ON WAY TO RIO: Taylor McKeown swims during the heats of the women's 100m breaststroke at the national championships.
ON WAY TO RIO: Taylor McKeown swims during the heats of the women's 100m breaststroke at the national championships. DAVE HUNT

McKeown keen to make most of chance in 200 breaststroke

SWIMMING: Members of the Australian swimming team like Sunshine Coast's Taylor McKeown know all too well the hype which surrounds golden girl of the pool, Cate Campbell.

Moments after she'd broken a 200m breaststroke meet record which stood for more than 12 years before heading to Rio, the nation's media had surrounded the 21-year-old University of the Sunshine Coast swimmer.

But when Campbell broke the 100m freestyle world record moments later, the mood changed.

The hype surrounding the Campbell sisters, Cameron McEvoy and now Mack Horton, has allowed swimmers like McKeown to fly under the radar in the lead-up to her pet event.

"I was feeling pretty good after breaking Leisel (Jones') record and winning by quite a bit and when I came back the media were all around me," she said.

"They were like 'oh that's awesome, it's like world top-four time' and I was thinking yeah, it felt pretty good.

"Then literally ten minutes later Cate breaks the world record and I was like 'Geez, thanks Cate. Can I please have a moment?'"

McKeown will be in the pool for her first heat in the early hours of Thursday morning, and will look to atone for her missed opportunity in the 100m breaststroke semi-final.