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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.