Weekly Mailer
Make sure to get your REAL Champs entries turned in today. All paper consolidated entry forms must be turned in by today Tuesday, July 24th by 7:30pm to the manila folder at the pool.  The manila folder can be found hanging on the team bulletin board next to the Shark Tank. See "Upcoming Meets" sectionan below for more details.
We would like to wish a special “GOOD LUCK” to our 7 VJO swimmers that are qualified and competing at the 2018 Long Course Far Western Championships. The meet will be held at the Campolindo High School Pool in Moraga this Thursday through Sunday. Yes you read correctly it is a 4 day long meet. Teams will be coming from all over the Nation and from out of the country to compete at this elite Age Group level meet. If you have time, come on down and help cheer on our VJO swimmers. Good luck to Gabe Cueva (13), Raffy Cueva (10), Mikaela deVera-Gomez (14), Amanda Luna (10) Nathan Jellison (16), Eliana Matteo (15) and Jericho Putong (15). Go SHARKS!
So much fun was had at the Ukiah meet swimming and camping. The parent/coach vs officials relays were a huge highlight.  Our swimmers achieved over 122 personal best times, 15 new "B" times, 9 new "BB" times, 11 new "A" times, 2 new "JO" times, 2 new FW times and a new team record. Way to go VJO swimmers!  A big shout out to all our families for bringing food to share. Special thank you to Jose Caranza for bringing all our ez-ups and setting us up in the best location AND hauling his smoker all the way to Ukiah. Special shout out to DJ Niki Matteo for all the great music. Special shout out to Joe Sapida and Ed Kawashiri for getting up at 5 to make our swimmers a great breakfast. Lastly a big thank you to our amazing Officials Phil Grant and Mike Abegg. Great Job Sharks!!!!
***Congratulations to Mackenzie Kawashiri for setting a new team record in the 11-12 girls 200 fly at the Ukiah Meet. She swam a 2:36.54, breaking a 14 year old record, origonal set by Kaitlyn Lynch in 2004. Great job Mac n Cheese, we are so proud of you! ***
While our Age Group swimmers were competing in Ukiah, we had a Senior level swimmer competing in Southern California.  Elina Rosario (18) competed in the 2018 Speedo Sectional Championships, July 19-22 in Santa Clarita. She competed in the 100 free, 200 breast, 50 free and 100 breast. On her last day of the meet she had an incredible 100 breaststroke finals swim. She dropped almost 2 seconds with a 1:12.65 and finished 6th overall in the State. She also earned herself a first ever Summer Junior National cut and set a new team record. Way to go Elina! We are so proud of you!   Thank you for taking time out of your college carrer and continuing to represent VJO. You continue to inspire all our younger swimmers. Go SHARKS!
Thursday, July 26th (All Groups, 5-7pm)
This Thursday, July 26th is Shark Pride Day. On this day all groups will be swimming together from 5:00-7:00pm.  We want to encourage team unity by having the entire swim team practice together. 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!  Wear your turquoise team shirt to school and around town on this day. We will give all swimmers a team tattoo that are wearing their team shirt on this day. This will be a team building day with a great opportunity to get to know swimmers in other groups. 
This Thursday through Sunday (July 26-29) Coach Jennifer will be attending the 2018 Far Western Championships in Moraga with our 7 qualified VJO swimmers. While Coach Jennifer is attending the meet, Coach Sophie will be taking care of her groups. All Coach Jennifer’s groups (SR, JR2 and MS) will be practicing at the same times on Friday July 27th, her groups will just be combined with Coach Sophie’s groups.
REAL Hawaiian Luau SPIRIT WEEK (July 30-Aug 2)
Combined Practice Times for July 30st - Aug 2nd :
4:30-6:30pm – 11 & Overs
6:00-7:30pm – 10 & Unders
It’s time to start getting ready for REAL Summer Championships! The theme for REAL Championships this year is Hawaiian Luau. Start getting your Hawaiian Luau costumes ready for the REAL costume parade. We are dividing the practice times during Spirt Week by ages. Swimmers 11 years and older will practice from 4:30-6:30pm and swimmers 10 years of age and younger will practice from 6:00-7:30pm. This will enable our swimmers to be able to work together on their REAL Relays (8&Under, 9-10, 11-12 & 13 & Over) and team cheers. This will also give our older swimmers a chance to help work with some of our younger swimmers.
Monday July 30st – Team Cheer Day
On this day we will be working on our team cheers. From 6:00-6:30pm we will be doing team cheers together as a team. Make sure to bring your loud voice and team spirit.
Tuesday July 31st –  Poster Making Day
From 6:00-6:30pm on this day All Groups will create “Good Luck” posters to hang up at REAL Championships.
Wednesday Aug 1st – Relay Day
On this day we will be focusing on and running through all our relays for REAL’s. Make sure you are here this day so you can work on your relays with ALL your relay mates.
Thursday Aug 2nd  – Carbo Load Day
On this day we will be having a carbo filled potluck after practice. More info on the Carbo Load Potluck to follow soon.
This is the last week to turn in Shark-A-Thon donations.  Our current fundraising is $6,037 we are a little over halfway to our goal with only a week to go to turn in money.  Sarah Melanephy will keep updating the fundraising lane line online updated.  Keep bringing in those donation, we are almost there! There are some fantastic Swim-A-Thon prizes to be won.
Top Fundraising Efforts:
The current top fundraiser so far is Nathan Cheng with $525. In 2nd place is Katie Marsden with $516 in donations. Mackenzie Kawashiri  is in 3rd with $465 in donations  Great job and keep it up!
***LAST DAY TO TURN IN DONATIONS:  Friday, July 27th***
$150 Pledges              VJO Water Bottle
$200 Pledges              VJO Team Drawstring
$300 Pledges               VJO Team Turquoise tank top or VJO Team Turquoise Long Sleeve Shirt
$400 Pledges              VJO Team Black ¼ Zip Sweatshirt or VJO Team Turquoise Hooded Sweatshirt
$500 Pledges              VJO Team Turquoise Towel        
$600 Pledges              VJO Warm-up Jacket or VJO Sweat Shirt and Sweatpants
$700 Pledges              VJO Team Speedo Pro Backpack or VJO Team Suit
$800 Pledges              VJO Team Warm-up Jacket and Pants
                                         or Choose 2 items from the prizes Offered between $200 -$500 
$900 Pledges                VJO Team Parka
SUMMER PRE-TEAM SWIM PROGRAM 2018 (May 1st –Oct 30th 2018)
Vallejo Aquatics is excited to offer the Summer Pre-Team Swim Program; designed for beginner level swimmers wanting to join and be part of the swim team. Our Pre-Team Program will start May 1st. This program is the perfect way to learn to swim and get swim team ready. Our professional coach staff will teach you to:
  • Swim a length of the pool (25 yards) freestyle using side breathing
  • Swim and length of the pool (25 yards) backstroke without stopping
  • Learn the basics of breaststroke
  • Learn the basics of butterfly
  • Learn a front somersault
  • Learn a head first dive
Requirements: Must be able to swim a length of the pool (25 yards) and be comfortable in the deep end.
Schedule: 6:00-6:45pm Monday-Thursday 
Fees: $80 per month & $45 Pacific Swimming Summer Registration Fee (onetime fee, good for entire summer)
Interested in getting in a good swim workout in or learning how to swim more effectively? Come join our VJO Masters Swim Group on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:00pm. Met our amazing new Masters Coach Brendan Kerney.
WORKOUT TIME: Monday and Wednesdays 6:00-7:00pm
COST: $30/ month 
            $10 drop-in fee
USMS REG: Adults must be registered with US Masters Swimming to participate
COACH: Your new Masters coach is Brendan Kerney. He has been coaching for over 15 year, is a past VJO swimmer and VJO swim coach and is currently the Vallejo HS Head Swim Coach. Welcome Brendan!
The 2018 Summer Long Course Far Western Championships Meet on July 26-29th is  CLOSED for entries. The meet will be held at Campolindo High School in Moraga. This is a qualifying meet, all swimmers must have achieved the FW time standard to enter this meet.
August 3-5th 2018
LOCATION: Petaluma Swim Center, 900 E. Washington Street, Petaluma CA
ENTRY DEADLINE: Tuesday, July 24th by 7:30pm
ENTRIES: Swimmers may compete in one individual event Friday night and up to 3 individual events, plus relays on Saturday and Sunday.   Team entries will be done by Hy-Tek Team Manager so all paper consolidated entry forms must be turned in by Tuesday, July 24th by 7:30pm to the manila folder at the pool.  The manila folder can be found hanging on the team bulletin board next to the Shark Tank.
 -  Swim your best events! This is a Championship Meet and we are going for points. Talk to your coach if you have any questions on what events to swim.
-  All swimmers entered in meet will be ENTERED IN RELAYS unless coaches are otherwise informed. Count on being in a relay.
RELAYS: Coaches will enter the relays.  We will put ALL entered VJO swimmers in relays, so please notify the coaches if you are not able to be in a relay.  VJO will cover the cost of relays. 
START TIME: Swimmer are expected to arrive by 3:45pm to warm-up on Friday and arrive on Saturday and Sunday morning by 7:30am to warm-up. The meet will start at 5:00pm on Friday and 9:00am on Saturday and Sunday. The start time of finals (~4pm) will be announced each morning.
FINALS: The top 16 swimmers in each event will move on to swim in finals. All 8 & Under events and 9-10 relays will be swum as timed finals (in the morning session). Longer events will also be swum as timed finals.  Please check the meet sheet for the list of timed final events.
SPIRIT AWARD & COSTUME  PARADE : The REAL theme this year is Hawaiian Luau.  We will all be dressing up in the Hawaiian Luau fashion.  Breakout your Hawaiian shirts and hula skirts. We are trying to win the SPIRT AWARD this year! There will be a Costume Parade held Saturday before finals, make sure you have your costumes ready. Lots of items you already have at home could be used for a costume. All VJO swimmers please show your team spirit and dress with the Hawaiian Luau theme for the parade.  Let’s get that SPIRIT AWARD!
SATURDAY TEAM LUNCH: On Saturday afternoon, between trials and finals we will be having a team lunch together at the pool.  More info on the team lunch will be sent out after we get a head count.
July 26             - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-7pm)
July 26-29       - Far Western Championships (Qualifying, Moraga)
July 31-Aug 2  - REAL HAWAIIAN LUAUSPIRIT WEEK (Combined Practice Times Mon-Thurs) 
4:30-6:30pm – 11 & Overs
6:00-7:30pm – 10 & Unders
Aug 3-5          - REAL SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIPS (All Groups, Petaluma Swim Center) ***DUE TODAY***
                          "Hawaiian Luau" Theme
Aug 6-19         - Team Break (No Practice)
Aug 20            - First Day of Fall Practice