Weekly Mailer
Dear VJO Swimmers and Parents,
Short Course Senior Championships Meet Re-CapCont…
I was brought to my attention that I forgot to mention last week another team record that was broken at the Short Course Senior Champs Meet on Dec 7-9. Along with Dylan Powell setting two new VJO team records in the 200 fly and 400 IM, we also had a third team record set in the women’s 17-18 200 back. I deeply apologize for not including this last week.
Kelley Henderson set a new team record in the 200 back with a 2:15.10.  She broke Mary Ellis’s 1989 VJO record of 2:15.43.  Way to go Kelley!
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 Phillip West Aquatics Center and the Solano Community College Pool.  The American Canyon Phillip West Aquatics Center 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 the SASO team practices.  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. 
The coaches will be very understand and flexible with practice times. We understand these practice times may not be ideal for everyone, but we will try to be as accommodating as possible.  Our number one goal is to be able to keep everyone swimming during the Holidays.  Swimmers in Tuffy, Sam, and Hilary’s Group are not expected to swim the entire hour and a half, we have simply extended the practice time to accommodate as many people as possible.   A specific practice schedule has been listed below.  If you have questions please talk to your coach.
Practice Schedule Dec 14-28
Mon Dec 17th- American Canyon Pool
Tuffy & Hilary’s Group 4:30-6pm
       Solano College
Senior & Age Group 4:30-6:30pm
Sam’s Group / Younger kids 5:00-6:30pm
Tues Dec 18th- American Canyon Pool
Tuffy & Hilary’s Group 4:30-6pm
        Solano College
Senior & Age Group 4:30-6:30pm
Sam’s Group / Younger kids 5:00-6:30pm
Wed Dec 19th- American Canyon Pool
Tuffy & Hilary’s Group 4:30-6pm
       Solano College
Senior & Age Group 4:30-6:30pm
Sam’s Group / Younger kids 5:00-6:30pm
Thur Dec 20th- No Practice (Christmas Party at Wardlaw Elementary 6-9pm)
Fri Dec 21st- American Canyon Pool
Seniors & Age Group 4-6pm
Tuffy, Sam, & Hilary’s Group 4:30-6pm
Mon Dec 24th  - No Practice - Happy Holidays!
Tues Dec 25th   - No Practice - Happy Holidays!
Wed Dec 26th   - No Practice - Happy Holidays!
Thurs Dec 27th    - Combined Practice (All Groups 6:00-7:30pm)
Fri Dec 28th   -  12 Days of Christmas Strip Off (All Groups 6:00-7:30pm)
Strip Off Rules  All swimmers will wear 12 articles of clothing to swim in (tank top, short sleeve shirt, sweat shirt, shorts, pants, 2 socks, 2 shoes, 2 gloves, hat/beanie). The Senior Group will be able to take one article of clothing off every 200 yards, Age Group will be able to take one article of clothing off every 150 yards, Sam, Hilary and Tuffy’s Group will be able to take one article of clothing off every 100 yards.  You keep swimming until every article of clothing has been taken off.   Parents bring your cameras; you will be getting some great pictures.
Mon Dec 31th  - No Practice - Happy New Years!
Tues Jan 1st    - No Practice - Happy New Years!
American Canyon - Phillip West Aquatics Center
Location:  100 Benton Way, American Canyon, CA 94503
Solano Community College  Pool
Location:  4000 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield CA 94534
Parking Instruction:
  • Daily parking permits are required and may be purchased at parking meters located in each student lot for $1/daily (4 quarters may be required).
  • All swim team members must park in student lots and swimmers must be walked to and from the pool with parent supervision. The closest student lots are #5 and the East Lot near the soccer and softball fields. PARKING, STOPPING, DROP-OFF, AND PICK-UP IS NOT PERMITTED IN RED ZONES, FACULTY/STAFF, OR COSMETOLOGY LOTS. NO STOPPING ALLOWED IN THE RED ZONE TURNABOUT. Special permits are required in faculty lots 24 hours a day; including after hours, weekends, and holidays.
Christmas Party RSVP
We have a total of 73 RSVP’s so far!   Please RSVP by tomorrow, Tuesday Dec 18th 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 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.
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.
What to do if you take a break?
If your son or daughter plans to take a break from swimming with VJO please make sure you notify the team via email or written notice two weeks in advance.  Please email our Membership Chair, Diane Powell ([email protected] ) and Treasurer, Dora Tang ([email protected] ) the dates you son or daughter will not be swimming.  This can also be done clicking the contact us on our team website,  where your email will notify the same individuals. You will also need to pay a $10 inactive fee during the months your child is not swimming.  Paying the inactive fee will enable you to join back at any time without having to pay the family member fee again.  Thank you!
Upcoming Meets:
Tri MeetVJO / SASO / QUIK -  Sat January 19th (Cunningham Pool at 10:30-1:30pm)
This meet will be open to all swimmers on our team.  The meet will be starting around 10:30am and will last until around 1:30pm.  Swimmers will be allowed to swim 3 events.  Meet sheets and Entry Forms will be available in January.
Save the Date:
  • Dec 14-21   -  Cunningham  Pool Closed (Practice 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 at 10:30am)
  • 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)