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.

Fortunately, there was a West Lafayette native on board to get us back on track. Senior swimmer Anna Chang not only got the bus pointed in the right direction, but also grabbed the mic and served as tour guide as we rolled past landmarks like the street she grew up on, West Lafayette Junior/Senior High School and a Marsh supermarket ("It's just like Copps, except that it's called Marsh").

The team got down to business once we arrived at the pool, spending about 45 minutes warming up in the pool and the diving well.

Head coach Eric Hansen used the time to do a live interview for the Wisconsin Women's Sports Hour, which you can listen to here. Also check out video of Hansen looking ahead to the Big Ten championships and previewing the meet at Monday's press conference.

After breakfast at 8 a.m., the team rolled out again and headed to the pool to get more work in before the meet begins tonight with the 200-yard medley and 800-yard freestyle relays at 5:30 p.m.

A complete preview, with links to Purdue's meet home page, live results and other pertinent information is posted here.

Be sure to check back tonight, as I'll be not-quite-live blogging updates from the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.

ON WISCONSIN