Weekly Mailer
Dear VJO Swimmers and Parents,
3 Team Records Broken & a Sectional Relay Qualified at JO’s!
Over the weekend 13 of our VJO swimmers competed at the Junior Olympic Championships in Concord, CA.Our swimmers were on fire!  We had 3 team records broken, a 400 medley relay qualified for Sectionals, 8 top 3 finishes, and many finals swims.  Competing in the meet was Abigail Argueta (10), Evan Augst (18), Mirelle Augst (15), Kelley Henderson (18), Maya Hunter (10), Sota Kanzan (14), Milton Lau (18), Brandon Miguel (17), Alyssa Powell (14), Dylan Powell (18), Elina Rosario (13), Daniel Sanderson (17), andMary Welton (17).  Over the weekend (Fri-Sun) we had 20 swims make itback into finals.  These swimmers placed in the top 8 in trials and made it back to swim again in finals in the evening. Our swimmers were swimming against some of the fastest swimmers in California, even some of those you saw on TV from Olympic Trials last year.  Milton (18) placed 2nd overall in the 100 breast with a 1:13.92, Mary (17) placed 1st overall in her 1,500 free with a 19:18.36 and 3rd overall in the 800 free with a 10:03.23, Mirelle (15) placed 3rd overall in the 1,500 free with a 20:30.15, Evan (18) placed 2nd overall in the 1,500 free with a 18:11.19, Dylan (18) placed 1st in the 400 IM with a 5:04.18, and 3rd overall in the 200 Breast with a 2:44.55, Brandon placed 3rd overall in the 400 IM with a 5:12.52
Mirelle Augst (15) broke the VJO womens’15-16 Long Course 200 back team record on Friday at Junior Olympic Champs. Mirelle went a 2:39.30, breaking Kristi Greene’s 1998 LC record.
Elina Rosario (13) broke the VJO womens’ 13-14 Long Course 200 Breast team record by over 3 seconds on Saturday at Junior Olympics.  Elina went a 2:51.21, breaking Taylor Riley’s 2006 team record.
On Sunday at JO’s Elina Rosario (13) broke the VJO womens’ 13-14 Long Course 100 Breast team record.  Elina went a 1:19.58, breaking Zoe Coles 2006 team record.
Swim-A-Thon Up-Date
As of today we have raised $7,231 for our Swim-A-Thon.  Remember our team goal is to raise $15,000...  we’ve still got a ways to go. You can collect donations all the way up to Thursday, July 25th.  Our biggest fundraiser so far is Giselle Torres.  She has raised over $510.  Great job Giselle, keep up the good work!
Upcoming Events:
Last Day for Swim-A-Thon Donations– Thurs July 25th
We will be collecting Swim-A-Thon donations all the way up to July 25th. Make sure you have your envelopes clearly marked with swimmers FIRST/LAST name. Also include a PHONE NUMBER in case we have questions.  All donations are due by: JULY 25th.   Swim-A-Thon Questions?  Call Cyndee Bogard @ 510-407-5282 or email: [email protected]
Team Picture Day – Thurs July 25th
Our Team Picture Day will be Thursday July 25th. Individual and group pictures will be taken from 4:00-5:30pm and the team picture will be at 5:30pm. Make sure to bring your turquoise team shirt for the team picture.  Individual pictures can be taken in your team suit. Picture packets will be available at the pool in the next week. Swimmers make sure you bring your suits for after, because we will be getting in the water for Shark Pride Day (6-7pm) afterwards. 
Zone 3 Championships - Open Online for Entries!
Zone 3 Champs is now open online mfor entries. See the "Upcoming Meets" section below for more meet details.
Upcoming Meets:
Ukiah Dolphins C/B/A Meet  (July 26-28) 
This will be our team meet for the month of July.  All VJO swimmers are encouraged to attend this meet... it will be a fun one!  Enter online at:
Camping:  Get your sleeping bags and marshmallows ready!  We will be camping at Bushay Recreation Area Campgrounds at Lake Mendocino.  The price is $25 per night with a maximum of 8 people plus 2 vehicle per campsite. Total of $50 per campsite for 2 nights stay (Friday July 26th & Saturday July 27th).Campsites could accommodate 2 families. If we have 2 families per campsite we can split the accommodations to $12.50 per family per night.
How to Reserve your Campsite: Any VJO families interested in camping during the Ukiah Swim Meet please contact Marylou Miguel at [email protected] or by text only (707) 373- 8771. VJO families are currently staying in the following campsites: B69, B70, B71, B72, B73, B77, B78, B81, B82
Interested in Making Your Own Reservations: Families interested in making their own reservation either call 1-877 444-6777 or go to the website, then choose Bushay Recreation Area Campground. Our families would like to stay close together. Please try to reserve the other campsites near by B83, B51, B53, B55, B79, and B80. These campsites are closer to the grassy play area and lake access.
2013 Far Western Championships (July 31 - Aug 4)
Swimmers must have achieved the Far Western time standard to enter this meet. The 2013 LC Summer Far Western Championships on August 1-5 will be held at the Frank Fiscalini International Swim Center at Independence High School, 627 North Jackson Avenue, San Jose, CA 95133. The meet is opened online for entries. 
Entry Deadline:Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Zone 3 Championships (Aug 9-11)
Zone 3 Championships is now open for entries online. This is our last meet of the summer season and everyone is expected to attend.  The meet will be held at our Vallejo Pool, so no commuting necessary. Relays will be swum on both Saturday and Sunday. All VJO swimmers should plan on being in relays unless informed otherwise by your coach.
Entry Deadline: Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Save the Date:
·        July 17-21    - Summer Sectional Championships (Santa Clarita, CA)
·        July 25          - Team Picture Day (4-6pm)
·        July 25          - Shark Pride Day 6-7pm (After Team Picture)
·        July 25          - Deadline for Swim-A-Thon Donations
·        July 26-28    - Ukiah Dolphins Meet (Ukiah, CA)
·        July 31-Aug 4– Long Course Far Western Championships (San Jose, CA)
·        Aug 7-10      - Western Zones (Roseville, CA)
·         Aug 9-11      - Zone 3 Championships (Vallejo, CA)
·        Aug 12-25    - Team Break (No Practice - 2 weeks)
·        Aug 26          - First Day of Fall Practice
·        Aug 29          - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-7pm)
·        Sept 2          - No Practice (Labor Day)
·        Sept 14        - 2013 VJO Awards Banquet
·        Sept 26        - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-7pm)
·         Sept 27-29   - VJO Short Course C/B/A Meet
·        Sept 30        - No Practice (Meet Recovery Day)