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Megan Burns fails to qualify in 50 free at NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships

Burns' prelim time of 22.33 was her fastest non-relay split of the season, but fell short of advancing to the consolation.

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Seeking to become UB's first All-American since Mallory Morrell in 2013, UB sophomore Megan Burns found herself today in the same event as Morrell, just a few weeks after breaking her predecessors school record.

Though Burns swam a non-relay season best of 22.33 in her preliminary heat today, she failed to match her 22.16 seed time set in the first leg of a relay at the MAC Championships, and ultimately finished 22nd, two-tenths of a second away from a spot in the consolation.

Even so, it's the first Buffalo appearance at Nationals since Morrell and  Brittney Kuras in that 2013 season, and the 22nd-place finish is a promising start to national-level competition for the sophomore, who has two years remaining with the Bulls.

And of course, Burns isn't done in this meet alone either, as she's also earned a spot in the 100 freestyle, which will be contested on Saturday. Throughout her career, she's been stronger in the 50 than the 100, but anything can happen.