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Weekly Mailer
GREAT JOB at FAR WESTERN CHAMPS!
Over the weekend 6 of our swimmers qualified and attended the 2018 Far Western Championships in Moraga, CA.  This is one of the fastest Age Group level meets in the Nation and our Pacific Swimming LSC has the luxury of hosting this amazing meet right here in the Bay Area. The meet was a 4 day long trials and finals meet. Each evening the top 8 swimmers in every event came back to compete for points in finals. Our VJO swimmers competed against athletes from other States (Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and more) and other countries (Canada and Mexico).  Our swimmers worked hard and swam fast!  They achieved 13 new best times, 2 top 8 finishes and set 4 new team records. Great job Gabe Cueva (13), Raffy Cueva (10), Mikaela deVera-Gomez (14), Amanda Luna (10) Nathan Jellison (16) and Eliana Matteo (15). Go SHARKS!
 
 
***4 NEW TEAM RECORDS BROKEN! ***
Congratulations to Raffy Cueva (10yrs) for setting 3 new long course 9-10 boys team records over the weekend. Great work at Far Westerns Raffy, we are very proud of you!
Raffy Cueva - 9-10 boys long course 50 free with a 31.36
Raffy Cueva - 9-10 boys long course 100 free with a 1:06.98
Raffy Cueva - 9-10 boys long course 200 free with a 2:34.22
                        (23 yr old record, origonally held by Andrew Allison in 1995)
 
Congratulations to Mikaela deVera-Gomez for setting a new team record in the 13-14 girls long course 50 free, with a 28.75. She broke a 20 year old record at Far Westerns. The record was originally held by Alexis Miller in 1998. Great job Mikaela, keep up all that hard work!
 
 
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
 
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.
  REAL’s HAWAIIAN LUAU SPIRIT WEEK SCHEDULE
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. 
Carbo Load Assignments:
H1 / JR2 / SR  - Pasta Dish
LS & JR            - Salad
H2 & MS           - Bread
 
 
 
 
 
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)
 
 
 
 
 
 
PARENTS – COME JOIN OUR VJO MASTERS SWIM GROUP
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!
 
 
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING MEETS:
 
SUMMER REAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 
August 3-5th 2018
LOCATION: Petaluma Swim Center, 900 E. Washington Street, Petaluma CA
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.  We ask that each family chip in $10 to cover the price of food.
 
 
 
 
WAVES C/B/A + Meet in St. Helena
The WAVES Meet on September 22-23 in St. Helena is open for entries and will be the first meet of our fall season.  Please get sign up before we go on break. We do not want this meet to fill before we all get signed up.
 
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING DATES:
 
JULY
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
 
AUGUST
Aug 3-5          - REAL SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIPS (All Groups, Petaluma Swim Center) 
                          "Hawaiian Luau" Theme
Aug 6-19         - Team Break (No Practice)
Aug 20            - First Day of Fall Practice
Aug 30            - Shark Pride Day and Ice Cream Social (All Groups, 5-7pm)
 
SEPTEMBER
Sept 3             - NO PRACTICE (Labor Day Holiday)
Sept 14           - VJO 2018 Awards Banquet (5-9pm, TBA)
Sept 22-23      - WAVES C/B/A+ Meet (All Groups, St. Helena) ***OPEN***
Sept 27           - Shark Pride Day & Ice Cream Social (All Groups 5-7pm)
Sept 29-30     - Marin Pirates SR Open Meet (SR Group only, Novato)
 
OCTOBER
Oct 19-21      - VJO Fall Classic C/B/A+ Meet (All Groups, Cunningham Pool)
Oct 22           - NO PRACTICE (Meet Recovery Day)
Oct 25           - Shark Pride Day & Halloween Party (All Groups, 5-7pm)
 
NOVEMBER
Nov 3-4         - C/B/A+ Meet TBA (All Groups TBA)
Nov 10          - Pacific Swimming Diversity Camp (JR/JR2/SR Groups only, Cunningham Pool)
Nov 17-18     - WCAB SR Open Meet (SR Group only, Walnut Creek)
Nov 22-23     - NO PARCTICE (Happy Thanksgiving)
Nov 29          - Shark Pride Day (All Groups, 5-6:30pm)
Nov 30-Dec 2  -  14 & Under Winter Junior Olympic Champs (JO Qualifiers, Moraga)
 
DECEMBER
Dec 7-9        - Senior II Champs (Qualifying SR groupers, Concord CA)
Dec 8-9        - Daly City Dolphin C/B/A+ Meet (All Groups, Indoor Daly City Pool)
Dec 14-16    - Speedo Sectioal Champs (Qualified SR group, Monterey Park)
 
JANUARY
Jan 19-20    - Winter Zone 3 Champs (Qualifiers, SRJC)
 
FEBRUARY
Feb 22-24    - VJO February Frost C/B/A+ Meet ( All Groups, Cunningham Pool)