Weekly Mailer
Dear VJO Swimmers and Parents,
Welcome back everyone!  We hope that all swimmers and parents had a great 2 week break.  Today Monday August 20th, is officially our first day back in the water. The coaches all look forward to seeing everyone back on the pool deck at their regular practice schedule times.


Brandon Miguel (16) broke two 15-16 boys VJO team records at the 2012 Far Western Championships on August 1-5. Brandon broke the 200 Fly record with a 2:24.55 and the 800 Free record with a 9:13.59.  The 200 fly record Brandon broke was a 26 year old record originally set by Eric Gramlow back in 1986.  Congratulations Brandon Miguel!


Great Job VJO!  Our team made a great appearance at the 2012 REAL Championships on Aug 3-5 in Santa Rosa.  VJO placed 2nd overall in the team standings with 3,285.5 points.  We were second behind the Santa Rosa Neptune’s.  Some of the outstanding performances would include Sam Man (11) achieving two first time Junior Olympic time standards, one in the 50 back with a 32.39, and one in the 100 breast with a time of 1:19.58. Mirelle Augst (14) also achieved a new Junior Olympic time in the 500 Free (5:30.78) and in the 200 back (2:23.74).  Alyssa Powell (13) also achieved a new Junior Olympic time standard in the 200 IM with a 2:23.74.  Great job everyone; we couldn’t have done it without everyone’s hard work.  Next year we hope to get even closer to those Santa Rosa Neptune’s.
On August 6-11 four of our VJO swimmers were selected to represent our Pacific Swimming Western Zone Team.  After REAL Champs Evan Augst (17), Kelley Henderson (17), Brandon Miguel (16), and Dylan Powell (17) traveled to Grand Junction, Colorado with the Western Zone Team to compete in the 2012 Western Zone Championships.  This is a great honor to have 4 of our VJO swimmers be able to attend the Western Zones Championships. They competed against 16 other teams such as Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Utah, Arizona, Montana, and Wyoming to mention a few.  With the help of Even, Kelley, Brandon, and Dylan, our Pacific Swimming Western Zone Team placed second overall. It had to be a very exciting and intense meet because they were only 6.5 points off from beating Colorado out of the 1st place finish.  Great job Even, Kelley, Brandon, and Dylan!  Thank you for representing us in the Western Zone Championships in Grand Junction, Colorado.



Upcoming Events:

Swim –a- thon Prize Party - Thurs Aug 23rd
Our VJO Swim-a-thon Prize Party will be this Thursday August 3rd.  We raised over $9,000!  THANK YOU for all your efforts for our biggest fundraiser!  To see our top participants please visit
Neptune C/B/A Swim Meet
Online entries are open!  Make sure your child gets entered in our first meet of the season.  This meet will fill up quickly so make sure you enter ASAP. See “Upcoming Meets” section below for more details.
BreakOut! Swim Clinic – SatSept 29th
Dana Vollmer won GOLD in the 100 fly, and she's coming to our pool!  Sign up for the September 29th Swim Clinic to make sure you have a spot at the clinic.  This clinic will fill so get your registration form turned in as soon as possible. Forms can be found at the pool or on our team website at  Turn in your completed reg form to Melanie Keilholtz file folder.


Labor Day – No Practice
There will be no swim practice on Labor Day, Monday September 3rd 2012.
Mandatory General Membership Meeting– Sept 11th
Our Fall Mandatory General Membership Meeting will be Tuesday September 11th at 6:00pm.  All families are required to attend this meeting.  More information will be released shortly.



Upcoming Meets:


Neptune Swimming C/B/A Meet (Sept 22-23)
The Neptune Meet on September 22-23 is open online for entries.  All VJO swimmers are encouraged to attend this C/B/A meet.  This meet will fill quickly so make sure your swimmer gets signed up ASAP. 
Enter Online at: to enter is Wednesday, September 12, 2012,although the meet may fill up sooner.


Napa Valley Meet
Unfortunately our team will NOT be attending the Napa Meet on Oct 13-14 this year due to the fact it is held weekend before Zone 3 Championships.  Our team meet for the month of October will be the Zone 3 Championships meet on Oct 19-21.


Save the Date:

  • Aug 23     -   Prize Party for Swim-a-thon
  • Aug 30     -   Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-7pm)
  • Sept 3      -   Labor Day (No Practice)
  • Sept 18    -   NorCal Swim Shop Suit Fitting Day
  • Sept 22-23  -  Neptune Swimming C/B/A Meet
  • Sept 27    -   Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-7pm)
  • Sept 29th  -   Breakout Swim Clinic
  • Oct 6-7   -     Marin Pirates Meet (Senior II Meet)
  • Oct 19-20  -  Zone 3 Championships (Cunningham Pool)
  • Oct 26   -      Halloween Party
  • Oct 31    -    Special Halloween Practice
  • Nov 2-4   -   VJO Meet
  • Nov 30- Dec 2  -  Junior Olympic Championships (14 & under)
  • Dec 7-9   -   Short Course Championships (Sr II Trials & Finals @ Walnut Creek)
  • Dec 7-9   -   Neptune Swimming C/B/A Meet
  • Dec 19    -   Christmas Party