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Afternoon update

The 5,000 meters is underway with Wisconsin's Mohammed Ahmed, Landon Peacock and Maverick Darling swapping the lead through the early laps.

A few notes from the day so far:
- Luke Rucks took second in the 800 meters with a fantastic run and finished in 1:51.38
- Despite having his starting block slip, Nate Larkin ran 7.98 to finish runner-up in the 60-meter hurdles
- Running out of the first heat, Zach Beth took third in the 600 meters with a run of 1:18.22
- Seniors Craig Miller and Jack Bolas finished third and fourth in the mile
- Kyle Jefferson took fifth in the 200 meters, with freshman Gavin Robertson sixth
- David Grzesiak moved up to finish seventh in the heptathlon with a score of 5,265 points

Check back to UWBadgers.com for a complete recap.

Looking down the lists for Day 2

The second day of the 2010 Big Ten Indoor Championships began few minutes ago, so here's a look at what to expect today inside the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse.

The opening day of the meet was not a particularly good one for the Badgers but, after some reflection last night, it became clear that yesterday's prelims gave UW plenty of opportunities for today, especially on the track.

Let the event-by-event breakdown begin! (For those with shorter attention spans, I've bolded the athletes' names so you can skip past my analysis more easily. For those with really short attention spans, here are the start lists for today).

Badgers win DMR title

Thanks to an outstanding anchor leg from senior Jack Bolas, the Badgers wrapped up the first day of the Big Ten indoor championships with a win in the distance medley relay.

Senior Ryan Gasper, sophomore Grant Bughman and junior Luke Rucks set up Bolas' final leg and the Badgers grabbed the title in 9:47.96.

Check back to UWBadgers.com for a full recap.

Larkin, Beth advance to finals

In the 60-meter hurdles, senior Nate Larkin will head to the finals with the No. 2 seed after running a 7.98 to win his heat of the prelims. Illinois sophomore Andrew Riley ran 7.87 to earn the top seed for the finals.

Sophomore Adum Gross was 13th overall in 8.22, while sophomore Temi Ogunbodede was disqualified.

Junior Zach Beth ran the fourth-fastest prelims time in the 600 meters to advance to Sunday's final in that event. He clocked in at 1:18.66.

Senior Rayme Mackinson was unable to defend his championship in the long jump and finished 12th with a leap of 22-2 1/2.

Mellon grabs top seed in 800

Dubbed "The Sensation" by the public address announcer inside the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse, freshman Zach Mellon backed up the distinction by earning the top seed for tomorrow's final in the 800 meters.

The Buffalo, Minn., native ran just off his season-best time in clocking an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 1:50.18 to win his heat and earn the No. 1 seed for the finals.

Junior Luke Rucks also advanced into the final with the ninth-fastest time at 1:52.24.

Fellow junior Zach Beth, another 800 meters specialist, is running the 600 meters this weekend for the Badgers.

The prelims in that race are on tap next.

Day 1 in the books for heptathletes

With the high jump finished, the first day of the heptathlon is in the books.

Sophomore David Grzesiak stands ninth with 2,895 points after clearing 6-6 1/4 to finish his day. Sophomore Derek Steinbach slipped to 12th place after four events with a total of 2,833 points, as he cleared 5-11 1/4.

Senior Seth Pelock is 13th at 2,774 points, and Ian Jansen sits 18th at 2,549.

Minnesota's R.J. McGinnis is the event leader at 3,285.

In the prelims of the 400 meters, senior James Groce was unable to advance to Sunday's final, finishing 12th-fastest overall with a time of 49.31.

Updates from mile, pole vault

The Badgers advanced two runners through the prelims of the mile run and into Sunday's final.

Senior Craig Miller won his prelims heat and was the fastest overall in 4:05.47, while senior Jack Bolas also won his heat and clocked in fourth-fastest overall at 4:06.83.

UW freshman Rob Finnerty finished 13th overall in 4:10.59.

Junior Mickey DeFilippo will not place in the pole vault after failing to clear the opening height.

Senior Rayme Mackinson, the defending league champion, is competing in the long jump currently, as is freshman Casey Dehn in the shot put.

Also, senior James Groce is set for the prelims of the 400 meters, which are now underway.


Heptahtlon update - 1:15 p.m.

Derek Steinbach and David Grzesiak continued to climb the standings after the shot put, with Steinbach in fifth (2,197 points) and Grzesiak up to eighth (2,101) after three events.

Grzesiak was just a quarter-inch short of matching his personal-best in the shot put, throwing 42-1 1/4. Steinbach threw 44-11 3/4.

Scoring (Through 3 Events)
1. McGinnis (Minn) 2,435
5. Steinbach (Wis) 2,197
8. Grzesiak (Wis) 2,101
12. Pelock (Wis) 2,060
15. Jansen (Wis) 1,989

Heptahtlon update - 11:35 a.m.

A strong showing in the long jump bumped sophomore David Grzesiak up to 11th in the heptathlon standings after two events, while sophomore Derek Steinbach stands eighth.

Grzesiak jumped 21-4 3/4 and Steinbach finished with a best mark of 21-0 1/2.

Scoring (Through 2 Events)
1. McGinnis (Minn) 1,672
8. Steinbach (Wis) 1,486
11. Grzesiak (Wis) 1,444
15. Jansen (Wis) 1,420
15. Pelock (Wis) 1,420

Follow the Big Ten championships live

Host institutions Minnesota and Penn State both offer live results for this weekend's Big Ten indoor championships meets.

Men: Live Results
Women: Live Results

Heptathlon underway

With the 60-meter dash in the books and the competition moving on to the long jump, here's a look at the heptathlon through one event.

Sophomore Derek Steinbach ran a 7.21 to finish sixth-fastest in the 60 meters, followed by Wisconsin teammates Seth Pelock (7.32), David Grzesiak (7.41) and Ian Jansen (7.43). Minnesota's R.J. McGinnis posted the top time in 7.04.

Scoring (Through 1 Event)
1. McGinnis (Minn) 868
6. Steinbach (Wis) 809
9. Pelock (Wis) 772
14. Grzesiak (Wis) 7.41
16. Jansen (Wis) 7.42

Badgers meet on eve of meet

Competition in the 2010 Big Ten Indoor Championships doesn't get underway until 10 a.m. Saturday morning, but the Wisconsin men's track and field team had plenty on its schedule for Friday.

The Badgers pulled into Minneapolis just before 1 p.m. after departing from Camp Randall Stadium just after 8 a.m. and, after a couple hours to themselves, got to work preparing for the weekend of competition.


Archived Gameday Blog: UW Women at Penn State

Please join Diane Nordstrom of the Wisconsin Athletic Communications as she chronicles all of the action from tonight's Big Ten Conference women's basketball game between Wisconsin (19-8, 9-7) and Penn State (16-10, 8-8).

Badgers shave more than time

Ryan Dean, athletic trainer for the Wisconsin men's swimming and diving team, is traveling with the Badgers for this week's 2010 Big Ten Championships and will file dispatches from the road for UWBadgers.com. His report from Wednesday follows:

More than time was getting cut in Columbus as the men's Big Ten swimming and diving championships got started Wednesday on the campus of Ohio State.

As the swimmers entered the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion to kick off the four-day championship meet, there were some obvious changes to almost everyone in attendance.

Touchdown in Columbus

Ryan Dean, athletic trainer for the Wisconsin men's swimming and diving team, is traveling with the Badgers for this week's 2010 Big Ten Championships and will file dispatches from the road for UWBadgers.com. Here is his first report.

And they're off!  The Wisconsin men's swimming and diving team has finally arrived in Columbus after a lot of hurrying and then a lot of waiting.

The first leg of the journey to Big Tens started at the Dane County Regional Airport, with a flight to Detroit.  Making sure to leave plenty of time for security, the team arrived at the airport two hours before takeoff. 

This led to a lot of sitting around, but they weren't alone as UW Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez greeted the team while waiting for the same flight on his way to NCAA meetings in Indianapolis.

The Voice with Matt Lepay

Before I get to this week's main topic, I just want to say how great it was to see the 2000 Final Four team together again.  Most of the players, as well as head coach Dick Bennett , were able to make it back to Madison for the weekend festivities, which included a gathering on Saturday night, followed by a halftime tribute during Sunday's game with Northwestern.  Seeing that group sure brought back some wonderful memories.

Badgers second in 400 free relay

The Badgers wrapped up the Big Ten championships with an all-conference finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay, as the quartet of Maggie Meyer, Laura Miller, Beckie Thompson and Rosie Morahan took runner-up honors.

The foursome combined for a time of 3:17.58, the third-fastest in school history.

Meyer had the Badgers out to an early lead after taking the first 50 yards in 23.22. She finished with a lead split of 49.40, and the Badgers were in fourth at the first exchange.

Miller followed, and the Badgers were fifth at the race's halfway point.

Thompson moved the Badgers up to third on her first lap and had them in second when Morahan hit the water for the final leg.

The senior finished strong by holding her ground and closing up on Indian, which clocked a winning time of 3:16.95.

200 butterfly update

Junior Karlyn Hougan clocked a personal-best 2:03.36 to take seventh in the "C" final of the 200-yard butterfly. She is the last Badger to compete tonight until the 400-yard freestyle relay goes off later tonight.

For now, the attention turns to the tower for the championship finals in platform diving.

200 breaststroke update

Sophomore Ashley Wanland took fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke, finishing in a season-best time of 2:11.06.

Brittany Kimmitt was fifth in the consolation final in 2:17.01, with fellow freshman Paulina Gralow just behind in sixth with a time of 2:17.14. The duo's finishes translated into 13th- and 14th-place finishes overall.

Senior Libby Brooks was second in the "C" final of the event, clocking in at a season-best 2:16.47.

100 freestyle update

Sophomore Beckie Thompson clocked a time of 49.83 to finish eighth in the 100-yard freestyle after taking second in the event last year.

Senior Rosie Morahan clocked in at 49.95 to take third in the consolation final -- and 11th overall -- while freshman Ruby Martin went 50.25 to finish fifth in the consolation heat and 13th overall.

In the "C" final, junior Kelsey Gergen posted a season-best time of 51.50 to take fifth in the heat.

200 backstroke update

Junior Maggie Meyer settled for a sixth-place finsih in 1:56.47, while senior Candice Peak was eighth in 1:57.06.

Like Peak, senior Sara Goff also closed out her Big Ten career in style in the consolation final.

Goff was second with 50 yards to go but finished seventh in the heat -- and 15th overall -- in a season-best time of 1:58.60.

1650 free update

Danielle Beckwith ends up fifth overall in the 1,650-yard freestyle, as only four swimmers in the final heat clock in below the 16:22.09 she recorded earlier this afternoon.

Ashley Steenvoorden of Minnesota took the win in 16:01.02.

The finals of the 200-yard backstroke are up next, with junior Maggie Meyer and senior Candice Peak in the "A" final and senior Sara Goff in the consolation final.

Finally, the final finals

On the final night of the Big Ten championships, we're set to begin the finals session.

Sophomore Danielle Beckwith stands in great position in the 1,650-yard freestyle after clocking a time of 16:22.09 in the last of the heats conducted earlier this afternoon.

The final heat of the 1,650 free is set to go off in a matter of moments.

Beckwith's time, an NCAA consideration cut, likely secures her a spot in the national meet and moves the sophomore to fifth on the Badgers' all-time list in the event.

The Badgers' seniors, Anna Chang, Emily Cheffins, Sara Goff, Gabby Maddalena, Rosie Morahan and Candice Peak, have just been introduced to the crowd as we prepare to get underway with tonight's finals session.

Archived rinkside blog: Wisconsin vs. Minnesota

Please join Jacqueline Boscacci as she chronicles all the action from  Saturday's matchup between the No. 8/10 Wisconsin women's hockey team and second-ranked Minnesota with the rinkside blog.

Prelims photos posted

A photo gallery with images from this morning prelims session is now available.

There are a number of swimmers in the water warming up for the 1,650-yard freestyle, which begins at 3:15 p.m.

The rest of the finals session starts at 5:30 p.m. Follow along with live results and live video.

Platform diving update

Freshman Roxanne Fitter posted a personal-best score of 250.50 in the consolation finals of platform diving to grab a 10th-place finish in the event.

That score came on the heels of the 229.35 she scored to post the 10th-best score in the preliminary round on the tower.

Senior Emily Cheffins was 19th in the prelims with a total of 199.75, while freshman Leslie Cannon scored 168.65 to finish 20th.

The top eight finishers will be determined during tonight's finals session, when the championship final will be contested.

200 butterfly update

Junior Karlyn Hougan will swim in the "C" final of the 200-yard butterfly after clocking in at 2:03.23, a drop of nearly four seconds off her previous personal-best mark in the event.

Senior Anna Chang clocked in at 2:06.24, while sophomore Abby Soderholm checked in at 2:06.66.

Freshman Emma Cabrera posted a time of 2:12.75.

200 breaststroke update

Big Ten record-holder and defending champion Ashley Wanland will get a chance to repeat in the 200-yard breaststroke after she cruised to a win in her preliminary heat and earned the No. 5 seed for the finals in 2:12.51.

The freshman duo of Paulina Gralow and Brittany Kimmitt also were strong and both will swim in the consolation final with a chance at picking up points for the Badgers. Gralow clocked in at an NCAA "B" cut and personal-best time of 2:15.77, while Kimmitt went 2:16.00 to also record a personal-best and NCAA "B" time.

Senior Libby Brooks will swim in the "C" final of the event after clocking in at 2:17.63.

Minnesota's Jillian Tyler recorded an NCAA "A" cut to earn the No. 1 seed for the championship final at 2:10.32.

Wanland holds the all-time Big Ten record at 2:07 47, as well as the conference meet record of 2:08.14.

100 freestyle update

Wisconsin advanced three swimmers into tonight's finals in the 100-yard freestyle, including a spot in the championship final for sophomore Beckie Thompson.

Thompson swam a season-best 49.38 to grab second place in her heat and the No. 4 seed for the "A" final.

Senior Rosie Morahan clocked in at a season-best 49.85 to earn a spot in the consolation final, as did freshman Ruby Martin in a career-best time of 50.27.

Freshman Laura Miller will swim in the "C" final after clocking in at 50.48, as will junior Kelsey Gergen, who cut more than 2 1/2 seconds off her previous season-best time to win her heat in 50.52.

Karlyn Hougan checked in at 51.49.

200 backstroke update

The Badgers will have a pair of swimmers in the championship final of the 200-yard backstroke tonight after strong swims in the morning prelims.

Junior Maggie Meyer won her heat of the prelims in a season-best time of 1:55.42 and earned the No. 3 overall seed for tonight's final in the event. Senior teammate Candice Peak clocked in at a season-best 1:56.55 to take second in the heat and will be the No. 7 seed.

Meyer's time was just off the pace of her personal-best mark of 1:55.30. She finished fourth in the 200 back at last year's Big Ten meet.

Everyone will be chasing Indiana's Kate Fesenko, who put more than three seconds on the rest of the field with an NCAA "A" qualifying time of 1:52.03

Sara Goff won the second heat in an NCAA "B" qualifying time of 1:58.11, dropping nearly seven seconds off her season-best mark. She closed over her last 50 yards in 29.40, more than a half-second faster than anyone else in the field.

As a result, the senior is in a position to score for the Badgers as the No. 7 seed in the consolation final.

Amie Osten (2:02.92) was fourth and Elle Meinholz (2:03.91) fifth in their section, as well.

Meyer claims 100 back title

Junior Maggie Meyer claimed the Badgers' fourth title of this year's Big Ten championships by matching her own school-record time to take the 100-yard backstroke in an NCAA "A" qualifying time of 52.27.

The win gives Meyer her fifth career Big Ten title, and her first in an individual event. She entered the week as the national leader in the event.

It was the third time this season that Meyer has surpassed the standard for automatic NCAA qualifying in the event.

Senior Sara Goff won the consolation final and finished ninth overall with a season-best and NCAA "B" qualifying time of 54.58. Amie Osten added to the Badgers' point total in the event with a fifth-place finish in the consolation final (13th overall) in 55.22

Wanland scores All-Big Ten finish

Sophomore Ashley Wanland clocked a season-best time of 1:00.16 to finish second in the 100-yard breaststroke, earning All-Big Ten honors in the event for the second-consecutive year.

Wanland's time NCAA "B" cut trailed only the winning time of 59.35 clocked by Minnesota's Jillian Tyler.

Wanland was third at the wall after 25 yards and remained there at the race's halfway mark, but was second with 25 yards to go and closed out the race by covering the final length in 15.78.

Freshman Paulina Gralow was second in the "C" final in 1:02.54, with freshman Brittany Kimmitt third in 1:03.46. Both clocked personal-best times. Senior Libby Brooks finished eighth in 1:04.65.

In the 200-yard freestyle, sophomore Danielle Beckwith finished seventh in the "C" final with a time of 1:49.60.

Hougan scores in 100 fly

Junior Karlyn Hougan finishes 14th in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 55.38.

The 200-yard freestyle is up next, with sophomore Danielle Beckwith swimming in the "C" final.

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Senior Gabby Maddalena grabbed a 12th-place finish in the 400-yard individual medley, clocking in at 4:18.88 to finish nearly a second faster than her time of 4:19.74 from the morning prelims.

Redshirt freshman Monika Stitski clocked in at 4:21.63 to take second in the "C" final. That was just off the personal-best mark of 4:21.31 she set during the prelims.

Badgers third in 400 medley relay

The No. 17-ranked Badgers opened the third night of the Big Ten championships with a third-place showing in the 400-yard medley relay, clocking a time of 3:36.47.

The mark is fourth-fastest in school history.

Junior Maggie Meyer had the Badgers staked to the lead after leading off with a split of 52.76 on the backstroke leg, and sophomore Ashley Wanland followed with a strong effort in the breaststroke to keep the Badgers on top at the halfway mark, at 1:52.68.

Freshman Laura Miller followed on the butterfly with a 55.45 leg, and the Badgers stood second with 100 yards to go.

Sophomore Beckie Thompson had nearly two seconds to make up on the freestyle leg when she made the final exchange and couldn't close the gap despite recording the fastest anchor split in the field, at 48.34.

Minnesota won in 3:35.12, with Indiana second in 3:36.12.

What to watch for in tonight's finals

Here's a breakdown of the Badgers' entries for tonight's finals session, which beings in just under an hour, at 5:30 p.m.:

400 Medley Relay
Championship Final
- Maggie Meyer, Ashley Wanland, Karlyn Hougan, Beckie Thompson

400 IM
"C" Final
- Monika Stitski (4:21.31)
Consolation Final
- Gabby Maddalena (4:19.74), Libby Brooks (4:20.40)

100 Butterfly
Consolation Final
- Karlyn Hougan (55.24)

200 Freestyle
"C" Final
- Rosie Morahan (1:49.41)

100 Breaststroke
"C" Final
- Paulina Gralow (1:03.09), Libby Brooks (1:03.53), Brittany Kimmitt (1:03.64)
Championship Final
- Ashley Wanland (1:00.43)

100 Backstroke
Consolation Final
- Sara Goff (54.86), Amie Osten (55.04)
Championship Final
- Maggie Meyer (53.49), Candice Peak (54.70)

Diving update

Junior Ciara Rinaudo finished 16th in the prelims of the 3-meter diving competition but will finish 15th overall after her performance in the consolation final.

She scored 260.30 in the prelims and 272.60 in the consolation round.

Freshman Roxanne Fitter was 19th overall with a score of 253.05, while senior Emily Cheffins scored 218.85 to finish 27th.

Also, a photo gallery from this morning's prelims session in the pool is now posted.

Archived rinkside blog: Wisconsin vs. Minnesota

Please join Jacqueline Boscacci as she chronicles all the action from  Friday's matchup between the No. 10-ranked Wisconsin women's hockey team and second-ranked Minnesota with the rinkside blog. The Badgers look to secure home ice for the WCHA Playoffs and spoil Minnesota's chance to clinch the regular season title.
 WHKY: UW at Minnesota rinkside blog(02/19/2010) 
5:47
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Big game tonight between the No. 2-ranked Minnesota Gophers and Wisconsin. The Gophers are looking to clinch the regular season title while the Badgers are trying to secure home ice next week for the first round of the WCHA playoffs.
Friday February 19, 2010 5:47 Jacqueline Boscacci
5:54
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Wisconsin starters are Giles, Deluce, Ammerman
Haverstock and Prough
McCready
Friday February 19, 2010 5:54 Jacqueline Boscacci
5:56
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
For Minnesota - Emily West is back, she was out last week after suffering a concussion against Duluth
West, Erickson, Francis
Schleper, Zebro
And Grogan in net
Raty, UM's usual goalie is backstopping the Finns in the Olympics
Friday February 19, 2010 5:56 Jacqueline Boscacci
5:58
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
UMD beat BSU earlier today 5-2, which means they are tied for the league lead entering tonight's game
Friday February 19, 2010 5:58 Jacqueline Boscacci
5:59
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
We are just under seven minutes from game time, the team looked good in warmups and they know they need to come out strong tonight!
Friday February 19, 2010 5:59 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:04
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
The UM band is here in full force, however the crowd is smaller than I have seen. Last year, this place was packed every time we came here. The men are playing CC tonight just across the way and they start at 6 also.
Friday February 19, 2010 6:04 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:09
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
First shift of the game, the Gophers get on the board within the first 32 seconds
Friday February 19, 2010 6:09 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:10
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Not the quick start I was thinking, but UW needs to rebound quick and go hard to the net.
Friday February 19, 2010 6:10 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:11
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
The Badgers are trying to get the puck out of the zone, and finally get it into Gopher territory
Friday February 19, 2010 6:11 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:11
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Giles with a blocked shot and Sanders centers it in front but no one is there
Friday February 19, 2010 6:11 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:12
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Decker with UW's first shot and it goes high
Friday February 19, 2010 6:12 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:12
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
come on red we need a answer
Friday February 19, 2010 6:12 Guest
6:13
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Alev from behind the FO circle with a hard slapper and it kicks off of Grogan's pads
Friday February 19, 2010 6:13 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:14
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Wisconsin's first power-play opportunity
Friday February 19, 2010 6:14 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:14
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
lets go RED
Friday February 19, 2010 6:14 Guest
6:14
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
It's Decker, Giles, Ammerman, Pacholick and Prough for UW
Friday February 19, 2010 6:14 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:15
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Ammerman sends it into traffic and Prevost tips it high
Friday February 19, 2010 6:15 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:16
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
UM is full strength
Friday February 19, 2010 6:16 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:17
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
MN with a chance but she can't get off a shot, Prough was in the lane
Friday February 19, 2010 6:17 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:17
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Another Wisconsin PP, hopefully they got enough rest and come with a better result for this one
Friday February 19, 2010 6:17 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:18
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
come on red pass shoot score
Friday February 19, 2010 6:18 Guest
6:18
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
McKeough in front tries to redirect it in, but goes wide
Friday February 19, 2010 6:18 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:19
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Another UM penalty, Rasmussen to the box and UW will have a 5-on-3 foe :42
Friday February 19, 2010 6:19 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:19
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Prevost went wide from the slot
Friday February 19, 2010 6:19 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:20
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Nash's pass goes out and UM is one man down
Friday February 19, 2010 6:20 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:20
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Only :33 left in the PP
Friday February 19, 2010 6:20 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:21
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Wisconsin can't capitalize and UM is full strength
Friday February 19, 2010 6:21 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:22
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
UM's first goal was Erickson from West
Friday February 19, 2010 6:22 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:24
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Wisconsin leads in shots on goal, 5-2
Friday February 19, 2010 6:24 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:26
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
A hard shot that was blocked - flew into the stands and hit a kids nachos out of his hands. He was okay and ran for the puck first
Friday February 19, 2010 6:26 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:27
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
lol
Friday February 19, 2010 6:27 Guest
6:27
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
I got a good chuckle from it.
Friday February 19, 2010 6:27 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:27
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
UM with a good chance and it turns into a UM PP
Friday February 19, 2010 6:27 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:29
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
The tables have turned. With :40 left, now UM will have a chance at a 5-on-3 with Dronen for holding
Friday February 19, 2010 6:29 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:30
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Only :21 left in the 5-on-3
Friday February 19, 2010 6:30 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:30
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
COME ON RED
Friday February 19, 2010 6:30 Guest
6:30
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
UW one player short
Friday February 19, 2010 6:30 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:32
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
McKeough got in front of a shot and it hit her hard, she went down and they continued play. MN went on to score off of Samantha Downey
Friday February 19, 2010 6:32 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:33
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
McKeough will probably have a bruise, but I'm sure she will be back in... She's a tough one
Friday February 19, 2010 6:33 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:34
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Decker with a great move and a shot off of Grogan
Friday February 19, 2010 6:34 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:34
[Comment From SueSue: ] 
Why didn't the ref stop play when McKeough went down?
Friday February 19, 2010 6:34 Sue
6:35
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Because it was a PP
Friday February 19, 2010 6:35 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:35
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Another WIS power play
Friday February 19, 2010 6:35 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:35
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Ammerman hard into Grogan's chest
Friday February 19, 2010 6:35 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:35
[Comment From ElsEls: ] 
Is there a video of the game?
Friday February 19, 2010 6:35 Els
6:36
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Yes, both on gophersports.com and uscho.com
Friday February 19, 2010 6:36 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:36
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Ammerman sneaks it in from Decker and Giles!
Friday February 19, 2010 6:36 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:37
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Wisconsin with the PP goal and right away UW is back on the PP, Seeler had a body check on the goal
Friday February 19, 2010 6:37 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:37
[Comment From Your bossYour boss: ] 
if there's video, why would anyone read your blog?
Friday February 19, 2010 6:37 Your boss
6:37
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
I know, right?
Friday February 19, 2010 6:37 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:38
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Because I give insight?
Friday February 19, 2010 6:38 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:38
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
After the first, UW cuts the lead to one.
UM leads 2-1
Friday February 19, 2010 6:38 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:38
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
cause she is good at it
Friday February 19, 2010 6:38 Guest
6:39
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
..and yet, I am.
Friday February 19, 2010 6:39 Guest
6:39
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Wisconsin and Minnesota each with a PP goal and UW will have the advantage for 1:17 when they get back.
Friday February 19, 2010 6:39 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:40
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Today UM is honoring the 1999-2000 nat'l champ team
Friday February 19, 2010 6:40 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:41
[Comment From ElsEls: ] 
Technical difficulties on the gophersports.com website so I still have not found a working video; must be OE. Thank goodness we have the blog!!!
Friday February 19, 2010 6:41 Els
6:41
[Comment From MarkMark: ] 
I follow the blog because of your insights into the team, a "fair" reading of the game, and I like the idea of a small dedicated group of fans waiting expextantly for the next entry...
Friday February 19, 2010 6:41 Mark
6:41
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
I'll take "fair" I am new to hockey... that's a compliment in my book!
Friday February 19, 2010 6:41 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:42
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
As for the video, uscho.com is your best bet, UM told me they are struggling with the video.
Friday February 19, 2010 6:42 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:45
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Ohio State leads SCSU 2-1
Friday February 19, 2010 6:45 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:52
[Comment From Aric Madison hockey fanAric Madison hockey fan: ] 
Jackie: Are tjhere any UW players that made the road trip to the twin cities this weekend to watch the series?
Friday February 19, 2010 6:52 Aric Madison hockey fan
6:52
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Besides the team - obviously. Rumor is Angie Keseley is going to be coming out tomorrow night.
Friday February 19, 2010 6:52 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:52
[Comment From NealNeal: ] 
How was the trip?
Friday February 19, 2010 6:52 Neal
6:53
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
not bad, but we would like a win... FYI - Hogan got a 5 min. major against OSU
Friday February 19, 2010 6:53 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:54
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
And we are back on the power-play to start the second. 1:17 remaining
Friday February 19, 2010 6:54 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:55
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Alev with a shot that was blocked
Friday February 19, 2010 6:55 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:56
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
GOLDEN opportunity for Wisconsin, Prevost missed the dish to put it in the empty net with Grogan out of position
Friday February 19, 2010 6:56 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:56
[Comment From NealNeal: ] 
Nice Backdoor attempt for UW!
Friday February 19, 2010 6:56 Neal
6:58
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Great give and go from Ammerman and Giles
Friday February 19, 2010 6:58 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:59
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Ammerman fed her in front of the defense and beaty Grgan on the breakaway
Friday February 19, 2010 6:59 Jacqueline Boscacci
6:59
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
That was beautiful.
Friday February 19, 2010 6:59 Guest
6:59
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
yesssssssssssssssssss
Friday February 19, 2010 6:59 Guest
6:59
[Comment From NealNeal: ] 
Nice Score on the 2 on 1 there Giles!
Friday February 19, 2010 6:59 Neal
6:59
[Comment From Aric-MadisonAric-Madison: ] 
Let go UW #27 and UW #18 and UW # 12 and UW #15. Great goal badgers keep building on the goal now and take the lead in the period stay out of the Penalty box
Friday February 19, 2010 6:59 Aric-Madison
7:00
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
In case anyone was wondering, McKeough is playing again
Friday February 19, 2010 7:00 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:00
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Wow. that was pretty!!!
Friday February 19, 2010 7:00 Guest
7:00
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
lets go team
Friday February 19, 2010 7:00 Guest
7:03
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Wisconsin has only come back to win one game this season after trailing after the first period. So this is a good sign, already back in the game.
Friday February 19, 2010 7:03 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:04
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Ammerman with a turnover in the slot but she went too wide and Grogan got in front of her shot.
Friday February 19, 2010 7:04 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:05
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
A Wisconsin penalty on Ammerman, 2 min for tripping
Friday February 19, 2010 7:05 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:05
[Comment From MollyMolly: ] 
What is the score?
Friday February 19, 2010 7:05 Molly
7:05
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Tied at 2-2
Friday February 19, 2010 7:05 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:06
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Decker with some good defense with a poke check
Friday February 19, 2010 7:06 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:07
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Sanders and Deluce with a 2-on-1 but Grogan gets the save
Friday February 19, 2010 7:07 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:07
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
what's the website you referenced in your last email where we can follow scores around the NCAA in real time?
Friday February 19, 2010 7:07 Guest
7:07
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Badgers full strength
Friday February 19, 2010 7:07 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:08
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Are you referring to my Badger hoskey insiders??
Friday February 19, 2010 7:08 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:08
[Comment From NealNeal: ] 
sloppy play by both teams right now....
Friday February 19, 2010 7:08 Neal
7:08
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
http://www.wcha.com/genrel/stats2.html?files/wchaw_live.php
Friday February 19, 2010 7:08 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:08
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Live scores around the WCHA
Friday February 19, 2010 7:08 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:09
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
McCready with a great stop as UM had a good 1-on-1 chance
Friday February 19, 2010 7:09 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:10
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
And Schleper is going to the box for slashing
Friday February 19, 2010 7:10 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:10
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
UM crowd doesn't like that
Friday February 19, 2010 7:10 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:10
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
But I can hear Let's Go Red coming from below me, so I know some people do :)
Friday February 19, 2010 7:10 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:11
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
ok red here we go 1 2 we want 3
Friday February 19, 2010 7:11 Guest
7:11
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
McCready with another save, make that 8 for tonight
Friday February 19, 2010 7:11 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:12
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Another puck in the bleachers, that was off Alev
Friday February 19, 2010 7:12 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:12
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
no spilled nachos this time
Friday February 19, 2010 7:12 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:12
[Comment From Aric-MadisonAric-Madison: ] 
1 2 we more 1 2 went want more
Friday February 19, 2010 7:12 Aric-Madison
7:12
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
a 2-0n-2 opportunity for UW and Giles gives a little too much on the pass
Friday February 19, 2010 7:12 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:13
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
And UM is full strength
Friday February 19, 2010 7:13 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:14
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
A good chance for UM but she can't get the shot off.
Friday February 19, 2010 7:14 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:14
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Uh oh
Friday February 19, 2010 7:14 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:14
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
A 5-on-3 for UM for 1:47
Friday February 19, 2010 7:14 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:15
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Dronen was not happy about that call
Friday February 19, 2010 7:15 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:15
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Pacholick, decker and Alev out for UW
Friday February 19, 2010 7:15 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:15
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
McCready with three bug saves already
Friday February 19, 2010 7:15 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:16
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
And Alev put her body and front and UW clears
Friday February 19, 2010 7:16 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:16
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
It's intense!
Friday February 19, 2010 7:16 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:16
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Now we gor McKeough, Giles and Havo
Friday February 19, 2010 7:16 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:17
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
McCready with another stop and UW is just one player short
Friday February 19, 2010 7:17 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:18
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
They killed it off, full strength
Friday February 19, 2010 7:18 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:18
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Emily West is going to the box, which i can only assume is for checking
Friday February 19, 2010 7:18 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:18
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
She went for roughing
Friday February 19, 2010 7:18 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:19
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
GOAL!!
Friday February 19, 2010 7:19 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:20
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
It's under review
Friday February 19, 2010 7:20 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:21
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
It's a goal, Giles with her 10th of the season and the 2nd of the game for the PP goal
Friday February 19, 2010 7:21 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:22
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
yesssssssssss
Friday February 19, 2010 7:22 Guest
7:22
[Comment From NealNeal: ] 
Soo Goood!
Friday February 19, 2010 7:22 Neal
7:22
[Comment From MollyMolly: ] 
Yeah for the Badgers!
Friday February 19, 2010 7:22 Molly
7:22
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
great job captain
Friday February 19, 2010 7:22 Guest
7:22
[Comment From ElsEls: ] 
Is that a hat trick for Giles?
Friday February 19, 2010 7:22 Els
7:22
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Her second!
Friday February 19, 2010 7:22 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:22
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
For the second game in a row she's had two
Friday February 19, 2010 7:22 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:23
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
And UW has its first lead of the night
Friday February 19, 2010 7:23 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:25
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Dronen is going back to the box. Tripping - it's her third of the night
Friday February 19, 2010 7:25 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:26
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
That's the end of two. And now Wisconsin leads 3-2 heading into the final frame.
Friday February 19, 2010 7:26 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:42
[Comment From badger ice manbadger ice man: ] 
is there a post season play off picture at all yet
Friday February 19, 2010 7:42 badger ice man
7:43
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Well UMD won tonight, which helps us. and SCSU is leading right now, 3-2
Friday February 19, 2010 7:43 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:43
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
A scramble in front of the UW net to start the period and UW held the Gophs off
Friday February 19, 2010 7:43 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:44
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Wisconsin is full strength
Friday February 19, 2010 7:44 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:44
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Another scramble in front of the net and UM tries to flip it over the defense but flips too high over the crossbar
Friday February 19, 2010 7:44 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:45
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Basically Badger ice man, there are a lot of scenarios still. But if we win, we are looking pretty to host.
Friday February 19, 2010 7:45 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:46
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Depending on how everyone finishes tomorrow we will know our seed.
Friday February 19, 2010 7:46 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:46
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
If we tie in the standings with SCSU we win the tiebreaker
Friday February 19, 2010 7:46 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:47
[Comment From Badger4Badger4: ] 
So the score is 3-2
Friday February 19, 2010 7:47 Badger4
7:47
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
It sure is, in favor of the Badgers
Friday February 19, 2010 7:47 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:48
[Comment From badger ice manbadger ice man: ] 
so this win is very key win
Friday February 19, 2010 7:48 badger ice man
7:49
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Yes sir it would be
Friday February 19, 2010 7:49 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:49
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
If Wisconsin does host, the games will be played at the Eagle's Nest in Verona
Friday February 19, 2010 7:49 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:49
[Comment From Aric-MadisonAric-Madison: ] 
1 2 3 we want more 1 2 3 we want more Badgers
Friday February 19, 2010 7:49 Aric-Madison
7:50
[Comment From NealNeal: ] 
With the Bemidji loss today and with Ohio State down 3-2 a win or a SOL for the Badgers assures them of hosting a first round game.
Friday February 19, 2010 7:50 Neal
7:51
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Well we need to win and so does SC
Friday February 19, 2010 7:51 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:52
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
UM has come out with 6 shots already this period so we need to stay aggressive
Friday February 19, 2010 7:52 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:53
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
McCready with a big save as UM gets a good shot off
Friday February 19, 2010 7:53 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:55
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Prevost with a shot that just sails wide and it's going the other way
Friday February 19, 2010 7:55 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:56
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
McCready with another big save, she has stepped up with some big plays tonight
Friday February 19, 2010 7:56 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:56
[Comment From OzBadgerOzBadger: ] 
How much do the Badgers miss the skaters at the Olympics?
Friday February 19, 2010 7:56 OzBadger
7:57
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Well they haven't been here all year so they have been figuring it out. However, they are all supporting them as they play on the national stage... even the Canadians on our team
Friday February 19, 2010 7:57 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:58
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
On the bis ride up, the team had a good laugh watching Erika and Team USA on the Ellen Show
Friday February 19, 2010 7:58 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:58
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Nash wound up for a hard shot, i think it went off the pads
Friday February 19, 2010 7:58 Jacqueline Boscacci
7:58
[Comment From NealNeal: ] 
For OzBadger: its more the loss of Vetter and the seniors than Knighter and Duggs that has hurt the team. Compounded by the loses in season of Windmeier and Jakiel.
Friday February 19, 2010 7:58 Neal
8:00
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Prevost with a quick shot but Grogan got back in time
Friday February 19, 2010 8:00 Jacqueline Boscacci
8:00
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Prough with a shot from the far faceoff circle
Friday February 19, 2010 8:00 Jacqueline Boscacci
8:00
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
UW has got the momentum back
Friday February 19, 2010 8:00 Jacqueline Boscacci
8:01
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Four minutes left to play
Friday February 19, 2010 8:01 Jacqueline Boscacci
8:01
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Badgers lead 3-2
Friday February 19, 2010 8:01 Jacqueline Boscacci
8:02
[Comment From NealNeal: ] 
SCSU still up on OSU 3-2 with under 4min left in the game.
Friday February 19, 2010 8:02 Neal
8:03
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
McCready with another big stop, this time she made two or three.
Friday February 19, 2010 8:03 Jacqueline Boscacci
8:05
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Under a minute and a half
Friday February 19, 2010 8:05 Jacqueline Boscacci
8:05
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
McCready again had some big saves.
Friday February 19, 2010 8:05 Jacqueline Boscacci
8:06
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
UM took a timeout with 1:01 left
Friday February 19, 2010 8:06 Jacqueline Boscacci
8:06
[Comment From AllisonAllison: ] 
HOLLERR!!! LET'S GO RED!!!!!!!!!!
Friday February 19, 2010 8:06 Allison
8:07
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
And here we go
Friday February 19, 2010 8:07 Jacqueline Boscacci
8:07
[Comment From badger ice manbadger ice man: ] 
are they talking about when to pull the goalie think?
Friday February 19, 2010 8:07 badger ice man
8:07
[Comment From MarkMark: ] 
On Wisconsin!
Friday February 19, 2010 8:07 Mark
8:07
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
I'd say so
Friday February 19, 2010 8:07 Jacqueline Boscacci
8:08
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
And Grogan is off
Friday February 19, 2010 8:08 Jacqueline Boscacci
8:08
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
:20
Friday February 19, 2010 8:08 Jacqueline Boscacci
8:08
[Comment From Aric-MadisonAric-Madison: ] 
Let Go Red lets Go Red!
Friday February 19, 2010 8:08 Aric-Madison
8:08
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Minnesota tied it up with the man advantage
Friday February 19, 2010 8:08 Jacqueline Boscacci
8:09
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
The play is under review
Friday February 19, 2010 8:09 Jacqueline Boscacci
8:10
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
That hurts... Emily West with the goal with 16.7 seconds left
Friday February 19, 2010 8:10 Jacqueline Boscacci
8:10
[Comment From MKMK: ] 
cmonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn red
Friday February 19, 2010 8:10 MK
8:11
[Comment From MollyMolly: ] 
who was on the ice for UW on that last goal?
Friday February 19, 2010 8:11 Molly
8:12
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Decker, Giles, Ammerman, McKeough and Havo
Friday February 19, 2010 8:12 Jacqueline Boscacci
8:13
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
A couple UM chances and UW needs to get that momentum back
Friday February 19, 2010 8:13 Jacqueline Boscacci
8:14
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
A 2-on-1 and McCready makes the save
Friday February 19, 2010 8:14 Jacqueline Boscacci
8:15
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Decker with the open shot and somehow Grogan kept it from going in. She was down flat on her stomach and Decker couldn't get it back up
Friday February 19, 2010 8:15 Jacqueline Boscacci
8:16
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Under two minutes
Friday February 19, 2010 8:16 Jacqueline Boscacci
8:17
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
GOALLLL!!!!!!!!!!!
Friday February 19, 2010 8:17 Jacqueline Boscacci
8:18
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Prevost got the game winner with 56 seconds left in overtime
Friday February 19, 2010 8:18 Jacqueline Boscacci
8:18
[Comment From NealNeal: ] 
Nice Job Prevy way to save the day!
Friday February 19, 2010 8:18 Neal
8:18
[Comment From MKMK: ] 
RED RED RED RED RED RED RED RED RED RED RED RED RED RED RED RED RED RED RED RED RED RED RED RED RED RED RED RED
Friday February 19, 2010 8:18 MK
8:18
[Comment From NealNeal: ] 
SCSU 3-2 over OSU, Final
Friday February 19, 2010 8:18 Neal
8:19
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Wow, what a finish. With that Wisconsin is guaranteed to host next week and pending tomorrow's results we will know what seed and who they play
Friday February 19, 2010 8:19 Jacqueline Boscacci
8:19
[Comment From WedgeWedge: ] 
What a huge victory
Friday February 19, 2010 8:19 Wedge
8:20
[Comment From MollyMolly: ] 
I am exhausted! YEAH BADGERS!
Friday February 19, 2010 8:20 Molly
8:20
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Me too, that was intense!
Friday February 19, 2010 8:20 Jacqueline Boscacci
8:20
[Comment From MKMK: ] 
From Bulldog fans up in Duluth, WE THANK YOU!
Friday February 19, 2010 8:20 MK
8:20
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
We will take that too.
Friday February 19, 2010 8:20 Jacqueline Boscacci
8:20
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
We are back tomorrow at 4 p.m. See you then!
Friday February 19, 2010 8:20 Jacqueline Boscacci
8:21
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
Wisconsin wins 4-3 in overtime
Friday February 19, 2010 8:21 Jacqueline Boscacci
8:23
[Comment From MKMK: ] 
no, really-- we respect the badgers big time-- but this is especially sweet.
Friday February 19, 2010 8:23 MK
8:23
[Comment From Badger4Badger4: ] 
Tell the tea mgood job
Friday February 19, 2010 8:23 Badger4
8:23
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
can we buy video tomorrow on the big ten's website?
Friday February 19, 2010 8:23 Guest
8:23
Jacqueline Boscacci: 
No, they will have it on gophersports.com though. And the game is on the BTN at 10 p.m. tomorrow night.
Friday February 19, 2010 8:23 Jacqueline Boscacci
8:24
 

 
 
 

100 backstroke update

Junior Maggie Meyer, the national leader in the event at 52.41, swam a 53.49 to grab fourth overall and earn the No. 4 seed for tonight's championship final of the 100-yard backstroke.

Senior Candice Peak earned a spot in the championship final, as well, by swimming a season-best 54.70 to grab the No. 8 seed.

Meyer split 25.52 for the first 50 yards of her prelims race and held the lead at the midway point, before she was eventually overtaken by Indiana's Taylor Wohrley. The Hoosiers duo of Kate Fesenko and Donna Smailis also are seeded ahead of Meyer based on prelims performance.

Senior Sara Goff clocked in at a season-best 54.86 to finish 10th overall and earn a spot in the consolation final, where she will be joined by sophomore Amie Osten, who was 11th-fastest with a season-best time of 55.04.

100 breaststroke update

Sophomore Ashley Wanland will have a chance at her second Big Ten title of the week tonight after qualifying No. 2 for the championship final of the 100-yard breaststroke with a season-best time of 1:00.43.

She and Minnesota's Jillian Tyler, who clocked a nation-leading time of 1:00.09, will be the top two seeds for tonight's final. Wanland finished second to Tyler as a freshman at last year's Big Ten championships.

Wanland's time is the sixth-fastest in school history, trailing only five marks she had previously set. Friday, she split a 28.95 for the first 50 yards to hold the lead at the midway point and never looked back.

Freshman Paulina Gralow clocked in at 1:03.09, tying for 18th overall and earning a spot in the "C" final.

Freshman Brittany Kimmitt finished second in her heat, posting a significant time drop down to 1:03.64 that has her 23rd overall and into the "C" final, as well.

200 free update

Rosie Morahan clocked a 1:49.41 to finish 24th overall, and she will swim in the "C" final tonight.

Sophomore Danielle Beckwith won her heat in 1:49.55, with senior Anna Chang clocking in at 1:52.04 to finish sixth in the section. Beckwith ended up 25th overall, with freshman Laura Miler (1:49.60) in 26th. Chang stacked up 49th overall.

Freshman Ruby Martin clocked in at a personal-best 1:50.35 to finish 31st, while Kelsey Gergen posted a time of 1:52.86 and was 57th

Next up is the 100-yard breaststroke, for which sophomore Ashley Wanland is the No. 2 seed.

100 fly update

Junior Karlyn Hougan cracked the final of the 100-yard butterfly by swimming a time of 55.24 to finish 15th overall. She will compete in the consolation final tonight.

West Lafayette native Anna Chang dropped more than three tenths off her seed time and finished in 56.19, good for 32nd overall.

On to the 200 free prelims, with eight Badgers set to swim.

400 IM update

The Badgers will have a pair of swimmers in the consolation final of the 400-yard individual medley.

Senior Maddalena won her heat with the fastest time of the morning to that point, dropping 10 seconds off her seed time with a finish in 4:19.74.

The time ended up placing Maddalena 11th overall, giving her a spot in the consolation final.

She grabbed the lead during the breaststroke leg and had the top spot at the wall with 100 yards to go. She then extended her advantage over the final freestyle leg.

Maddalena's personal-best mark in the race is 4:16.53.

Senior Libby Brooks went 4:20.40 to finish sixth in her heat, and the time stacked up 15th overall. Her lifetime best in the event is 4:14.04.

Redshirt freshman Monika Stitski just missed a chance at scoring, finishing 17th in 4:21.31 to end up in tonight's  "C" final.

Let me begin...

Amid all the excitement of the Badgers' wins in the 200 freestyle relay and 50 freestyle last night, I forgot to mention one of the most interesting developments of the evening.

As the top eight finishers from each race are paraded to the awards stand to pick up their medals, the fight song of the winning athlete (or relay) is played inside the pool. It's a nice touch to the ceremonies, but it was taken up a notch after the Badgers won the 200 free relay.

Thompson takes 50 free title

Sophomore Beckie Thompson grabbed her second Big Ten title of the night by claiming the 50-yard freestyle championship for the second-consecutive year.

Thompson trimmed her time to 22.23 on her way the win, while junior teammate Maggie Meyer grabbed fourth place with a time of 22.58.

A 22.97 for junior Kelsey Gergen earned her a win in the consolation final -- and a ninth-place finish overall. Freshman Ruby Martin was seven in the consolation final -- and 15th overall -- in a time of 23.26.

All four were part of the Badgers' championship effort in the 200 freestyle relay, as well.

Senior Rosie Morahan grabbed a fourth-place finish in the "C" final in 23.30.

200 IM update

In the consolation final of the 200 individual medley, senior Candice Peak was second after backstroke leg but finished eighth in 2:03.47 to add a point to the Badgers' tally.


Redshirt freshman Monika Stitski earned a 20th-place overall finish by taking fourth in the "C" final of the 200 IM in 2:03.02.


Next up is the 50 freestyle, with sophomore Beckie Thompson and junior Maggie Meyer seeded 1-2 for the championship final. Thompson's prelims time of 22.24 ranks as the No. 2 time in the nation heading into tonight's finals session.


The Badgers stand sixth in the team race with 105 points heading into the 50 free. Minnesota leads the way at 167 points.

500 freestyle update

Senior Gabby Maddalena took seventh in the consolation final of the 500-yard freestyle, clocking in at 4:48.79.

That performance adds valuable points to the Badgers' total heading into the 200 IM, where Candice Peak also is in position to score as the top seed in the consolation final.

Sophomore Danielle Beckwith won the "C" final of the 500 free with a personal-best time of 4:48.25.

So nice, they did it twice

The Badgers opened the second night of the Big Ten championships Thursday the same way they opened things Wednesday, by scoring a relay win.

The quartet of sophomore Beckie Thompson, junior Maggie Meyer, junior Kelsey Gergen and freshman Ruby Martin claimed the win in 1:28.97.

The mark is the second-fastest time in school history and propelled the Badgers into an early lead in the team standings, with 102 points. Minnesota, Indiana and Michigan are just behind at 96 points each.

Thompson started things off with a 23.40 split, which Meyer followed with a blazing 50-yard leg of 20.81 to stake the Badgers the lead at the race's halfway point. Gergen split 22.41 and Martin brought the effort home in 22.35 to ensure the Badgers never trailed again.

The race makes the Badgers the first team in the nation to break the 1:29 mark this season, although a number of other conferences are contesting the 200 free relay at championship meets tonight, as well.

The performance also marks the first time in which the Badgers have swept the championships in the 200 free and 200 medley relays in the same season.

On deck is the 500-yard freestyle, which includes sophomore Danielle Beckwith in the "C" final and senior Gabby Maddalena in the consolation final.

Don't forget to follow along with live results and live video.

Pictures from the pool

Here's a photo gallery from this morning's prelims session. I'll add photos from the finals as I get them tonight.

Putting a period on prelims

The 1-meter diving competition has concluded, which officially wraps up today's prelims session.

The Badgers did not advance a diver to either the consolation final (which begins in 15 minutes) or tonight's championship final.

Freshman Roxanne Fitter posted a score of 247.80 to finish 18th, and Ciara Rinaudo was 25th with a score of 237.60. Emily Cheffins was 31st (213.95) and Leslie Cannon was 33rd (204.40).

Heading into tonight's finals in the pool, Beckie Thompson's conference-best time of 22.24 in the 50-yard freestyle stands as the No. 2 mark in the country this year. Michele King of Tennessee clocked a 22.22 in the prelims of the SEC championships this morning that stands as the NCAA's fastest time so far.

Four for finals

The Badgers pushed four swimmers through to tonight's finals in the 50-yard freestyle, with sophomore Beckie Thompson and junior Maggie Meyer finishing 1-2 in the prelims session.

Thompson's time of 22.24 would be the fastest in the nation this year based on marks entering the day, but a number of other conferences also are contesting their championship meets this week.

Meyer clocked in at a season-best 22.54 to earn the No. 2 seed for tonight's championship final.

Advancing into the consolation final, also with the opportunity to score valuable team points for the Badgers tonight, are freshman Ruby Martin and junior Kesley Gergen.

The 50 free could be a big-time scoring event for the Badgers, who also have an opportunity to add to their total in the 200 freestyle relay, as well.

Senior Candice Peak also is in scoring position and will swim in the consolation final of the 200 individual medley after laying down an NCAA "B" cut of 2:10.79

Senior Gabby Maddalena can say the same after recording the 16th-fastest time in the 500-yard freestyle at 4:49.25, an NCAA "B" cut, to earn a spot in the consolation final of that event.

The swimmers are heading back to the hotel, but I'll stick around to provide updates from the 1-meter diving competition, which begins at noon.

Team USA goes on the Ellen Show

Ellen DeGeneres had the U.S. Women's Olympic Team on her show Wednesday, Feb. 17, after Team USA picked up wins over China and Russia. Wisconsin alum, Erika Lawler, claimed Ellen as the celebrity she'd most like to meet. In return, Ellen named Erika her favorite on the team.

Watch the video here

I would swim 500 yards...

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... and I would swim 500 more ... OK, well I wouldn't. But five Badgers will this morning as we kick off the second day of the Big Ten championships in the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.

The first of nine heats of the 500-yard freestyle preliminaries is in the water, with Emma Cabrera leading things off for the Badgers this morning.

Also set to swim in the 500 free are Kelly Winckler (heat 2), Abby Soderholm (heat 5), Gabby Maddalena (heat 6) and Danielle Beckwith (heat 7).

Check back here for updates throughout the morning prelims session. Also, follow live results, and check out Purdue's live (and free!) video stream.

The next step

Monday night I attended the student-athlete Career Fair. This was a unique opportunity for student-athletes to network with representatives from different companies, most of whom were former UW athletes. I was pretty excited about this event because I'm now in the process of looking for internships and beginning to really think about what I want to do post graduation. I've always been told that networking is one of the best ways to land the job that you want, so my main goal tonight was to talk to as many people, and begin to form as many relationships as possible.

Badgers 1-0

The Wisconsin women's swimming team is off to a hot start at the Big Ten championships after scoring a win in the 200-yard medley relay to open the meet Wednesday at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.

The Badgers grabbed the win -- their second-consecutive Big Ten title in the event -- by clocking a pool-record time of 1:37.34 to finish over a second ahead of runner-up Minnesota.

The time, recorded by the foursome of junior Maggie Meyer, sophomore Ashley Wanland, junior Karlyn Hougan and sophomore Beckie Thompson, is the fourth-fastest mark in school history and is an automatic NCAA qualifying mark.

Meyer staked the Badgers to an early lead by splitting a 24.16 on the opening 50-yard backstroke leg. Wanland followed with a strong swim on the breaststroke leg, and the Badgers owned a lead of nearly a second over Michigan at the halfway point.

Hougan followed with a split of 23.82 to keep the Badgers out front, and Thompson anchored the winning effort home in an outstanding time of 21.86.

The title is third-career championship for Meyer, Thompson and Wanland, and the first for Hougan.

The 800-yard freestyle relay is up next, at 6 p.m.

10-minute warning

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We're 10 minutes out from the start of the 200-yard medley relay and the opening of the 2010 Big Ten Championships.

The Badgers will swim out of lane 3 in the second of two heats. Michigan, with a seed time of 1:39.87, drew lane 4. Wisconsin's top time in the event is 1:40.77.

In the 800 free relay, the Badgers will swim out of lane 1 in the second of two heats, with a seed time of 7:23.13.

Follow live results here, and also check back here for results after each race tonight.

In their own words

Thanks to Drew Scharenbroch and the video services staff, we have posted a pair of videos previewing the Big Ten championships:

Splashdown in Boilermaker country

The Badgers rolled up to the Boilermaker Aquatic Center a little after 5 p.m. (Central ... I'll talk in terms of the Central time zone on the blog this week) last night, but not before getting to see more of West Lafayette, Ind., than expected.

The same GPS unit that suggested our Badger Bus driver head through downtown Gary, Ind., instead of staying on Interstate 90 (really, GPS?) apparently wanted us to take the scenic route through West Lafayette, as well.

Heading east to West Lafayette

After rolling out of Madison at 1 p.m. Tuesday, the Wisconsin women's swimming and diving team is on its way to West Lafayette, Ind., for the 2010 Big Ten Championships.

As of 3:14 p.m. (Central), our Badger Bus is mired in traffic heading into Chicago. I can see the Sears Tower (or whatever it's called now, anyway) ahead, but it's not getting bigger in the window very quickly.

In the DVD department, Dumb and Dumber is in the books, and we've moved on to Friday Night Lights. Looking through the remaining movie selections assistant coach Carrie Nixon brought along, however, things could get a little dicey for the six men along for the trip.


The Voice with Matt Lepay

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In late February 2000, the Wisconsin men's basketball team went to Iowa with a 13-12 record, 5-8 in the Big Ten.  I remember wondering whether the Badgers would make the NIT.  There had been some impressive victories, including 16-point wins against 10th-ranked Texas, 17th-ranked Temple, and a thrilling 63-59 triumph at home against No. 19 Illinois.

Leuer returns to practice

Junior forward Jon Leuer has not appeared in a game or practiced since injuring his wrist vs. Purdue on Jan. 9.

Until now.

Archived Gameday Blog: Men's basketball vs. Indiana

Please join Brian Lucas as he chronicles all the action from today's game between the 11th-ranked Badgers (18-6, 8-4) and Indiana (9-14, 3-8) with the Gameday Blog, live from the Kohl Center.

Archived Gameday Blog: Men's basketball vs. Illinois

Please join Brian Mason as he chronicles all the action from tonight's game between the 11th-ranked Badgers (18-5, 8-3) and Illinois (16-8, 8-3) with the Gameday Blog, live from the Kohl Center.


"The Voice" with Matt Lepay

After the Wisconsin men's basketball team knocked off Michigan State last Tuesday, Bo Ryan gave praise to associate head coach Greg Gard.  The head coach also gave some love to the scout team for how well it prepared the regular rotation players for the Spartans.  I can't argue with Ryan on either topic.

Keep on climbing: Badgers up to No. 11 in AP poll

There was nowhere to go but up for Wisconsin after a pair of wins last week over Michigan State and Michigan, and that's exactly the direction the Badgers headed in this week's rankings.

UW (18-5) moved up three spots Monday to No. 13 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and jumped five places to No. 11 in the Associated Press Top 25.

Archived rinkside blog: Culver's Camp Randall Hockey Classic

Please join Brady Hartung and Allison Metcalf as they chronicle all of today's action live from the Culver's Camp Randall Hockey Classic.

To begin the day, the No. 9 Wisconsin women (15-10-3, 12-9-1 WCHA) will square off against the Bemidji State Beavers (8-13-7, 7-8-7 WCHA) in a conference battle.

The second matchup of the day features the No. 3 Wisconsin men (15-7-4, 11-6-3 WCHA) and the No. 19 Michigan Wolverines (16-12-1, 11-9-1 CCHA) in a crucial non-conference battle.
 

Archived Live Blog: 2010 Football Signing Day

Our coverage kicked off at 7 a.m. with a live blog from head coach Bret Bielema's office. Director of athletic communications Brian Lucas conveyed the news in real time. The blog was the first place to learn who had committed to UW and see how the day progressed.

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Points per possession

It's often one of the first questions Coach Ryan asks of his assistant coaches at halftime or after a game, "What were our points per possession? What were they?"

What is Coach Ryan asking for and how are his Badgers doing in that stat?

"The Voice" with Matt Lepay

Every now and then, I will hear or read from someone in the sports media that the only thing that matters in college basketball is March Madness. 
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