Welcome Back VJO!
Welcome Back VJO Families!
We hope everyone had a fun and relaxing break.  Today, Monday, August 21st is the first day of Fall Practice. We are very excited to see everyone back at the pool today. Please remember some groups’ practice times have changed, so please take a look at the practice schedule below:
NEW Fall Practice Schedule - Starting Monday, August 21st (1st day of Fall Practice)
Pre-Team - Coach Chigusa
5:30-6:15pm Mon-Thurs
Hammerheads 1 - Coach Laurie
5:30-6:15pm Mon-Fri
Hammerheads 2 - Coach Laurie
6:30-7:30pm Mon-Fri
Leopard Sharks – Coach Maureen
4:30-5:30pm M/W/F
4:30-6pm T/TH (dryland 4:30-5:00pm swim 5-6pm)
Mako Sharks – Coach Jennifer
6:30-7:30pm M/W/F
6:00-7:30pm T/TH (dryland 6:00-6:30pm, swim 6:30-7:30pm)
Junior Group – Coach Maureen
5:30-7:30pm M/W/F (dryland 5:30-6pm, swim 6-7:30pm)
6:00-7:30 T/TH
Junior 2 Group – Coach Jennifer
4:00-6:00pm M-F (dryland 4-4:30pm, swim 4:30-6pm)
Senior Group – Coach Jennifer
5:45-7:00am W/F (Starting Oct 4th)
4:00-6:30pm M/W/F (dryland 4-4:30pm, swim 4:30-6:30pm)
4:00-6:00pm T/TH (dryland 4-4:30pm, swim 4:30-6:00pm)
SHARK PRIDE DAY & ICE CREAM SOCIAL – Thursday August 31st 5-7pm
Thursday, August 31st is Shark Pride Day. On this day all groups will be swimming together from 5:00-7:00pm.  Everyone will be warming up together working on skills together and playing games together.  Show off your Shark spirit!  Wear your turquoise team shirt to school, around town and to practice on this day. 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.  See you there!
The Fall VJO General Membership Meeting (Parent Meeting) will be held on Saturday September 9th from 9:30-11:30am in the Portable Buildings next to the pool.  Coffee and pastries will be provided.  This is meeting is MANDATORY for ALL PARENTS to attend. We will be voting on and discussing important items.  A detailed agenda will be sent out before the meeting.
Important Topics:
Voting on New Board Positions
VJO Treasury Report & 2017/2018 Budget (How is VJO doing?)
New Team Policies
Fall Events/Meet Schedule
Upcoming October Meet
October Meet Job Sign ups
Swim –A-Thon Recap
Grant/ Sponsorship Updates
Becoming a Team Sponsor
***There will be a combined Saturday practice during the meeting for all groups on this day from 9:30-11:30am***
FITTER & FASTER SWIM CLINIC with Olympian Molly Hannis-  Sept 16-17 ***ALMOST FULL***
The Fitter & Faster Swim Clinic with Molly Hannis is almost full. Please sign up ASAP if you havent yet. This is a once in a life time opportunity for our VJO swimmers to have Olympian Molly Hannis at our home pool.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - We need 4 volunteers each session to help check in swimmers. A Clinic discount can be provided to those that volunteer.

The Fitter and Faster Swim Tour is coming to Vallejo, CA on September 16 & 17 for a swim clinic taught by Olympic breaststroker Molly Hannis!


Molly will be teaching the key components to a fast and efficient technique in breaststroke and open turns



Breaststroke is a highly technical stroke that requires a lot of strength, flexibility, and patience. 2016 Olympian Molly Hannis has mastered the intricacies of breaststroke. Learn drills, exercises, and strategies from this Olympic swimmer to help you find YOUR best breaststroke technique!

Molly will lead three sessions designed for competitive swimmers of all ages and ability levels:

  • Ages 9 & Under
    Saturday, September 16th
    Check-in: 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    Event: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

  • Ages 10 - 12
    Saturday, September 16th
    Check-in: 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
    Event: 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Ages 13 & Over
    Sunday, September 17th
    Check-in: 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    Event: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Click the link below for more details on the curriculum!


Molly Hannis has made her mark on swimming after becoming an NCAA champion as well as an Olympian in breaststroke. She continuously is known for finding unique and brilliant ways to think outside of the box to swim faster. Molly is a wealth of knowledge that all swimmers will benefit from. 


Inquisitive Swimmers are Fast Swimmers

Our Annual VJO Awards Banquet will be held Sunday, September 24th from 5-9pm at the SPSV Cafeteria. We invite and encourage everyone to attend this fun and exciting event.  All swimmers (new and returning) will be recognizing for their achievements over the last year (Sept 2016-Aug2017). This is a semi-formal potluck dinner. A team email and flyer will be sent out soon.
WHEN: Sunday, September 24th 2017
TIME: 5-9pm
WHERE: St. Patrick - St. Vincent High School Cafeteria (1500 Benicia Rd Vallejo CA)
Semi Formal Attire
Potluck Dinner assignments to be announced
VJO C/B/A+ MEET “Tuffy Williams Classic” – October 13-15 ***NOW OPEN***
Our VJO C/B/A + Meet on October 13-15th is NOW OPEN for ENTRIES!  This is our team meet for the month of October and our first meet of the season. This meet is recommended for ALL VJO swimmers.  Please sign up ASAP. We are very excited to announce there will be RELAYS offered in our October 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: Friday- Please arrive at 3:30pm. Saturday and Sunday -Please arrive at 7:15am each day. Warm-ups will start at 7:30am on Saturday and Sunday 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, JR, & 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.
Aug 21               - First Day of Fall Practice
Aug 31               - Shark Pride Day & Ice Cream Social (All Groups, 5-7pm)
Sept 2                - Saturday Practice (9:30-11:30am)
Sept 4                - NO PRACTICE (Happy Labor Day!)
Sept 9                - Mandatory General Membership Meeting (9:30-11:30am, Portable Buildings)
                              Combined Practice 9:30-11:30am (ALL Groups)
Sept 16-17         - Fitter & Faster Swim Clinic with Olympian Molly Hannis ***CLOSEING SOON***
Sept 24               - 2017 Awards Banquet (5-9pm, SPSV Cafeteria)
Sept 22               - Breast Cancer Cap & T-Shirt Order Forms Due
Sept 28               - Shark Pride Day (5-7pm, All Groups)
Sept 30- Oct 1    - Marin Pirate SR Open Meet (SR Group, Indian Valley College)
Oct 7                     - Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser (8-10am, Vallejo Applebee’s)
Oct 12                  - Parka Order Forms Due
Oct 13-15             - VJO Tuffy Williams Fall Classic C/B/A Meet (All Groups, Cunningham Pool)
                              ***NOW OPEN***
Oct 16                   - NO PRACTICE (Meet Recovery day)
Oct 21                   - Diversity Camp (Junior and Senior Group)
Oct 26                   - Halloween Party / Shark Pride Day (5-7pm, All Groups)
Oct 31                   - NO PRACTICE (Happy Halloween!)
Nov 2                  - Hot Chocolate Night Starts! (Every Thursday in Winter)
Nov 11-12          - Napa Valley Swim Team C/B/A Meet (All Group, Vintage HS)
Nov 18-19          - TERA SR Open Meet (Senior Group, Concord)
Nov 23-24          - NO PRACTICE (Happy Thanksgiving)
Nov 30                - Shark Pride Day (5-6:30pm, All Groups)
Dec 1-3             - Junior Olympic Championships 14 & Under (Qualifying, Morgan Hill)
Dec 2-3             - PIRN C/B/A Meet (All Groups, Rohnert Park)
Dec 8-10           - WCAB Senior 2 Championships (Qualifying Seniors, Pleasant Hill)
Dec 16               - Holiday Party
Jan 13-14       - Winter Zone 3 Championships (Qualifying Meet, Santa Rosa Junior College)
Jan 15             - NO PRACTICE (MLK Holiday)
Jan 26-28       - VJO C/B/A + Meet (All Groups, Cunningham Pool)