Weekly Mailer
We would like to wish a special GOOD LUCK to all our Zone 3 Championship swimmers. This weekend we have 38 VJO swimmers qualified and attending Zone 3 Championships at the Santa Rosa Junior College.
Good luck to Abby Argueta, AJ Caberto, Arren Caberto, Luca Carmichael, Luciana Carmichael, Sasha Carmichael, Daniel Chavez, Zoe Crowder, Gabriel Cueva, Raffy Cueva, Jay Delacruz, Ethan Delange, Raffy Dimalanta, Rian Dimalanta, Mikaela Gomez, Alexandra Grant, Maya Hunter, Nathan Jellison, Sota Kanzan, Mackenzie Kawashiri, Makala Lopez, Ally Luna, Amanda Luna, Sam Man, Beyah Matteo, Eliana Matteo, Selene Pangelinan, Olivia Pettit, Alyssa Powell, Jericho Putong, Nia Ramos, Trinity Rivera, Elina Rosario, Ethan Rosario, Abby Sapida, Alyssa Sapida, Angel Sapida, and Luvpreet Singh. Go SHARKS & Swim Fast!
This Monday, January 15th is MLK Holiday. There will be no VJO practice on this day.
SHARK PRIDE DAY – Thur Jan 26th
Thursday, January 26th is Shark Pride Day. On this day all groups will be swimming together from 5:00-6:30pm. Everyone will be warming up together working on skills together and playing games together.  We will do fun games and relays at the end. Show off your Shark spirit!  We want to encourage team unity by having the entire swim team practice together.  This will be a team building day with a great opportunity to get to know swimmers in other groups.  
We need your family’s RSVP for the VJO Holiday Brunch. Please RSVP as soon as possible to the Raymond file folder.
When: Saturday, January 21th, 2017
Where: 477 Canyon Creek Road, American Canyon, CA
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Potluck assignment by last name
A – G Main Dish (eggs, pancakes, breakfast casseroles, waffles, etc.)
H – R Sides (fruit, bacon, sausage, etc.)
S – Z Drinks (juice, milk, hot chocolate, coffee, tea, water, chocolate milk, etc.)
White Elephant Auction
The White Elephant Auction is a VJO tradition; bring a gently used item from home that might be of interest to another. We will auction it off to the highest bidder and proceeds will go to a local charity.
R.S.V.P. - to the Raymond File Folder by January 7th 2017
Keep your attendance up and you will get a VJO Polar Bear Club T-Shirt and more!  VJO is bringing back the Polar Bear Club next month in an effort to help motivate and encourage our swimmers to keep swimming during the Winter. The Polar Bear Club will start December 1st and run through February 28th. During this time the coaches will track swimmers practice attendance and give out prizes for those swimmers hitting the following attendance goals over the 3 month period. 
Each Group has separate attendance goals bases on those groups’ expectations. Meets, Social Events and Saturday Practices will be given as extra credit attendance days. Prize levels are as follows: 
  • Prize Level 1 – Polar Bear Club Bumper Sticker
    • Attend at least one practice in Dec, Jan & Feb
  • Prize Level 2 - Bini Baby & Polar Bear Club Bumper Sticker
    • Meet following attendance requirements for each group for Dec-Feb:
      • Hammerheads 1 - 50%
      • Hammerheads 2 - 60%
      • Mako Sharks - 70%
      • Leopard & Age Group – 80%
      • Senior -90%
  • Prize Level 3 – Polar Bear Club T-Shirt, Bini Baby, & Bumper Sticker
    • Meet following attendance requirements for each group for Dec-Feb:
      • Hammerheads 1 - 70%
      • Hammerheads 2 - 75%
      • Mako Sharks - 80%
      • Leopard & Age Group – 90%
      • Senior -100%
2016 Winter Zone 3 Championships will be held on Jan 14-15 at the INDOOR Santa Rosa Junior College Pool.  This is a great indoor facility with lots of indoor seating for teams. This will be a team scored meet and is our Winter Championship Meet. There will also be lots of relays! This will be prelims only Championship Meet, there will be NO finals.
LOCATION: Quinn Swim Center, Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 
HOTEL: For families interested in staying the night in Santa Rosa during Zone 3 Championships, Vallejo Aquatic Club will be staying at the Best Western Wine Country Inn & Suites on Saturday Jan 14th. Just call the number below to make your hotel reservation today. Make sure to give them the discount code to get this special rate.
Best Western Wine Country Inn & Suites
870 Hopper Ave, Santa Rosa CA 95403
When you call (707)545-9000 to make your reservation give them the discount code “GP10” to get this special rate.
2 Queen Beds - $122.39
1 King Bed - $122.39
Suit (2 Queen Beds or 1 King Bed with pull out sofa) - $159.00
All rooms include free full breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking
TEAM DINNER: We will be having a team dinner Saturday night after the meet. The team dinner will be at 4pm at Mary’s Pizza Shack on 4th Street in Santa Rosa. We have the back room reserved for our team.
FEBRUARY FROST MEET – February 10-12
Our VJO February Frost C/B/A Meet on February 10-12 is OPEN for ENTRIES!  This is our team meet for the month of February and is recommended for ALL VJO swimmers.  Please sign up ASAP. We are very excited to announce there will be RELAYS offered in our February Meet! These relays will be very fun for our swimmers. Please note the VJO coaches will enter swimmers in relays, parents and swimmers will not be entering these. Meet Sheet & Info Attached
TIME: Please arrive at 7:15am each day. Warm-ups will start at 7:30am and the meet will start at 9:00am each day. Remember parking is easier the earlier you arrive.
LOCATION: Cunningham Pool
EVENTS: Please speak with your coach if you have questions about what events to enter.
Loepard, Mako, AG, & SR: Please enter 3 events a day (one challenging event, one favorite event and one to keep you well rounded).
Hammerhead 1 & 2: Please only enter events you are ready for. Entering swimmers in events they are not ready for can be very discouraging and causes un-needed paperwork for our officials. Talk to your coach first.
10 & Under Championships
The 10 & Under Championships Meet is NOW OPEN ONLINE for ENTRIES. The meet will be held on Saturday, February 4th in Sunnyvale CA.  This is a qualifying meet. All 10 & Unders most have achieved the qualifying time standard to enter. Meet Sheet and time standards are attached.
ENTRY DEADLINE: Wednesday, Jan 25th at 11:59pm
LOCATION: Sunnyvale Swim Complex @ Fremont High School, 1279 Sunnyvale Saratoga Rd, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
TIME: Arrive at 7:15am, Warm-up with team at 7:30am. Meet will start at8:30am.
TIME STANDARDS: (time standard sheets are also attached)
6&Unders must have achieved a Pacific Swimming 8-UN “B” Time for their gender. (
7-8 Year Olds:  must have achieved a Pacific Swimming 8-UN “A” Time for their gender. (
9-10 Year Olds: must have achieved the “BB” time for their gender in the event per the 2013-16 USA Swimming Motivational Time Standards.
RELAYS: There will be relays at this meet. Our coaches will enter as many relays as possible. Relays depend on the number of VJO swimmers entered.
Please talk to your coach if you have questions about the 10 & Under Champs
Jan 6              - NO PRACTICE (Coaches gone to Clinic)
                          Senior Group Practice 3:30-6pm                      
Jan 6-8           - NorCal Coaches Clinic (Napa, CA)
Jan 14-15       - Winter Zone 3 Championships (Qualifying Meet, SRJC)
Jan 16            - NO PRACTICE (MLK Holiday)
Jan 21            - VJO Holiday Party Brunch (10am-1pm, 477 Canyon Creek Rd. American Canyon)
Jan 26            - Shark Pride Day (5-6:30pm, All Groups)
Feb 4              - 10 & Under Champs (Qualifying Meet, Sunnyvale) 
Feb 10-12       - VJO February Frost Meet (Cunningham Pool, All Groups)
Feb 13            - NO PRACTICE (Meet Recovery Day)
Feb 18            - Saturday Morning Practice ***JUST ADDED***
SR & AG 8-10am
LS & MS 8:30-10am
H1 & H2 9-10am
Feb 20            - NO PRACTICE (Presidents Day Holiday) ***JUST ADDED***
Feb 23            - Shark Pride Day (5-6:30pm, All Groups) ***JUST ADDED***
Feb 25            - VJO Goes to the Movies “Batman Lego Movie” (Vallejo Theaters, Time TBA) ***JUST ADDED***
Mar 5              - Zone All Star Meet (Qualifying Meet, Cunningham Pool, VJO Hosting)
Mar 10-12       - Junior Olympic Championships (Qualifying Meet, Carson City, NV)
Mar 18-19       - WCAN Meet (All Groups, Vintage HS)
Mar 25            - VJO Spaghetti Feed, Talent Show & Desert Contest (Location and Time TBA) ***JUST ADDED***
Mar 30            - Shark Pride Day (5-6:30pm, All Groups) ***JUST ADDED***
Mar 30-Ap 2   - Far Western Championships (Qualifying Meet, Pleasanton)
April 7-9         - Westside Aquaducks Long Course Meet (All Groups, Petaluma)
May 20-22       - VJO Long Course Meet (Cunningham Pool, All Groups)