Weekly Mailer

Dear VJO Swimmers and Parents,


Neptune Swim Meet Re-cap

The weather was hot and our team’s swims were even hotter.  Last weekend our team attended the Neptune Swimming C/B/A Meet at the Finley Aquatics Center in Santa Rosa.  Even though we had small numbers, our swimmers had tons of outstanding swims and times!

It was amazing to see that we had more new A time standards achieved than swimmers attending the meet.  Our team had 11 new B time standards achieved, 33 new A time standards achieved, and 1 new Junior Olympic time standard achieved. The swimmers on our team to achieve the most new A times were Daniel Chavez (12), Darren Chavez (12), and Luke Arechy (16).  These three boys achieved 4-5 new A times a piece.    

A big congratulation goes to Maya Hunter (9) for achieving her first ever Junior Olympic time standard in the 9-10 50 Free with a time of 32.09.  Maya will now be joining our team’s 14 & Unders at the 2012 Winter Junior Olympic Championships in Morgan Hill, CA this November. 

Our coaches would also like to give a great big THANK YOU to Alan Augst and Erik Keilholtz for traveling all the way to the Santa Rosa meet to volunteer as Stroke and Turn officials when their kids weren’t even swimming in the meet.  Zone 3 has a rule that for every 25 swimmers a team brings to a meet they have to provide 1 swim meet official.  We very much appreciate Alan and Erik’s help in fulfilling this requirement.  We hope in the future our team can have more VJO officials, so this doesn’t become a problem.



Upcoming Events:


Shark Pride Day (Thurs Sept 27th from 5-7pm)
This Thursday September 27th is Shark Pride Day.  All groups will be practicing from 5-7pm.  Swimmers are encouraged to wear their team T-Shirts to school and around town for team spirit. The team will warm-up, together work on skills together, and play games/ relays together. This will be a team building day with a great opportunity to get to know swimmers in other groups. See you there!
Parka Orders Extended to Thurs
We have extended swim parka orders to this Thursday September 27th.  Please turn in completed order forms to Pam Henderson’s file folder.  Parka order forms with flyers were placed in family file folders.  Parka’s become essential during cold winter months; don’t miss out on your chance to order.  They also make great Christmas gifts.  Extra Parka order forms can be found at the pool.  If you have any questions please feel free to ask.
BreakOut! Swim Clinic (SatSept 29th from 9-1:00pm)
We are very excited to bring Olympians Dana Vollmer and Josh Davis to Vallejo.
The Clinic will be at Cunningham Pool located at 801 Heartwood Ave.
Clinic details:
Check-in starts at 8:30am
The Clinic includes 2 sessions:
Session 1 covers freestyle and backstroke.
BREAK -  a short break and healthy snack of fruit, water and granola bars,
Session 2 will cover breaststroke and butterfly.
There will be lots of time for autographs and pictures. Each swimmer will receive a Breaktout! T-shirt, DVD's, posters and other souvenirs.
The Clinic ends at 1pm
2012 VJO Awards Banquet(Sat Sept 29th at 5:00pm)
The 2012 VJO Awards Banquet will be held this Saturday September 29th from 5:00-8:30pm at the Vallejo Elks Lodge.  The Awards Banquet is semi-formal, so please dress up.  We ask that you arrive at 5:00pm, we will start eating around 5:20, and the Awards will start around 5:45/6:00pm.  Dinner will be pot-luck style, so please bring a dish to share. Vallejo Elks Lodge is located at 2850 Redwood Parkway, Vallejo, CA 94591. Flyers with potluck info will be placed in family file folders shortly.
Sign-up Sheets for Zone 3 Champs
Parents, sign-up sheet are now available!  Sign-up today!  Sign- up sheets for meet set-up, meet clean-up, and snack bar have been placed in the Shark Tank area at the pool.  Sign up ASAP to get the volunteer positions and times best for you.  We need as much volunteer help as possible in order to make this meet run smooth.
Upcoming Meets:


Zone 3 Championships (Oct 19-21 @ Cunningham Pool)
Online entries are open!  This is our Fall Championship meet and all qualified VJO swimmers are expected to attend Zone 3 Championships on October 19-21. All simmers must meet the minimum time standard found on the meet sheet (~ around “B” time). Please see the meet sheet for more details.  To Enter Online:  Deadline to enter online is Thursday October 11th 2012.
Parents:   Sign-up today!  Sign- up sheets for meet set-up, meet clean-up, and snack bar have been placed in the Shark Tank area at the pool.  Sign up ASAP to get the volunteer positions and times best for you.  We need as much volunteer help as possible in order to make this meet run smooth.
Marin Pirates Senior II Meet  (Oct 6-7 at Indian Valley College Pool)
Online entries are now open for the Marin Pirates Senior II Meet on Oct 6-7.  This meet is only recommended for Senior Group Swimmers with qualifying Senior II time standards  Enter online @ Swim Connection: HTTP://OME.SWIMCONNECTION.COM/PC/MP20121006 Online Meet Entries: The Deadline is 11:59 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 26th, 2012.
VJO C/B/A Meet (Nov 2-4 at Cunningham Pool)
This meet will fill up fast! Don’t miss your chance to enter!
Online entries are now open for our VJO C/B/A home Meet on Nov 2-4.  Our VJO home Meet is recommended for all VJO swimmers.  The meet will be held at our Cunningham Pool. To Enter online go to: Meet Entry Deadline: Online entries are due by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, October 25, 2012.
Save the Date:
  • Sept 27    -   Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-7pm)
  • Sept 29th  -   Breakout Swim Clinic (9am-1pm)
  • Sept 29th  -   Awards Banquet (5:00pm at Vallejo Elks Lodge)
  • Oct 6-7   -     Marin Pirates Meet (Senior II Meet at Indian Valley College Pool)
  • Oct 19-20  -  Zone 3 Championships (Cunningham Pool)
  • Oct 26   -      Halloween Party (at Jesse Bethel HS)
  • Oct 31    -    Special Halloween Practice
  • Nov 2-4   -   VJO C/B/A Meet (at Cunningham Pool)
  • Nov 30- Dec 2  -  Junior Olympic Championships (14 & under at Morgan Hill Aquatics Complex)
  • Dec 7-9   -   Short Course Championships (Sr II Trials & Finals @ Walnut Creek)
  • Dec 7-9   -   Neptune Swimming C/B/A Meet
  • Dec 20    -   Christmas Party (at Jesse Bethel HS)