to school, around town and to practice on this day. We want to encourage team unity by having the entire swim team practice together.  This will be a team building day with a great opportunity to get to know swimmers in other groups.  See you there!
***SENIOR GROUP: This practice is Mandatory***
***No Pre-Team Group practice on this day***
 
 
 
 
 
 
FITTER & FASTER SWIM CLINIC
October 12-13th 2019
We have some very exciting news! We are proud to announce that we will be hosting a Fitter and Faster  Freestyle and Backstroke    swim camp at the Cunningham Pool on October 12 & 13!  Session sizes are limited. We cannot wait for this event and we strongly recommend everyone click the link below to register ASAP! We want all of our swimmers to learn from an Olympic gold medalist and the techniques necessary to improve. 
There will be two sessions each day, one for swimmers ages 11 and under and one for swimmers ages 12 and older. The  curriculum each day will be: 
October 12:    Fast Freestyle Technique
October 13:    Powerful Backstroke Technique
Sign up for one or  SAVE by signing up for both days!
Each session will be led by Elite Clinician and Olympic gold medalist    Nick Thoman  and Clark Smith . Nick and Clark are two of  Fitter and  Faster ’s most popular and effective clinicians. We can’t wait for everyone to learn from them! 
See you there! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
IMPORTANT INFO & UPDATES:
 
WHAT IF I MISSED TEAM SUIT FITTING DAY ?
Don't worry if you missed our team suit fitting day last week. You can place team suit, team warm-ups, and team parka orders in person or online at any time. Make sure to try on the team suit before you place your order as our team suit brand has changed this year to Nike.
To Order Team Suits
1. Place an order online at  https://makingwavesusa.com/team/vallejo-aquatics/
Password: Vallejo
2. Drive down to "Making Waves Swim Shop" in Walnut Creek and order a team suit in person. Please make sure to bring in a completed order form to the store.
2019 Order Forms and the link to order online. 
Password: Vallejo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SIGNED USA SWIMMING "MAAPP" POLICIES NEEDED FROM ALL FAMILIES
Starting June 23rd 2019 the Vallejo Aquatic Club adopted the new USA Swimming Policy for both 
"Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy" 
"Athlete Protection Training for Athletes 18+"
The Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy must be reviewed and agreed to in writing by all athletes, parents, coaches and other non-athlete members of the Vallejo Aquatic Club. This written agreement will be retained by the club and renewed on an annual basis per USA Swimming policy. Place signed agreements in the Membership File Folder
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FALL PRE-TEAM SWIM PROGRAM 2019 (through - Oct 30th 2019)
Vallejo Aquatics is excited to offer the Pre-Team Swim Program; designed for beginner level swimmers wanting to join and be part of the swim team. Our Pre-Team Program will start June 1st. This program is the perfect way to learn to swim and get swim team ready. Our professional coach staff will teach you to:
  • Swim a length of the pool (25 yards) freestyle using side breathing
  • Swim and length of the pool (25 yards) backstroke without stopping
  • Learn the basics of breaststroke
  • Learn the basics of butterfly
  • Learn a front somersault
  • Learn a head first dive
Requirements: Must be able to swim a length of the pool (25 yards) and be comfortable in the deep end.
Schedule: 6:00-6:45pm Monday-Thursday 
Fees: $80 per month & $73 Pacific Swimming Registration Fee (onetime fee, good for entire 2020 year)
 
 
 
 
 
 
PARENTS – COME JOIN OUR VJO MASTERS SWIM GROUP
Interested in getting in a good swim workout in or learning how to swim more effectively? Come join our VJO Masters Swim Group on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:00pm. Met our amazing Masters Coach Brendan Kearney.
WORKOUT TIME: Monday and Wednesdays 6:00-7:00pm
COST: $30/ month 
            $10 drop-in fee
USMS REG: Adults must be registered with US Masters Swimming to participate
COACH: Our Masters coach is Brendan Kearney. He has been coaching for over 15 year, is a past VJO swimmer and VJO swim coach and is currently the Vallejo HS Head Swim Coach and VJO Junior 2 Group Coach. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING MEET S: 
 
SENIOR GROUP - WCAB SR OPEN MEET - Sept 28-29 
Senior Group Swimmers, the WCAB Senior Open Meet on September 28-29th is closed for entries.  
LOCATION: Diablo Valley College Pool, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.
TIME:  Arrive at the Cunningham Pool at 6:15am. 
TRAVELING TOGETHER - For Senior level meets our VJO swimmers travel together.  I will need two parents to drive ALL our swimmers to the meet and back each day. Please email me if you can be one of our drivers. We will meet at the Cunningham Pool at 6:15am each morning.  Parents, the rest of you are always welcome to come out and cheer on our Seniors. Our Senior swimmers just need to travel together as a team. 
TEAM SUITS REQUIRED: This is a reminder that VJO Team Suits are required at ALL team meets. Please make sure you have your team suit. You can order a team suit through Making Waves Swim Shop at any time.
 
 
 
SEBASTOPOL SEA SERPENTS C/B/A+ MEET 
The Sebastopol Sea Serpents C/B/A+ Meet on October 5-6th is NOW CLOSED for entries. This is our team designated meet for the month of October.   
Time: Arrive at 8:15am. We will get in as a team to warm-up at 8:30am. The meet will begin at 10:00am each day.  
Location:  Ives Pool, 7400 Willow Street, Sebastopol, California 95472
TEAM SUITS REQUIRED:  This is a reminder that VJO Team Suits are required at ALL team meets. Please make sure you have your team suit. You can order a team suit through Making Waves Swim Shop at any time.
 
 
 
 
NAPA VALLEY SWIM TEAM C/B/A+ MEET ***OPEN***
Noveember 2-3rd 2019
Vintage High School
The Napa Valley Swim Team C/B/A+ Meet on November 2-3 is open for entries and will be the team designated meet for the month of November.  This meet is recommended for all VJO swimmers except for SR group swimmers. Get signed up today!  
Location: Vintage High School, 1375 Trower Ave. NAPA CA 94558
Time: Arrive at 8:15am. We will get in as a team to warm-up at 8:30am. The meet will begin at 10:00am each day.  
Events:
Leoaprd, Mako, JR, JR2 Groups - Please enter 3 events each day. Choose one favorite event, one challenging event and one event to keep you well rounded.
Hammerhead 1 & 2 Groups - Please talk to coach Daniel about what events he recommends you swim prior to entering. Do not enter your child in events they are not ready for. 
***Senior Group - This meet is not recommended for the SR Group. The Senior Group will be attending the VJO SR Open Meet on Nov 16-17 weekend***
TEAM SUITS REQUIRED:  This is a reminder that VJO Team Suits are required at ALL team meets. Please make sure you have your team suit. You can order a team suit through Making Waves Swim Shop at any time.
 
 
 
 
NEPTUNE SWIMMING C/B/A+ MEET ***OPEN***
December 13-15th 2019
Santa Rosa Junior College
The Neptune Swimming C/B/A+ Meet on December 13-15 is NOW OPEN for entries and will be the team designated meet for the month of December.  This meet is recommended for all VJO swimmers except for SR group swimmers. Get signed up today!  
Enter Online:   www.fastswims.com
Location: : Quinn Swim Center, Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA.
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.  
Events:
Leoaprd, Mako, JR, JR2 Groups - Please enter 3 events each day. Choose one favorite event, one challenging event and one event to keep you well rounded.
Hammerhead 1 & 2 Groups - Please talk to coach Daniel about what events he recommends you swim prior to entering. Do not enter your child in events they are not ready for. 
***Senior Group - This meet is not recommended for the SR Group. The Senior Group will be attending the WCAB SR II Trial/Finals Meet on Dec 6-7 weekend***
TEAM SUITS REQUIRED:  This is a reminder that VJO Team Suits are required at ALL team meets. Please make sure you have your team suit. You can order a team suit through Making Waves Swim Shop at any time.
 
 
 
2019 VJO FALL/WINTER SCHEDULE :
 
SEPTEMBER
Sept 25        - General Membership Meeting (6-7:30pm, Portables)
Combined Practice Times:
4-6pm       -  SR/JR2/JR
6-7:30pm  - H1/H2/LS/MS
6-6:45pm  - Pre-Team
Sept 26        - Shark Pride Day (5-7pm, All Groups)
Sept 28-29   - WCAB SR Open Meet (Senior Group Only, Pleasant Hill,CA) 
 
OCTOBER
Oct 3           - VJO Board Meeting  (6:30pm, location TBA)
Oct 5-6       - Sebastopol Sea Serpents C/B/A+ Meet  (All Groups) 
Oct 12-13   - Fitter & Faster Swim Clinic (Cunningham Pool) ***OPEN*** 
Oct 19-20   - OAPB Senior Open Meet (Senior Grp Only, Moraga,CA)
Oct 24        -  Halloween Shark Pride Day & Potluck (5-7pm, All Groups)
Oct 31        - NO PRACTICE (Happy Halloween!)
 
NOVEMBER
Nov 2-4     - NAPA Valley Swim Team C/B/A+ Meet (All Groups) ***OPEN*** 
Nov 9        - Applebee's Flapjack Fundraiser (8-10am, Vallejo)
Nov 16-17 - VJO Senior Open Meet (Cunningham Pool, Qualified SR Grp) ***OPEN*** 
Nov 21       - Shark Pride Day (5-7pm, All Groups)
Nov 28-29 - NO PRACTICE (Happy Thanksgiving!)
Nov 28       - Turkey Trot (Fairfield,CA)
 
DECEMBER
Dec 6-8     - Junior Olympic 14 & Under Champs (QSS, San Jose, CA)
Dec 7-8     - Senior 2 Trials & Finals (WCAB, Pleasant Hill, CA)
Dec 13-15 - Speedo Sectional Championships (Qualified SR Groupers)
Dec 13-15 - Neptune Swimming C/B/A+ Meet (Santa Rosa, CA) ***OPEN*** 
Dec 23-27 - NO PRACTICE (Happy Holidays!)
 
JANUARY
Jan 18-19  - Winter Zone 3 Championships (Qualifying Meet, SRJC)
Jan 20       - NO PRACTICE (MLK Holiday)