Weekly Mailer
Dear Swimmers and Parents,
Theo St Francis and Family Thanks VJO!
Last week I happen to be swimming up in Napa and who do I run into at the pool… Theo St Francis himself.  Months ago our team sent Theo a “Thinking of you” poster that all our VJO swimmers signed.  For those of you that don’t know Theo St. Francis was a local swimmer (NVST & NBA) that was left paralyzed after a college class accident last year.  Theo and his mother were very touched to have received a poster from our team and couldn’t thank us enough for all of our encouraging words.  Even though Theo never swam for VJO he still remembers racing against many of our current swimmers.  It is great that our team was able to make a difference in Theo’s life and help him to persevere through the hard times.  Theo still attends regular physical therapy appointments to regain more control of his lower body, but from what I saw, he has been making some incredible strides.  Go Theo, we believe in you!
-Jennifer Thiem
AGE GROUP PRACTICE TIME CHANGE  - Fri April 18th 3:30-5:30pm
This Friday April 18th the Age Groupers will be swimming with the Senior Group from 3:30-5:30pm.  All other groups will practice at regular times. 
Introduction to Stroke & Turn Clinic – Thurs April 17th
Please join us for the introductory stroke and turn clinic hosted by Debbi Tucker, this Thursday April 17th from 5:30 to 7:30PM in the portables at Cunningham pool. Learn about the 4 strokes (what your kids actually do in the pool), what it’s like to be an official on deck, and the perks.
VJO will need several new officials to replace officials who have senior swimmers graduating and will no longer be available, and also to be sure we have enough staffing to avoid the fines that will be levied on teams that do not provide their share. A team our size should have about 10-12 to make it easier on everyone.  Please contact Alan Augst at 707.557.7300 if you have any questions.
VJO Personalized Swim Caps
You have the opportunity to order personalized swim caps for your child or yourself. These will be standard black caps with white VJO and your name under the logo. You can choose to put your first name or last name only, first name and last name initial, or first name initial and your last name. There’s a minimum of two caps per order.  Order forms can be found in your file folder.  Extra order form can be found in the front of the file founders under “Order Forms” or on our team website under the “Documents” tab.
Cost:    Latex $ 14.00/ 2 caps
Silicone $ 27.00/ 2 caps
Please fill out an order form and make the check payable to: VJO
You can place the order with your check in the “RIVERA” file.
Job Sign-up for April VJO Meet – April 25-27
Volunteers Needed for VJO Meet!!!  Parents we need help in a lot of areas still.  To Sign –up follow the link below and click on Job-up and log in to your team account.   ( )  We need parent volunteers in the following areas:
Adobo Chef (need 4 more)
Clean up (need 7 more)
Check in / Clerk of the Course (need 4 more)
Computer Room (need 2 more)
Colorado (need 3 more)
Hospitality (need 4 more)
Head Timer (need 3 more)
Meet Marshal (need 5 more)
Meet Runner (need 1 more)
Parking Attendant (mornings only, need 1 more)
Potato Baker (need 1 more)
Runners (need 1more)
Meet Set up (Tues, Wed, & Thurs, need 9 more people)
Silent Auction (need 3 more)
Snack Bar (need 5 more)
VJO Silent Auction – April 26th 9-3pm
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. 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 are still in need of more 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] )..
VJO Team Suit / Warm-up Fitting – Tues May 3rd
When: Tuesday May 3rd
Time: 3:30-7:30pm
Where: Cunningham Pool
Nor Cal Swim Shop will be at Cunningham pool on Tuesday May 3rd from 3:30-7:30pm for our VJO team suit fitting. We will be offering two different team suits again this year, the custom Q suit and a black polyester suit with embroidered team logo on front.  Both women’s team suits are available in multiple styles.  The men’s team suits are available in either Jammer or brief style.  We will also have our new team warm-ups available in both youth and adult sizes.  Order forms will be available soon.
VJO Long Course C/B/A+ Meet    - April 25th - 27th 
Our VJO Long Course Meet is CLOSED for entries! Our Long Course Meet will be held on April 25th, 26th, and 27th at the Cunningham Pool.  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 at 3:30 .m. Saturday & Sunday sessions will begin at 9:00 a.m. each day, with warm-ups starting at 7:30a.m. Shallow dive starts in competition pool from 08:40 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. under the direction of a referee and starter.
Piranha Swimming C/B/A Meet  - May 17-18
The Piranha Meet is now open online for entries.  The Piranha Meet will be held May 17-18th at the Honey Bee Pool in Rohnert Park.  This meet will fill quickly so please get signed up ASAP.  This meet is recommended for all Hammerhead and Makos Groups (Sam, Monica and Hillary’s Groups).
Please talk to your coach for event choices.
              Enter Online at:
Location: Honey Bee Pool, 1170 Golf Course Drive, Rohnert Park
Time: Please arrive at 8:00am each day for warm-ups, meet will start at 9:30am
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 22-24    - Meet Set-up (NEED ALL PARENTS 5:00-6:30pm)
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 3            - Saturday Long Course Morning Practice (7-9am)
May  6            - Team Suit Fitting (3:30-7:30pm, Cunningham Pool)
May 15-17     - Sac-Joaquin Section Championships (HS Swimmers, Tokay HS, Lodi)
May 16-17    - North Coast Section HS Championships (HS Swimmers, 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 11        - Weekday Long Course Morning Practice (M/W/F Senior & Age Group)
June 14        - Saturday Long Course Practice (7-9am)
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
July 4                 - 4th of July Parade (No Practice)
July 11-13         - Junior Olympic Championships (JO Qualifiers, San Jose, CA)
July 15               - Picture Day (Individuals @ 3:30, Team Picture @ 5:30)
July 24               - Shark Pride Day 6-7pm
July 26-27         -  Championships  (TBA)
July 30-Aug 3   - Senior Western Zone Championships (Senior Group Qualifiers, Clovis CA)
July 30- Aug 3  - Long Course Far Western Championships (FW Qualifiers, Concord, CA)
Aug 6-9        - Western Zone Age Group Championships (WZ Qualifiers, Federal Way, WA)
Aug 9-10     - REAL Championships (Team Meet, Trial /Final –Vintage HS, Napa)
Aug 11-24   - Team Break (No Practice for 2 weeks)
Aug 25         - First Day of Fall Practice
Aug 28         - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-7pm)
Aug 30         - Team Water Park Trip – Water World
Sept 1         - No Practice (Labor Day)
Sept 13       - Ukiah Dual Meet / Camping
Sept 20       - 2013 VJO Awards Banquet
Sept 25       - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-7pm)
Sept 26-28  - Marin Pirates Senior Meet (Indian Valley College)