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2020 ZONE 3 WINTER CHAMPIONSHIPS  
***NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES***
January 18-19th 2020
The Zone 3 Winter Championships Meet on January 18-19 is NOW OPEN for entries. The meet will be held at the INDOOR Santa Rosa Junior College Pool.  This year the meet will be a timed final meet format, so swimmers will only swim once, in the morning.  This is our end of the season, team Championship Meet. It is also a team scored meet, so we need ALL qualified VJO swimmers attending. Last year our team finished 4th overall and this year our goal is to finish in the top 3.  All swimmers must meet the Zone 3 Champs qualifying times to enter.  Click on the link below to view qualifying times. Get signed up ASAP as the meet will fill quickly.
ENTER ONLINE:   http://www.fastswims.com
LOCATION:  Quinn Swim Center, Santa Rosa Junior College (1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA )
TIMED FINALS: This year the Zone 3 Winter Championships will be run as a Timed Finals Meet. This means that all events will be swam only once, in the morning.  There is NO AFTERNOON session. The meet will finish around 3pm.
DEADLINE: Wed, January 8th 2020 (meet will fill prior to this date)
TIME:  Arrive at 7:15am each day. Warm-ups will start at 7:30am and the meet will start at 9am each day
EVENTS: Enter your 3 best events each day. Swimmers must meet the qualifying time to enter each event. This is a championship meet and we are going for points. If you have questions on what events to enter, talk to your coach.
RELAYS: There will be relays at this meet.  All swimmers attending will be entered in relays.  All relays will be swum in the middle of the meet.
 
 
 
 
 
 
NO PRACTICE - Monday December 16th
There will be NO PRACTICE on Monday December 16th.  This is a meet recovery day for all swimmers, coaches and parents. We will see everyone back on the pool deck on Tuesay December 17th.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12 ARTICLES OF CLOTHING SWIM
December 21th  8-10am
Swimmers will wear 12 articles of clothing to swim in (older items recommended).  The Senior Group will be taking one article of clothing off every 200 yards, Junior Group will take one article of clothing off every 150 yards, LS & MS Groups will take one article of clothing off every 100 yards, and H1 & H2 Groups will take one article of clothing off every 50 yards.  Swimmers will continue until they do their final swim in just their suit. Parents bring your cameras; you will be getting some great pictures. Make sure to bring a bag/laundry basket to carry your wet clothes home in.
12 articles of clothing: tank top, short sleeve shirt, sweatshirt, shorts, pants, socks (2), shoes (2), gloves (2), hat/beanie
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
HOLIDAY PARTY BRUNCH
RSVP:  Please RSVP online for this event. Go to the Holiday Party on our events page or

                                                        CLICK HERE TO RSVP
 
 
 
 
 
 
POLAR BEAR CLUB STARTS THIS MONTH!
In an effort to encourage VJO swimmers to keep their attendance up during the Winter Months, we are bringing back the Polar Bear ClubThe Polar Bear Club will start December 1st and run through the end of February. The VJO coaching staff will track daily practice attendance and award participation based on swimmers attendance to practice and events. VJO will provide prizes for those meeting qualifying levels.
 
Although we encourage all team members to attend as many practices as possible, each practice group will have attendance prize requirements on a sliding scale to reflect the monthly expectations of each group.  Prizes will be given out to swimmers monthly. Prize levels are as follows:
PRIZE LEVELS: 
  • Prize Level 1 – Polar Bear Club Pin 
    • Attendance prize requirements for each group for Dec, Jan & Feb:
    • Senior -80%
    • Leopard, Junior & Junior 2 Group – 70%
    • Mako Sharks - 60%
    • Hammerheads 2 - 50%
    • Hammerheads 1 - 40%
  • Prize Level 2 – Polar Bear Club Pin & Bumper Sticker
    • Attendance prize requirements for each group for Dec, Jan & Feb:
    • Senior -90%
    • Leopard, Junior & Junior 2 Group – 80%
    • Mako Sharks - 70%
    • Hammerheads 2 - 60%
    • Hammerheads 1 - 50%
*Meets, Social Events and Saturday Practices will be given as extra credit attendance days.*
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
HOT CHOCOLATE NIGHT 
Every Thursday in the Winter months is Hot Chocolate Night!  We are still in need of HCN items for this week. Please drop off snack items on the table next to the Shark Tank. Thank you everyone for all the snack donations. 
Thank you! 
ITEMS NEEDED:
    All items needed at this time
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
IMPORTANT INFO & UPDATES:
 
HOW TO ORDER A TEAM SUIT OR TEAM PARKA?
Don't worry if you missed our team suit fitting day this fall. 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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING MEET S: 
 
NEPTUNE SWIMMING C/B/A+ MEET ***CLOSED***
December 13-15th 2019
Santa Rosa Junior College
The Neptune Swimming C/B/A+ Meet on December 13-15 is CLOSED for entries. This is our team designated meet for the month of December.  
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.  
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.
 
 
 
 
2020 ZONE 3 WINTER CHAMPIONSHIPS  
***NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES***
January 18-19th 2020
The Zone 3 Winter Championships Meet on January 18-19 is NOW OPEN for entries. The meet will be held at the INDOOR Santa Rosa Junior College Pool.  This year the meet will be a timed final meet format, so swimmers will only swim once, in the morning.  This is our end of the season, team Championship Meet. It is also a team scored meet, so we need ALL qualified VJO swimmers attending. Last year our team finished 4th overall and this year our goal is to finish in the top 3.  All swimmers must meet the Zone 3 Champs qualifying times to enter.  Many events this year will not have qualifying standards and will be open to everyone (25's for 8&Unders and 50's for 11&Overs). Click on the link below to view qualifying times. Get signed up ASAP as the meet will fill quickly.
ENTER ONLINE:   http://www.fastswims.com
LOCATION:  Quinn Swim Center, Santa Rosa Junior College (1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA )
TIMED FINALS: This year the Zone 3 Winter Championships will be run as a Timed Finals Meet. This means that all events will be swam only once, in the morning.  There is NO AFTERNOON session. The meet will finish around 3pm.
DEADLINE: Wed, January 8th 2020 (meet will fill prior to this date)
TIME:  Arrive at 7:15am each day. Warm-ups will start at 7:30am and the meet will start at 9am each day
EVENTS: Enter your 3 best events each day. Swimmers must meet the qualifying time to enter each event. This is a championship meet and we are going for points. If you have questions on what events to enter, talk to your coach.
RELAYS: There will be relays at this meet.  All swimmers attending will be entered in relays.  All relays will be swum in the middle of the meet.
 
ZONE 3 CHAMPS EVENTS:
 
ZONE 3 CHAMPS TIME STANDARDS:
 
 
 
 
 
 
SASO DISTANCE DUAL MEET
Friday, January 24th
The SASO Distance Dual Meet on Friday, January 24th will be opening soon for entries. The meet will be held at the Solano College Pool in Fairfield. This meet is open to all VJO swimmers.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2019 VJO FALL/WINTER SCHEDULE :
 
DECEMBER
Dec 1        - VJO Helps Feed the Hungry and Homeless (4-6:30pm, 1st Baptist Church, Vallejo) 
Dec 6-8     - Junior Olympic 14 & Under Champs (Qualifying, San Jose, CA)  
Dec 7-8     - Senior 2 Trials & Finals (SR Grp Swimmers only, Pleasant Hill, CA) 
Dec 13-15 - Speedo Sectional Championships (Qualified SR Groupers)
Dec 13-15 - Neptune Swimming C/B/A+ Meet (Santa Rosa, CA) ***CLOSED*** 
Dec 21       -12 Articles of Clothing Swim (All Groups, 8-10am)
Dec 23-27 - NO PRACTICE (Happy Holidays!)
Dec 28       - Morning Practice (8-10am JR/JR2/SR)
Dec 30 -Jan 3   Combined Practice Schedule
                          Dec 30   JR/JR2/SR  8-10am & 4-6pm
                                         H1/H2/LS/MS 6-7pm
                          Dec 31   JR/JR2/SR  8-10am 
                          Jan 1     JR/JR2/SR  4-6pm
                                        H1/H2/LS/MS 6-7pm
                          Jan 2    JR/JR2/SR 8-10am & 4-6pm
                                       H1/H2/LS/MS 6-7pm
                          Jan 3    JR/JR2/SR 8-10am & 4-6pm
                                       H1/H2/LS/MS 6-7pm
                           
JANUARY
Jan 11        - VJO Holiday Party Brunch (10am-1pm, American Canyon) ***RSVP ONLINE***
Jan 18-19  - Winter Zone 3 Championships (Qualifying Meet, SRJC) ***OPEN***
Jan 20        - NO PRACTICE (MLK Holiday)
Jan 24       - SASO Distance Dual Meet (All Group, Solano College)  *NO PRACTICE*
Jan 30       - Shark Pride Day (5-6:30pm, All Groups)
 
FEBRUARY
Feb 7-9    - VJO Home C/B/A+ Meet (All Groups, Cunningham Pool)
Feb 10     - NO PRACTICE (Meet Recovery Day)
Feb 14      - Regular Practice 
Feb 15      - Saturday Morning Practice (JR/JR2/SR, 8-10am)
Feb 15      - VJO Goes Ice Skating (TBA)
Feb 17      - President's Day (NO PRACTICE)
Feb 27      - Shark Pride Day (5-6:30pm, All groups)
Feb 29      -  Saturday Morning Practice (JR/JR2/SR,  8-10am)
 
MARCH
March 1          - Zone All Star Meet (Qualifying, Santa Clara)
March 7          -  Saturday Morning Practice (JR/JR2/SR,  8-10am)
March 13-15  - Spring Junior Olympic Champs (14&under Qualifying Meet, Santa Clara)
March 17th     - St Patrick's Day (Regular Practice)
March 21-22  - Hills Hurricane C/B/BB+ Meet (All Groups, Moraga)
March 23      - NO PRACTICE (Meet Recovery Day)
March 26       - Shark Pride Day (5-6:30pm, All Groups)
March 28       -  Saturday Morning Practice LC (JR/JR2/SR, 7:45 -10am)
March 28       - VJO Spaghetti Feed (Tentative)
 
APRIL
April 2-5      - Far Western Championships (Qualifying Meet, Pleasanton)
April 10         - Combined Practice Day
                              JR/JR2/SR      4-6pm
                                   H1/H2/LS/MS  6-7pm
April 11         - Long Course Morning Practice (All Groups)
                              JR/JR2/SR      7:45-10am
                                    H1/H2/LS/MS  9-10am
April 17-19    - Westside LC Meet (All Groups, Petaluma)
April 20         - NO PARCTICE (Meet Recovery Day)
April 25         - 10 & Under Champs Meet (Qualifying, Sunnyvale)
April 30         - Shark Pride Day (5-7pm)
 
MAY
May 2          - LC Morning Practice (7:45-10am) *Tentative*
May 9          - LC Morning Practice (7:45-10am)  *Tentative*
May 16        - LC Morning Practice (7:45-10am)  *Tentative*
May 23        - LC Morning Practice (7:45-10am) 
May 25        - Memorial Day (NO PRACTICE)
May 28        - Shark Pride Day (5-7pm)
May 29-31   - VJO LC C/B/A+ Meet (All Groups, Cunningham Pool)
 
JUNE
June 1        - NO PRACTICE (Meet Recovery Day)