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Weekly Mailer
VJO FINISHES 4th AT ZONE 3 CHAMPS!
Great job to all of our VJO swimmers that competed last weekend in the 2019 Winter Zone 3 Championships Meet. There were over 20 teams attending and Vallejo Aquatic Club finished 4th overall. Great Job VJO! We couldn’t have done it without so many of you attending. We had many VJO swimmers attending the meet for the first time this year. It was great to see so many new faces.
Our swimmers had a blast with the trials/finals format meet.  Finals were super exciting this year; especially when we got to start it off with a Swim-Off in the girls 50 free between two VJO swimmers. This really got our team and all the other swimmers pumped up before finals. Thank you to those two ladies (Mackenzie Kawashiri and Anna Frances Reyes) for starting finals off with some serious energy. We know it took courage to do that swim off and we thank you for it. Great job!
 
 
 
Congratulations to 10 year old Raffy Cueva for winning the 9-10 Boys High Point Award at Zone 3 Champs. Great job Raffy!
 
 
 
Thank you Parents! We want to give a special thank you to all our parents that helped out and volunteer at the Zone 3 Champs Meet. Our team responsibility was three timing chairs, 2 Colorado operators and 2 officials, but our team went above and beyond and filled many more volunteer holes during the meet. Thank you Officials; Phil Grant, Candance Van Dewark, Horace James, Marly Luna and Kia Kalama. Thank you Colorado Opperators; Ricky Cueva, Dan Greer, Barbra Jellison. Thank you Mashals; Tamara Kawashiri, Dom Matteo, Jen Pettit, Reyes family, Luna family, Putong family, Maria Bui and Maila Singh. Thank you Computer Room Opperator, David McQuilling.  Thank you Head Timer, Joe Sapida. Thank you Goodie Bag Creators, Tamara Kawashiri and Gigi Sapida. Thank you parents that cooked for our families at the meet, Miriam Rivera and Tricia Grant (fabulous soup and chili). And finally thank you to all of our parents that helped time. Our team is so lucky to have such a wonderful groups of VJO parents. We couldn't have made the meet happen without all your help. Thank you parents!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3 TIPS FOR TEACHING COURAGE
Growing Champions for Life
Share these inspiring strategies with your children to help them cope with the ups and downs of daily life. Be sure to watch the video and review the attached “Handout” that includes exercises to benefit your whole family. 
"You can't always be strong, but you can always have courage" - Beau Taplin
So, let’s talk about 3 ways you can help your athlete learn to be courageous? 

 

 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
 
VJO HELPS FEED THE HUNGRY AND HOMELESS 
Sunday, February 10th 
4-6:30pm
WE ARE DOING IT AGAIN! VJO will be helping to feed the hungry and homeless again on February 10th. If you missed helping this month don't worry you can get involved next month. Our swimmers and parents have been having a great time getting involved with our community and helping out.  It is so amazing to see our young swimmers helping out people in need.
Click on the link below to sign up.  On Sunday, February 10th from 4-6:30pm come help VJO give back to the community.  We need 15-20 VJO swimmers to help out with the "Sparrow Project" and feeding the hungry and homeless.  This will take place at the 1st Baptist Church in Vallejo. Our swimmers will help set up, help serve food, and help clean up.  This is a great way for our swimmers to get involved in their community. Swimmers can also count this toward their community service requirements for school.  Swimmers under the age of 11 need to have a parent helping them.  If you wish to leave while your child is volunteering, please make sure to leave your child with another parent. This is NOT a VJO practice and children are NOT under the supervision of VJO coaches. Thank you!
Date: January 13th 2019
Location: 1st Baptist Church, Vallejo (  2025 Sonoma Blvd,  Vallejo, CA)
Number of Volunteers: 15-20 people (swimmer under 11 yrs need parent to help) 
Time: 4-6:30pm
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP
 
 
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING MEETS: 
 
SASO DISTANCE MEET
Friday, January 25th 2019
The SASO Distance Meet on Friday, January 25  th  I closed for entries. There will be two distance events offered; the 500 free and 1,650 free. Swimmers may only swim one event.  The 1,650 free is only open to 11 & overs in the JR/JR2/SR Group. 
LEOPARD AND MAKO GROUPS
This distance Meet is open to all Mako and Leopard Shark swimmers. This meet is not required. Swimmers in both Leopard and Mako have the option to swim the 500 free.  The 1,650 free is not open to the Leopard and Mako swimmers. There will be regular practice at Cunningham Pool on this day for all Hammerhead, Leopard and Mako Groupers not attending this distance meet.
 
REQUIRED FOR SENIOR / JUNIOR 2 / JUNIORS: 
This meet is required for all Senior, Junior 2, and Junior Group swimmers.  We will be attending this Friday meet instead of practice this day. Swimmers in the SR & JR2 group are required to swim the 1,650 free. Swimmers in the JR group may swim either the 500 free or 1,650 free. There will be regular practice at Cunningham Pool held for all other groups on this day.
 
LOCATION: Solano Community College Pool, 4000 Suisun Valley Rd, Fairfield, CA 94534

DIRECTIONS:  Off I-80 take Suisun Valley Road, from either direction, or head North on Suisun Valley Road to second stoplight. Turn right onto Solano College Drive. The pool is around the back of the buildings.

PARKING FEE: Parking permits are required ($1 daily or semester pass)

PARKING: Swim Meet parking is available only in Student Lot #5 and East Student Lot. Parking and traffic regulations will be enforced in all faculty lots, red zones, handicapped spots, etc. 24 hours a day. Parking, stopping, drop-off, and pick-up are not permitted in red zones, faculty/staff, or cosmetology lots. No parking in the red zone turnabout near pool. No vehicles are allowed on the service road around the pool – service roads must be clear at all times for fire and emergency vehicles. The parking lots located nearest to the pool are faculty and cosmetology lots and may not be used.

TIME:   Arrive at 3:40pm . Warm-ups will be from 3:50-4:30pm.  The meet will start at 4:40pm.

CLICK HERE FOR MEET INFO
 
 
 
 
 
VJO “February Frost” C/B/A MEET
February 22-24th 2019
***OPEN for ENTRIES***
The VJO “February Frost” CBA Meet is NOW OPEN ONLINE for ENTRIES. This is a home meet and while be held at the Cunningham Pool on February 22-24th. This is our team meet for the month of February and is recommended for ALL VJO swimmers. Please sign up ASAP as meets fill quickly. 
ENTRY DEADLINE: Monday, February 11th (meet will fill prior to deadline date)
LOCATION: Cunningham Pool
TIME:   Friday - arrive at 3:15pm
               Saturday – arrive at 7:15am 
               Sunday - arrive at 7:15am 
Warm-ups will start at 7:30am on Saturday and Sunday and the meet will start at 9:00 am each day. Remember parking is easier the earlier you arrive.
EVENTS: Please speak with your coach if you have questions about what events to enter. Leopard, Mako, JR’s & SR please enter 3 events a day (one challenging event, one favorite event and one to keep you well rounded). 
Senior & Junior 2 Groups - Swimmers in the Senior and Junior 2 Groups will all be swimming the 400 IM on Friday night. You must all enter this event. If you need an entry time, contact Coach Jennifer.
10 Volunteer Hours Required - Families don't forget you are required to work a minimum of 10 hours at each home meet. The job sign-ups will be emailed out and online soon. 
 
 
 
 
 
2019 WINTER / SPRING SCHEDULE ***UPDATED***
 
JANUARY
Jan 19-20    - Winter Zone 3 Champs (Qualifiers, SRJC) 
Jan 21          - NO PRACTICE (MLK Holiday)
Jan 25         - SASO Distance Meet (SR/JR2/JR/LS&MS Grps, Solano College) 
Jan 31          - Shark Pride Day (All Groups, 5-6:30pm)
 
FEBRUARY
Feb 9          - VJO Goes Ice Skating (12-2pm, Vacaville Ice Sports)***JUST ADDED***
Feb 10        - Help VJO Feed the Hungry and Homeless (4-6:30pm, 1st Baptist Church)
Feb 18        - NO PRACTICE (Presidents Day Holiday)
Feb22-24    - VJO February Frost C/B/A+ Meet (All Groups, Cunningham Pool)  ***OPEN***
Feb 25          - NO PRACTICE (Meet Recovery Day)
Feb 28          - Shark Pride Day (All Groups, 5-6:30pm)
 
MARCH
Mar 2-3           - Zone All Star Meet (Qualifying Meet, Sunnyvale CA)
Mar 9-10         - Napa C/B/A Meet
Mar 15-17       - Junior Olympic Champs (Qualifying Meet, Walnut Creek)
Mar 23            - VJO Spaghetti Feed (5-9pm, ACHS Cafeteria)
Mar 28            - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-6:30pm)
Mar 28            - Last Hot Chocolate Night
 
APRIL
April 4-7         - Far Western Champs (Qualifying Meet, Santa Clara)
April 6             - Saturday Long Course Practice (All Groups, 7-9am)
April 12-14     - Westside Long Course C/B/A Meet (All Groups, Petaluma)
April 20          - 10 & Under Championships (Sunnyvale, CA)
April 20           - Saturday Long Course Practice (All Groups, 7-9:30am)
April 25           - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-7pm)
April 26-27      - VVAL  High School League Championships 
April 27-28     - NAPA Long Course C/B/A Meet (All Groups, Napa Valley College)
TBA                 - Mandatory General Membership Meeting (8-9:30am, Portables)
 
MAY
May 3-4         - North Coast Section High School Championships (Qualifying HS)
May 5            - SR Walk On Meet (location TBA)
May 10-11     - High School State Championships (Qualifying HS, Clovis)
May 11           - Long Course Morning Practice (All Groups, 7-9am)
May 17-19      - VJO Long Course C/B/A Meet (All Groups, Cunningham Pool)
May 20           - NO PRACTICE (Meet Recovery day)
May 25           - Long Course Morning Practice (All Groups, 7-9am)
May 27           - NO PRACTICE (Memorial Day)
May 30           - Shark Pride Day (All Groups 5-7pm)