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.
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