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.
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