Australia or Bust!

Nov. 20, 2003

From January 6-16, 2003, the Cal Women's Swimming team hopes to train with Australian Olympic Champion, Ian Thorpe, who is considered among the world's greatest swimmers. The team has been invited to make its way Down Under and spend ten days outside of Sydney learning and training with Thorpe, his coach and teammates. This is a great opportunity for Cal Women's Swimming to build on its already stellar program.

How are the Bears going to fund their trip? That's where our fans and program supporters come in!

Cal Women's Swimming is hosting an online auction beginning Tuesday, December 16 to raise funds. On the block will be exclusive aquatics items that are not available for purchase anywhere else! A complete list of auction items is available below.

Unlike traditional online auctions, the bidding for this particular auction will be facilitated entirely via email over a three-day period. Beginning December 16, fans may start the bidding by e-mailing their bids to kthall@uclink.berkeley.edu, between the hours of 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. In your e-mail, please include the item number, bid amount, and a daytime phone number where you can be reached. With each bid, you will receive a confirmation e-mail and will be notified if and when your bid is raised. At that point, you will be informed of the new bid amount, and will have the opportunity to counter. Please keep all bidding to the designated hours of 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

The bidding will close at 12:00 Noon on Thursday, December 18, and all winners will be notified by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 19.

We look forward to your participation in the Cal Women's Swimming online auction, and thank you for helping to fund this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these young women. We appreciate your support. GO BEARS!

Any questions? Please contact Katie Hall at (510) 642-3945 or kthall@uclink.berkeley.edu.



CAL WOMEN'S SWIMMING AUCTION
December 16-18, 2003

Item # - Auction Item Description - Minimum Bid Price

  • #101 - Dinner for eight cooked by budding chef and superstar swimmer, Natalie Coughlin.
  • Natalie's epicurean talents have been featured on the Today Show, and this is your opportunity to observe the gourmet chef up close and personal! Natalie will be assisted by three of her Golden Bear teammates. Minimum Bid: $1,000
  • #102 - Two stroke lessons with Head Coach Teri McKeever*.
  • Work on your swimming fundamentals with one of the finest coaches in the nation. Teri has been a coach of the U.S. National Team and recently was recognized by her peers as the 2002 American Swimming Coaches Association Coach of the Year. Minimum Bid: $400
  • #103 - Two stroke lessons with Assistant Coach, Whitney Hite*.
  • Whitney is in his first season with the Golden Bears after serving as an assistant coach with the University of Georgia, where he helped the Bulldogs women's swim team garner three straight national championships. Minimum Bid: $300
  • #104 - Stroke lesson with Natalie Coughlin*.
  • Have this celebrity student-athlete hone your swimming skills and share her aquatic wisdom during one swim lesson. Minimum Bid: $250
  • #105 - Strength training/dry land coaching with one of Cal's finest coaches.
  • Take your swimming to the next level by investing in a tailored strength training and/or dry land program. A strength and conditioning coach from Cal's distinguished athletic department will plan a program that is right for you! Minimum Bid: $200
  • #106 - Sports massage.
  • Relax under the hands of an expert sports masseuse and be educated on the importance of sports massage therapy. Minimum Bid: $150
  • #107 - Lunch with Coach Teri McKeever and two swimmers of your choice.
  • Learn about the Cal Women's swim team and what it is like to be an intercollegiate athlete and coach. Minimum Bid: $300
  • #108 - Two tickets to an evening finals session of the 2004 Olympic Swimming Trials in Long Beach, CA.
  • Watch members of the Cal Women's team compete to earn spots on the 2004 Olympic Team on July 8th. Visit www.longbeach2004.com for the schedule of events. Minimum Bid: $300
  • #109 - Two tickets to an evening session of the 2004 Olympic Swimming Trials in Long Beach, CA.
  • Watch members of the Cal Women's team compete to earn spots on the 2004 Olympic Team on July 9th. Visit www.longbeach2004.com for the schedule of events. Minimum Bid: $300
  • #110 - Two tickets to an evening session of the 2004 Olympic Swimming Trials in Long Beach, CA.
  • Watch members of the Cal Women's team compete to earn spots on the 2004 Olympic Team on July 12th. Visit www.longbeach2004.com for the schedule of events. Minimum Bid: $300
  • #111 - Two tickets to an evening session of the 2004 Olympic Swimming Trials in Long Beach, CA.
  • Watch members of the Cal Women's team compete to earn spots on the 2004 Olympic Team on July 13th. Visit www.longbeach2004.com for the schedule of events. Minimum Bid: $300
  • #112 - Two tickets for the 2004 Pac-10 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Long Beach, CA.
  • Watch Coach McKeever's team battle for the conference title on February 25-28. You will also receive a gift basket filled with Cal Women's Swimming gear so you can show off your blue and gold spirit! Minimum Bid: $300
  • #113 - Be a guest coach at the Cal vs. Stanford duel meet.
  • Join the team on the bus down to Stanford, hang with the coaches poolside and help take splits! After the meet, dine with the swimmers and catch the post meet wrap-up. This is a unique opportunity to experience a swim meet from the athletes' and coaches' perspectives. Minimum Bid: $500
  • #114 - Autographed NCAA team T-shirt.
  • Own the official 2004 NCAA Team shirt. Minimum Bid: $50
  • #115 - Framed and Autographed Team Photo.
  • Display a picture of the 2003-04 squad and be the envy of all your friends! Minimum Bid: $150
  • #116 - Signed poster of Natalie Coughlin.
  • Bring this superstar into your home. Minimum Bid: $150
  • #117 - Framed picture of the 2003-04 team in Australia with Ian Thorpe.
  • The athletes will take a picture with Olympic Gold Medalist, Ian Thorpe when they travel down under and bring it home for one lucky individual! Minimum Bid: $200
  • #118 - Signed picture of Natalie Coughlin, Jenny Thompson and Haley Cope.
  • These three National Team members will autograph a photo just for you! Minimum Bid: $200
  • #119 - Official USA National Team suit.
  • Be the envy of all your teammates! Wear the same suit that Natalie Coughlin wears in international competition! Minimum Bid: $300
  • #120 - Official Cal Women's Swimming suit.
  • Race in the same suit that the 2003-04 Golden Bears wear in all of their meets! Minimum Bid: $150
  • #121 - Official Cal Women's Swimming cap.
  • Minimum Bid: $50
  • #122 - Official Cal Women's Swimming parka.
  • Keep warm on the way to those chilly AM training session in a cozy parka! Minimum Bid: $400
  • #123 - Official Cal Women's Swimming backpack.
  • Minimum Bid: $150
  • #124 - Official Cal Women's Swimming competition sweats.
  • Minimum Bid: $200
  • #125 - Gift basket filled with Official Cal Women's Swimming gear: bag, t-shirt, suit, cap, goggles.
  • Minimum Bid: $500

    *Prospective athletes (athletes currently in high school) are not eligible to participate in this activity.

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