Confident McKeown ready for World’s test

By Drew Beveridge

USC Spartan Kaylee McKeown has admitted she is nervous ahead of this weekend’s world swimming trials in Brisbane.

Last month she received a confidence boost in what she calls her “best meet yet” at the UniSport Nationals, where she won the 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke and 100m individual medley.

Despite the dominant performance, McKeown said she was excited to challenge her nerves and test herself against the best in the field, in an attempt to qualify for the World Championships in Korea.

“I love having the nerves…it means I care about what I’m going to do,” she said.

“I hope the nerves keep building so I can put out a good performance.

“It’s a stepping stone ahead of the Olympics next year and a great opportunity to race against the best over in Korea.”

McKeown is part of a 10-strong team of USC Spartans who will race to earn a spot on the team to compete.

Coach Chris Mooney said his focus is for athletes to just make finals because “all they need is an opportunity”.

He said the pressure McKeown would truly be the feeling was the excitement and it was something he wanted her to use to her advantage.

“Nerves are good, I’ll be nervous and her teammates will be too,” he said.

“She has that youth on her competitors and this event is a stepping stone for us.”

Mr Mooney said the athletes were enjoying a week of relaxed training load before the event.

The will be held from June 9-14 at Chandler Aquatic Centre.

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