Wisconsin, ranked eighth nationally, took second in the 200-yard medley relay and the 800 freestyle relay.
The team of Susan Johnson, Amalia Sarnecki, Jenny Gelden and Sarah Hernandez posted a time of 1:40.75 in the 200 medley relay, breaking a school record by .44 seconds. Penn State's winning time in the event (1:39.06) was a Big Ten record.
The Badgers 800 freestyle relay team of Anna Trinidad, Liz Klanderman, Johnson and Carly Piper posted a 7:11.93, behind only Michigan (7:09.42).
With 67 team points, Wisconsin trails Michigan (73) and Penn State (72) in the overall Big Ten standings.
Competition continues through Saturday.
Women's tennis befuddles Marquette
No. 36 Wisconsin walloped visiting Marquette Wednesday, sweeping the competition for a 7-0 win.
The Badgers won all three doubles matches to take that point, then won every set in the singles competition for good measure.
Playing together for the first time, sophomores Caitlin Burke and Kaylan Caiati scored eight straight points to top Francina Bonnelly and Elsemieke Dokter 8-1 at No. 2 doubles.
Burke clinched UW's win with a 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 2 singles.
Freshman Chelsea Nusslock won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 6 singles for her third straight singles win and her team-leading fifth dual match victory.