NOT JUST A PRETTY FACE: Taylor McKeown has big ambitions at the Games.
NOT JUST A PRETTY FACE: Taylor McKeown has big ambitions at the Games. Funkita Swimwear

BREAKING: Coast's Taylor McKeown wins silver at Rio

SWIMMING: Sunshine Coast's Taylor McKeown won't come home from Rio empty-handed, playing her role in Australia's 4x100 medley relay silver medal win earlier today.

McKeown joined 100m freestyle favourite Cate Campbell, backstroke star Emily Seebhom and butterfly swimmer Emma McKeon for the final team event of the meet.

In her opening Olympics, McKeown was one of the University of the Sunshine Coast swimming team's best chances of bringing home a medal.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist was disappointed with her individual performances.

She admitted to letting nerves get the better of her in the 100m and 200m breaststroke events, she now has a shiny souvenir to bring home.

"That relay was a lot of fun.” she told Channel 7.

"We really wanted to end the night on a positive note. To come away from the Olympics not empty-handed ... that keeps me going.”

Seebhom put Australia in strong position after her opening backstroke leg, sending McKeown into the pool in third position.

McKeown failed to fire in the opening 50m, but finished strongly to put McKeon still within striking distance in the butterfly.

Cate Campbell finished like a bullet, putting the disappointment of her 100m and 50m freestyle failures behind her to touch the wall in second behind the United States.

It take's Australia's swimming medal tally to nine, with three gold medals, four silver and two bronze.