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Buffalo's Women's Swimming and Diving's Megan Burns invited to Nationals in two events

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Following last week's MAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, chatter around UB was that sophomore Megan Burns had done enough in her signature event - the 50 free - to secure an invitation to the NCAA Championships despite missing the autobid that comes with an 'A' cut.

I'm not sure when the list of invitees was put out, but Burns has indeed secured an invitation in not only the 50 free, but also the 100 free. She's the first Bull to travel to Nationals since Brittney Kuras and Mallory Morrell each made the meet in 2013. Morrell in particular is of note as it was her school record in the 50 free that Burns broke at this year's conference championships.

In 2013, Morrell set the school mark in the MAC prelims and went on to finish 13th at Nationals to become UB's second-ever All-American in Women's Swimming and Diving, after diver Meili Carpenter in 2010.

Burns' qualifying times of 22.16 (50) and 48.65 (100) place her in the middle of two tight packs, 20th in the 50, and 31st in the 100. In such a tight field, the difference between advancing to the consolation or (dare I dream?) the finals could very well be just one-hundredth of a second, especially in the 50.

Burns is one of five MAC swimmers invited to individual events, though one of Akron's relay teams did hit an A cut at the MAC Championships. The National Championships are hosted by Georgia Tech and will take place beginning in two weeks on 16 March.