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Swimming and diving nets 10 qualifying times in opening session

Session I Results

AUSTIN, Texas - The opening session at the Texas Invitational has been completed and the Badgers' swimming and diving teams posted 10 NCAA 'B' qualifying times while putting seven swimmers through to the 'A' finals later Thursday night.

Sophomore Dan Lester had the highlight of the day as he posted the second-fastest time of the year in the nation in the 100-yard butterfly, coming in with a mark of 46.70. The time was just .16 off of the school record set by Scott Rice in 2008. Lester also qualified individually for the 'A' final of the 200-yard IM.

The Badgers will have two athletes competing in the 'A' final of the 50-yard freestyle as Maggie Meyer and Beckie Thompson tied for second overall with a 22.53 mark, the fastest time posted by a UW swimmer this season.

Karlyn Hougan posted a season-best time of 54.00 in the 100-yard butterfly to make the 'A' final, while Laura Miller swam to a time of 2:01.43 to make the 'A' final of the 200 IM.

Also competing in an 'A' final tonight is Michael Weiss. He swam the seventh-fastest time in the 500-yard freestyle, coming in at 4:27.63.

Check back to UWBadgers.com later Thursday night for a complete recap of the day's events.

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!

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Sunday has arrived at the 2010 Big Ten Outdoor Championships, and the Badgers have used the first two days of competition to put themselves in the hunt for the team championship on the men's and women's sides.

The day gets going with Chavon Robinson going for the season sweep of the league's women's triple jump titles at 10 a.m. Other early events include the women's discus (10 a.m.), with freshmen Taylor Smith and Jasmine Boyer looking to score in a second event after finishing fifth and sixth yesterday in the shot put.

Senior Jenny Soceka comes into the meet with the Big Ten's top mark in the women's pole vault and will go for her first conference title at 11 a.m. Fellow senior Megan Seidl will go for her second crown -- she won in 2008 -- in the high jump at 11:30 a.m.

On the men's side, things really get going with the 4x100-meter relay at 11:55 a.m. From there, it gets fast and furious on the track as more than a dozen events will be decided over the following three hours.

The Badger men also have title contenders in the javelin (Robert Dehn, 12:30 p.m.) and 110-meter hurdles (Nate Larkin, 12:35 p.m.), both of whom were All-Big Ten with runner-up finishes in their events last year.

Kyle Jefferson and James Groce are contenders in the 400 meters (12:45 p.m.), as is Zach Beth in the 800 meters (1:08 p.m.). Gavin Robertson runs the 200 meters at 1:42 p.m., with a host of Badgers looking to continue UW's distance tradition in the 5,000 meters at 2:11 p.m.

That includes Landon Peacock, who seeks a season sweep of the Big Ten's 5,000 meters titles after winning the crown indoor.

The 4x400-meter relay wraps things up at 2:45 p.m.

Catch the Badgers on TV Sunday

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You'll have to wait a week to watch what unfolds today on the final day of competition at 2010 Big Ten Outdoor Championships on TV, but Big Ten Network will help tide you over a little bit tonight.

The network will air its tape-delayed broadcast of the Musco Twilight Invitational at 6 p.m. (CT) tonight, and you can expect to see plenty of the Badgers. Wisconsin won several events at the meet in Iowa City on May 1, including both the men's 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays.

So, be sure to tune in tonight. Or, if you'll be on the way home from Bloomington (like me), just remember to set your DVR.

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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.
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