Weekly Mailer

 Dear Swimmers and Parents,

Get signed up for the VJO Long Course Meet on April 25-27th
before it fills up! 
There are already over 500 swimmers entered in the meet.
It will be closing soon.
VJO Annual Spaghetti Feed Re-Cap
Thank you everyone that joined us for our Annual VJO Spaghetti Feed / Talent Show / Dessert Contest last Saturday March 29th.  We had a great turn out this year with over 120 people attending.  This year’s talent show was amazing again. We had everything from singing and dancing, to piano and guitar playing.  The Hammerheads Group even made a video of their VJO cheers.  Make sure you take a look at the Hammerheads video on our Facebook page. Thank you everyone that performed in our  2014 VJO talent show! 
Dessert Contest Winners
  • Best Overall - Sota & Sunny Kanzan (Blueberry Shark Cake)
  • Most Creative – Darren &Daniel Chavez (Duck Dessert)
  • Best Cupcake- Fiona Lovett  (Flower Cupcakes)
  • Judges Favorite – Ethan & Elina Rosario (Reese’s cupcake bites)
  • Best Classic Dessert – Maya Erikson (7-up Pound Cake)
Thank you to all of our Dessert Contest participants!  The desserts were all so so good. It was very hard for the judges to choose.
No Senior Group Practice on Thurs & Fri
This Thursday April 3rd and Thursday April 4th there will be no Senior Group practice from 3:30-5:30pm.  Coach Jennifer will be attending Far Western Championships with the VJO qualifiers.  Senior Groupers are asked to attend their high school practice or the 5:30-7:30pm Age Group practice.  Al other groups have regular practice.
Thank you to all that have already donated to the Silent Auction!  We are excited to announce that Vallejo Aquatic Club will host a Silent Auction at our upcoming home meet on April 26th from 9-3pm. We are asking each VJO family to donate one or more items.  All donations may be placed in the large “Silent Auction Donations” marked container in the shark tank. Please put your donations in one of the bags that will be available. If you wish to receive a tax deductible receipt, please place a note with your name, address, phone number, description of the item, and the value of the item in the bag. The needed auction items can be found on our team website under “Silent Auction” in the Events Section, a list/sign-up sheet can also be found at the pool.
We need of 5 volunteers to take Silent Auction Donation Letters around to local businesses to get donations (this is a great way to get your volunteer hours in)
Questions: Email Sarah Chavez ([email protected] ) and /or Julie Everett ([email protected] )..
This Saturday April 5th from 7-9am Coach Sam and Coach Monica will be hosting a Long Course Morning Practice.   All Groups are encouraged to attend this practice as we will not have many opportunities to swim long course before our April 25-27 VJO Long Course Meet.  Hope to see everyone there!
General Membership Meeting  - Tues April 8th from 6-7:30pm
The Spring VJO General Membership Meeting (Parent Meeting) will be held on Tuesday April 8th from 6:00 – 7:30pm in the Portable Buildings next to the pool.   ALL PARENTS are requested to attend. You do not want to miss out on the voting and information discussed.  A detailed agenda will be sent out before the meeting
Important Topics:
  • Voting on bylaws changes (sent out last week)
  • New $100 fine for not meeting officials requirements’
  • Required Volunteer Hours
  • New Team Sponsorship
  • Summer 2014 Schedule
  • Upcoming Silent Auction
  • Upcoming April Long Course Meet
  • Swim –A-Thon 2014
Far Western Championships (April 3-6, Morgan Hill, CA)
The 2014 Far Western Championships is closed for online for entries.  The meet will be held at the Morgan Hill Aquatics Complex.  Swimmers must have qualifying FW times to be eligible for this meet. 
Location: Morgan Hill Aquatic Center, 16200 Condit Road, Morgan Hill, CA
Time: Prelims: Each session will begin at 9:00 AM each day. The competition course will be open for warm-ups from  7:00-8:45 AM.  Finals: This session will begin no earlier than 1 hour after the conclusion of the preliminary session. The exact  time will be determined by the Meet Referee and Meet Director. This time will be announced as early as practical
each day.
VJO Long Course C/B/A+ Meet    - April 25th - 27th 
Our VJO Long Course C/B/A+ Meet will be filling soon!  Our Long Course Meet will be held on April 25th, 26th, and 27th at the Cunningham Pool.  Please sign up ASAP as the meet will fill before the deadline.  This is a team hosted meet and all swimmers are expected to attend.  We also need all parents on deck to help put on the meet. The Job Sign-up's tab can be found on our web site ( on the "VJO Long Course C/B/A+ Meet " events page.
TIME: Friday’s session will begin at 5:00 p.m., with warm-ups from 3:30-4:45 p.m. Saturday & Sunday sessions will begin at 9:00 a.m. each day, with warm-ups from 7:30-8:40 a.m. Shallow dive starts in competition pool from 08:40 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. under the direction of a referee and starter. Warm-up lanes will be open during supervised starts. 
Napa C/B/A+ Long Course Meet  (June 7-8)
The Napa Valley Long Course Meet is now open online for entries!  This meet tends to fill very quickly so make sure you get registered ASAP.  The meet will be held at the Napa Valley Junior College on June 7-8.  This will be one of our team designated meets for the month of June.  Swimmers from all groups are encouraged to enter this meet.  If you are unsure as to what events to enter please talk to your coach directly.
TIME: Sessions will begin at 9:00am each day, with warm ups from 7:30am to 8:45 am.
The following swimmers did an outstanding job last month and have been awarded swimmer of the month for April.  These swimmers are also awarded with a Swimmer of the Month cap.
Novice 1: Monica/Will’s Group: Daniela Wilder
Novice 1: Sam’s 6:30 Group:  Amaya Bernard
Novice 2: Sam’s 5:30 Group:  Janessa Abisia
Novice 2: Hillary’s Group: Maya Erikson
Age Group: Tess Schoonhoven
Senior Group: Brandon Miguel
April 5           - Saturday Long Course Practice (All Groups 7-9am)
April 3-6        - Far Western Championships (FW Qualifiers, Morgan Hill, CA)
April 8            - VJO General Membership Meeting (6-7:30pm, Portable Building)
April 12        - Team Bowling & Lazar Tag (Stars Bowling, Vacaville) *CANCELLED*
April 24          - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-7pm)
April 25-27   - VJO Long Course C/B/A+ Meet (Team Meet, Cunningham Pool)
April 28         - No Practice (Meet recovery Day)
May 15-17     - Sac-Joaquin Section Championships (Tokay HS, Lodi)
May 16-17    - North Coast Section HS Championships (Location TBA)
May 17-18    - Piranha Swimming C/B/A+ Meet (Team Meet, Rohnert Park)
May 24-26    - Senior Training Camp (Napa, CA)
May 26          - No Practice (Memorial Day)
May 29          - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5:00-7:00pm)
May 30-31   -  SASO Long Course Dual Meet (Solano College)
June 7-8    - Napa Valley C/B/A+ Long Course Meet (Napa Valley JC)
June 21        - Annual Pool Party & Alumni Reunion 12-4pm
June 24        - Swim-A-Thon (Senior/Age Group 3:30-5:30, Everyone Else 5:30-7:30pm)
June 26        - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-7pm)
June 27-29  - Westside Aquaducks Long Course C/B/A+ Meet