McKeown strikes at world swimming trials
USC Spartan Kaylee McKeown says a barnstorming display at the world swimming trials has helped to take the pressure off for the remainder of the meet.
The 17-year-old was the first Sunshine Coast product to stamp her mark at the Brisbane meet on Sunday night, pulling out a massive personal best in the women's 200m Individual Medley.
The teenager stormed home in a time of 2:09.94 to not only place first but under the qualifying time of 2:10.45 as well.
McKeown's backstroke leg was where she pulled away from the pack, which included experienced campaigner Blair Evans (UWA West Coast) and Meg Bailey (Hunter) who clocked 2:13.55 and 2:14.39, respectively.
McKeown said she was ecstatic with the result.
"So much effort has gone behind this swim and to come out with a personal best tonight is awesome," she said in a Swimming Australia press release.
"I was focussing on skills, not necessarily the speed and I think I have done that tonight.
"This obviously takes the pressure off for the rest of the week, so I am super stoked with that."
Fellow Spartan Tianni Gilmour was seventh in that race.
Meanwhile, Spartan Jake Packard hit the wall fourth in the men's 100m breaststroke in a time of 1:00.42, outside the world championship qualifying time of 59.24.
SOPAC's Matthew Wilson won that race in a time of 59.78.
The Sippy Downs-based club's swimmers Leah Neale and Mikkayla Sheridan finished fourth and sixth respectively in the women's 400m freestyle final, outside world championships qualifying times.
In other results, Kawana Waters' Jemma Schlicht (59.51) improved on her performance to place third in the women's 100m butterfly final behind Griffith University's Emma McKeon and UWA West Coast's Brianna Throssell.
USC Spartan Alexandria Perkins was eighth in that final.
Noosa's Nick Sloman was sixth in the men's 400m freestyle final.
The world swimming trials continues on Monday, with McKeown (100m backstroke) and Noosa's Kareena Lee (1500m freestyle) among the locals in action.