Weekly Mailer
Dear Swimmers and Parents,
VJO Get 5th at Zone 3 Champs!
Last weekend Vallejo Aquatic Club competed at the 2014 Winter Zone 3 Championships in Santa Rosa.  VJO placed 5th overall and with only 32 swimmers attending.  We had many stand out performances and lots of finals swims.  Our Girls 15&Over 400 Medley Relay set a new VJO team Record with a 4:31.34. Congratulations Mirelle Augst, Sam Lanoue, Alyssa Powell, and Mary Welton. Alexandra Grant (7) achieved a new “A” time in the 50 Breast with a 55.82, Maya Hunter (10) achieved a new Far Western time in the 100 Fly with a 1:16.04, Anna Frances Reyes (9) achieved a new “A” time in the 50 Breast with a 44.68, Ethan Rosario (10) achieved a new “A” time in the 50 Breast (45.12) and a new “A” time in the 100 Breast (1:36.00), and Abby Argueta (11) achieved a new JO time in the 50 Breast with a 37.16. Hopefully next year we will have even more swimmers attending.  Results have been emailed out and posted on both the Pacific Swimming ( and Swim Connection ( ) website.   Great Job VJO!
Shark Pride Day – Thurs Jan 30th 5-6:30pm
This Thursday January 30th is Shark Pride Day!  All groups will be swimming together from 5:00-6:30pm.  The last Thursday of every month is Shark Pride Day. On this day, all VJO swimmers are encouraged to wear their turquoise team shirts to school and around town.  Show off your Shark spirit!  We want to encourage team unity by having the entire swim team practice together.  The team will be warming up, work on skills together, and playing games together.  This will be a team building day with a great opportunity to get to know swimmers in other groups. 
Starts Clinic  - Saturday Feb 1st 9-11am
Do you need help on your starts before or next VJO Meet?  Then come out and join the VJO coaches for a Starts Clinic on Saturday February 1st from 9-11am.  We will start with a video in the portable building and then work on our starts in the pool.  See you there!
Hot Chocolate Food Needed!
We are in need of many food items for Hot Chocolate Night.  Last Thursday the food was looking very scares. Please bring in anything you can.  Thank you to Coach Sam,  the Welton Family, and the Miguel Family for bring in the hot soup the last couple weeks… it was a big hit!
Food Items we need donated:
Boxes of cookies
Bags of chips
Granola bars
Homemade cookies or brownies (or anything)
Parent Volunteers Still Needed for VJO Meet
Our meet is quickly approaching, and we still have quite a few holes in our job signup sheets. The biggest needs are Colorado, Hospitality, and Marshals. Signing up is easy, either online ( )  sign in to your team account, click on events, scroll down to the Feb. meet hit job signup and sign up for the job and shift of your choice. We also have paper sign-up sheets at the pool.
VJO C/B/A+ Meet  - Feb 7-9
MEET IS ALMOST FILLED, Sign up ASAP!  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 is online
Entry Deadline: ***MEET IS ALMOST FULL***   Sign up ASAP!!!
The following swimmers did an outstanding job last month and have been awarded swimmer of the month for January.  These swimmers are also 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
Jan 30            - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5:00-6:30pm)
Feb 1             - Starts Clinic (9-11am)
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)
Feb 22           - VJO Goes to the Movies
Feb 27           - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5:00-6:30pm)
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)
March 27      - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5:00-6:30pm)
April 3-6        - Far Western Championships (Far Western Qualifiers, Morgan Hill, CA)
April 24           - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5:00-7:00pm)
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)
May 29          - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5:00-7:00pm)