Weekly Mailer
Dear Swimmers and Parents,
Happy New Year!  We hope everyone is as excited for this upcoming year as we are at VJO.    This year will bring many new and exciting meets, events, and practices.  We wish everyone the best in the 2014 Year!
Outstanding Holiday Practice
Congratulations to the following swimmers for their impeccable attendance during the Holiday practices.  These swimmers were awarded with special VJO beanies.
Monica/Will’s Group: Teresa Barba-Finocchi
Sam’s Group:     Sunny Kanzan
Abby Sapida
Alyssa Sapida
Angel Sapida
Hillary’s Group:  Bryce Yee
Gabriel Hilton
Amalia Keilholtz
Age Group:  Zoe Crowder
       Esther Hurst
Senior Group:    Evan Augst
Mirelle Augst
Zoey Fredette
Alyssa Powell
Dylan Powell
January Swimmers of the Month
The following swimmers did an outstanding job last month and will be awarded with a Swimmer of the Month cap.
Monica/Will’s Group: Alexis Gentry
Sam’s Group: Sunny Kanzan
Hillary’s Group: Bryce Yee & Amalia Keilholtz
Age Group: Esther Hurst
Senior Group: Zoey Fredette
VJO Goes Ice Skating
Make sure to mark your calendars!  Come join us on Saturday, January 25th from 2-4pm for Ice Skating at Vacaville Ice Sports Center.  More information and pricing will be available soon.
Girls VJO Team Suit for Purchase
The Villagomez Family ordered a team suit that is too small and would like to sell it.  The VJO Team suit for sale is a brand new (never worn) size 26 girls “Q Suit” with the Shark on the front.  If you are interested in purchasing this team suit please contact Jennifer Thiem at .
2014 Pacific Swimming Renewal Registration
If you have not already turned in your 2014 Pacific Swimming Registration check of $65, you will now need to re-fill out the Pacific Swimming Registration form for each swimmer.  Please see Diane Powell for registration forms. Swimmers will not be eligible to swim in 2014 if their Pac Swim registration checks are not received.  If you have any questions please call Diane Powell at 707-342-1199.
Zone 3 Winter Championships (Santa Rosa, January 18-20, 2014)
Zone 3 Winter Championships will be held at the Santa Rosa Junior College (Indoor Pool) on Sat Jan 18th- Mon 20th (MLK Holiday Weekend).  All qualified VJO swimmers are requested to attend.  Swimmers must have achieved the qualifying time standards listed in the meet sheet to swim in the meet.  The meet will be open for online sign-ups on swim connection later this week.
ENTRY DEADLINE: Deadline to enter is Wednesday, January 8, 2014.
LOCATION: Quinn Swim Center, Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA.
TIME: Prelims Session “A” (13 & Overs, and 11-12 Distance Events) for all days will begin at 8:30 AM with warm ups between 7:00 AM and 8:15 AM. Prelims Session “B (12 & Unders)” will begin no sooner than 11:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday, and no sooner than 11:30AM on Monday.
Finals: Finals each day will begin no sooner than 3:30PM or one hour after the completion of Prelims Session “B (12 & Unders)”, whichever is later. There will be warm-up available in the indoor pool before the beginning of Session “B” and before the beginning of Finals
All 8 & Under events are timed finals and will only be swam in the morning session.  8 & Under and 9-10 relays will be swam in the morning at the conclusion of prelims.  All 11 and Over relays will be swum in finals.
Hotel Rooms at Zone 3 Winter Championships 
VJO has 20 non-smoking rooms reserved with two queen beds for the nights of 1/18 & 1/19. The code name for our group is: JTA. The rooms are $85/per night plus tax.
*Reserve your room before 1/3/14 individually guaranteed by credit card.*
Hotel: Sandman Santa Rosa
Address: 3421 Cleveland Ave Santa Rosa, CA 95407
Reservations: (707) 293-2100
Questions: Contact Jennifer Thiem at or (707)292-6473
VJO C/B/A+ Meet  - Feb 7-9
Meet is open online for entries!  Our VJO C/B/A+ Meet on February 7-9 is open for entries online. All VJO swimmers are requested to attend this meet.  We will also need all our parent volunteer support to help run this meet smoothly.  The volunteer sign-up will be online soon.
Entry Deadline: Online entries will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, January 30, 2013.
Jan 18-20     - Zone 3 Winter Championships (Zone 3 Qualifiers, Santa Rosa JC)
Jan 20           - No Practice (Zone 3 Champs)
Jan 25           -  Ice Skating at (Vacaville Ice Sports Center 1:45-4:00pm)
Jan 30            - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5:00-6:30pm)
Feb 7-9          - VJO C/B/A+ Meet (Team Meet, Cunningham Pool)
Feb 10           - No Practice (Meet Recovery Day)
Feb 13-17     - Lost Dutchman Meet (Senior /Age Group, Chandler, Arizona)
Mar 1-2        -  Zone 3 All Star Meet (All Star Qualifiers, Burlingame HS)
Mar 8-9        -  Piranha Swimming C/B/A+ Meet (Team Meet, Rohnert Park)
Mar 14-16    -  Junior Olympic Championships (JO Qualifiers, Location TBA)
April 3-6        - Far Western Championships (Far Western Qualifiers, Morgan Hill, CA)
April 25-27    - VJO Long Course C/B/A+ Meet (Team Meet, Cunningham Pool)
May 15-17     - Sac-Joaquin Section Championships (Tokay HS, Lodi)
May 16-17    - North Coast Section HS Championships (Location TBA)
May 18-19    - Piranha Swimming C/B/A+ Meet (Team Meet, Rohnert Park)