Weekly Mailer
Last Friday our Leopard Sharks, Mako Sharks and all our older swimmers competed in a Distance Freestyle Dual Meet with the SASO team. Our swimmers either raced the 500 free (20 lengths) or the mile free (1,650 yards or 66 lengths).  We are so proud of all our swimmers for having the courage to get out there and swim these more challenging events.  We had many first time swims and many new best times. Great job SHARKS!
Special shout out to three amazing VJO swimmers that took down VJO team records at the SASO Distance Meet. Congrats to Alex Grant for breaking the 11-12 girls 1,650 free record with a 19:54.50 (Camille Miguel's 2005 record).  Congrats to Nathan Jellison for breaking the 15-16 boys 1,650 free record with a 17:04.51 (Thomas deSeenna's 1998 record). Congrats to Raffy Cueva for breaking the 9-10 boys 500 free record with a 5:55.96 (his own record from 2018). Keep up all that hard work SHARKS!
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? 


Thursday, January 31st 
5-6:30pm (All Groups)
Today, Thursday, January 31st is Shark Pride Day and Hot Chocolate Night. 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 doing relays 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!
Families please make sure to bring a snacks or items to share for Hot Chocolate Night TONIGHT. There is a list of items that we REALLY NEED down below. Parents we still need help serving our swimmers.  We have been receiving more help the last couple weeks, but we still need your help again tonight. The sign-up sheet to help serve is hanging next to the Shark Tank. Our swimmers look forward to Thursday nights all winter long. Help us keep this tradition going.
Insulated cups (8 oz cups is best size) ***NEED ASAP***
Lids (8 oz lids is best size)  ***NEED ASAP***
Boats (of all sizes to serve food in)
On Saturday, February 9th join us at Vacaville Ice Sports Center for an afternoon of ice skating. The event will include 2 hours of Ice Skating followed up with ice cream at Fenton’s at the Nut Tree in Vacaville
WHEN: Saturday, February 9th, 2019
WHERE: 551 Davis Street, Vacaville, CA
TIME: 12:00 – 2:00pm
COST: $11.00 / skater / pay at the door mention VJO
RSVP: Matteo family folder by Saturday 2/2
Sunday, February 10th 
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
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. 
NAPA VALLEY SCY C/B/A+ MEET   – March 9th-10th ***NOW OPEN***
The Napa Meet is NOW OPEN ONLINE for ENTRIES. The Napa Valley Swim Team C/B/A+ Meet will be held on March 9-10 at the Vintage High School Pool. This is our team meet for the month of March. All VJO swimmers are encouraged to enter this meet. Please get signed up ASAP as meets can fill quickly. 
TIME: Please arrive at 8:15am each day. Warm-ups will start at 8:30am and the meet will start at 10:00am each day.
LOCATION: Vintage High School, 1375 Trower Ave, Napa CA 94558
PARKING: Pool entrance is off Jefferson Street. Parking lot gates will be locked until 8:00am - Absolutely NO ENTRANCE to the parking lot or pool area shall be permitted before 8:00am. Please do not block the entrance to the pool parking lot which prevents the gate from being unlocked in a timely manner.
EVENTS: Please speak with your coach if you have questions about what events to enter.
Leopard, Mako, AG, & SR please enter 3 events a day (one challenging event, one favorite event and one to keep you well rounded).
Hammerheads 1 & 2: Only enter events you are ready for. You must talk to your coach prior to entering any events.
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)
Feb 9          - VJO Goes Ice Skating (12-2pm, Vacaville Ice Sports)***RSVP TODAY***
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)
Mar 2-3           - Zone All Star Meet (Qualifying Meet, Sunnyvale CA)
Mar 9-10         - Napa C/B/A Meet  ***NOW OPEN***
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 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 17           - TCAL High School League Championships (HS swimmers)
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 (HS swimmers)
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 3-4         - North Coast Section High School Championships (Qualifying HS)
May 5            - SR Walk On Meet (SR Grp ONLY, 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)