Weekly Mailer

Dear VJO Swimmers and Parents,


Great Job at Junior Olympic Championships!
Our swimmers still came out shining even after all the gloomy weather.  Last weekend VJO took 8 swimmers to the 14 & Under 2012 Junior Olympic Championships in Morgan Hill, CA.  The weather there was defiantly something else. On Sunday we had a three hour delay due to high winds and power outages, but the meet still went on.  Anything is possible when our swimmers are able to overcome the crazy weather and achieved 5 new best times.  Great job swimmers!  Thank you, Abigail Argueta (10), Bobby Hilton (12), Maya Hunter (9), Sam Man (12), Alyssa Powell (13), Elina Rosario (13), Alexander Viray (13), and Mitchell Zia (14), for representing Vallejo Aquatics Club at the 2012 Winter Junior Olympic Championships.
Abigail Argueta (10) 100 Breast 1:38.38
Bobby Hilton (12) 50 Breast 37.59
Maya Hunter (9) 50 Free 31.67
Sam Man (12) 50 Back 31.78, 100 Breast 1:20.35, & 100 IM 1:12.77
Alyssa Powell (13) 100 Back 1;06.23, 200 Back 2:25.36, 100 Fly 1:04.02, 200 Fly 2:24.77, 200 IM 2:25.28, & 400 IM 5:02.59
Elina Rosario (13) 100 Breast 1:14.09, 200 Breast 2:40.61, & 100 Fly 1:05.68
Alexander Viray (13) 1000 Free 11:29.99
Mitchell Zia (14) 100 Breast 1:09.17
Upcoming Events:
Cunningham Pool Closed Dec 14-26
The Cunningham Pool will be closed Dec 14-26 to install a new boiler and pump.  Our swim team will still be having practice during this time.  We have reserved space at both the American Canyon Community Pool and the Solano Community College Pool.  The American Canyon pool is a warm indoor facility, great for younger swimmers, but can get too hot for the older swimmers.  To accommodate the older swimmers we have also reserved space at the Solano Community College Pool where SASO practice.  During this time Jennifer and Sam will be coaching our swimmers at Solano and Tuffy and Hilary will be coaching our swimmers at the American Canyon pool.   A general practice schedule has been listed below.  More specific practice detail will be emailed out shortly.
Practice Schedule Dec 14-21
Fri Dec 14th - American Canyon Pool 4-6pm
Mon Dec 17th - American Canyon Pool 4:30-6pm  / Solano College 4:30-6:30
Tues Dec 18th - American Canyon Pool 4:30-6pm / Solano College 4:30-6:30
Wed Dec 19th - American Canyon Pool 4:30-6pm / Solano College 4:30-6:30
Thur Dec 20th - No Practice (Christmas Party 6-9pm)
Fri Dec 21st - American Canyon Pool 4-6pm
Christmas Party RSVP
Please RSVP for the Christmas Party online or by the paper form. RSVP paper forms should be turned into the Miguel File Folder.  We need to know how many are attending, so we can better plan for table set-up, the craft project & drinks. Don't forget to bring a white elephant item for the auction too!  The details are below:
Date: Thursday, Dec 20th 2012
Location: Wardlaw Elementary School - 1698 Oakwood Ave - Vallejo
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
White Elephant Auction:The White Elephant Auction is lead by Coach Tuffy as the auctioneer. For those who are new to the team the auction is a VJO tradition. Please bring a slightly used or new item that will be auctioned to the highest bidder. Most items go for less than $10 but with your generosity you may bid higher. The proceeds will go to a local charity.
Craft Project:There will also be a ginger bread decorating contest for the kids!
Potluck Assignments:
Hillary's Group:  Dessert   
Age Group:  Main Dish  
Senior Group:  Main Dish
Tuffy/Sam's Group by last name:                    
A - LSide Dish or Salad                                      
M - RDessert                                                      
S - YMain Dish
Contact MaryLou Miguel - email [email protected], if you can arrive at 5:30pm to help with set-up or with the craft project with the kids.
Tuffy’s Group Combined Practice on Fridays 5:45-7:00pm
Starting last Friday Nov 30th Tuffy’s 5:30pm & 6:30pm groups will have a combined practice every Friday from 5:45-7:00pm.  Sam’s Group however, will practice at their regular 5:30-6:30pm time.
USA Swimming - PacSwim Registration Renewal Due!
Swimmers it is time to re-new your USA Swimming -  PacSwim membership. We need the payment in ASAP!  We have only received 3 checks so far.  The cost is $65 per swimmer.  All new swimmers that have join the team from Sept – Nov 2012 have already taken care of this payment, and have received their new 2013 card already.  Please turn in payment to VJO lock box in Shark Tank no later than Thurs December 13th.
If your PacSwim Membership is not renewed, swimmers will not be eligible to swim in meets or at practice in January.
Breast Cancer Awareness Caps
VJO is still selling Breast Cancer Awareness Caps for the month of October. The proceeds will be donated to a Breast Cancer Foundation. The caps are being sold on a first come first serve basis. We still have silicone caps ($15.00) available. If you are interested please fill out the form and place the form and a check made out to VJO in the Henderson file. Breast Cancer cap order forms have been placed in family file folders, extras can be found in the front of the file folder box. Thanks so much for helping this great cause!
Upcoming Meets:
Neptune Swimming “Swim Like the Dickens”  (Dec 7-9 at Santa Rosa Junior College)
This meet is already CLOSED.  The meet has already reached max capacity and is full.  For those attending, this meet will be held at the Santa Rosa Junior College indoor pool.   For more meet information see the meet sheet at: .
Short Course Senior Championships(Sr II Trials/Finals at DVC)
The Short Course Senior Championships Meet Dec 7-9 at DVC is CLOSED for entries.  This meet was open to Senior Group swimmers with qualifying Sr II time standards.  Sr II time standards can be found on the meet sheet or online at  For more meet info go to:
Location:Lehmer’s Pontiac/GMC Aquatics Center at Diablo Valley College, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill, CA, 94523. 
Time:  Competition begins at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. Friday warm-ups are from 3:00 to 3:50 p.m. The Saturday and Sunday sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. each day, with warm ups from 7:30 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. Finals for Saturday and Sunday’s events will begin at 4:00 p.m., with warm-ups from 3:00 to 3:50 p.m.  
Entries:The 1000 Free, 1650 Free, 400 IM, and relays will be swum as timed finals. Positive check-in required for all finals. Trials and finals will be swum for all other events. A Championship Final, Consolation Final and Bonus Final will be swum in that order. Swimmers may compete in a maximum of three (3) events per day.



Save the Date:

  • Dec 7-9      -   Short Course Senior Championships (Sr II Trials & Finals @ DVC)
  • Dec 7-9      -   Neptune Swimming C/B/A Meet
  • Dec 14-21   -  Cunningham Pool Closed (Practice to be held at Am Cyn and Solano College)
  • Dec 20        -  Christmas Party (6-9pm at Wardlaw Elementary School, No Practice)
  • Dec 24-26   -  No Practice  (Happy Holidays!)
  • Dec 27        -  Combined Practice (All Groups 6-7:30pm
  • Dec 28        -  12 Days of Christmas Strip Off 6-7:30pm
  • Dec 31-Jan 1  -  No Practice (Happy New Year!)
  • Jan 19        -  Tri Meet @ Cunningham Pool  ? (TBA)
  • Jan 26        -  Team Ice Skating
  • Jan 31        - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5:00-6:30pm)
  • Feb 16      -  Spaghetti Feed & Talent Show
  • Feb 18       -  No Practice  (Happy Presidents Day!)
  • Feb 22-24  -  VJO C/B/A Meet (Cunningham Pool)
  • Feb 25       -  No Practice (Day After Home Meet)
  • Feb 28       -  Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-6:30pm)
  • Mar 2         - Zone All Star Development Meet (Carson City, Nevada)
  • Mar  9-10   - QUIK C/B/A Meet (Rohnert Park, CA)
  • Mar 15-17  - Junior Olympic Championships (San Ramon, CA)
  • Mar 28       -  Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-6:30pm)
  • April 4-7     -  Far Western Championships (Morgan Hill, CA)
  • April 13      - Team Bowling (Stars Bowling, Vacaville)
  • April 19-21  - VJO C/B/A Meet  (Cunningham Pool)
  • April 22      -  No Practice (Day After Home Meet)
  • April 25      -  Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-7pm)
  • April 27-28 -  10 & Under Championships (Sunnyvale, CA)
  • May 18-19  - QUIK C/B/A Meet (Rohnert Park, CA)
  • May 30       - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-7pm)