Silver's just fine for Coast's Taylor McKeown
SWIMMING: Taylor McKeown says she didn't expect to bring home any medals from this year's Olympic games, so to walk away with silver after yesterday's 4x100 medley relay is like cream on top.
McKeown joined 100m freestyle favourite Cate Campbell, backstroke star Emily Seebhom and butterfly swimmer Emma McKeon for the final yesterday morning.
Fellow Sunshine Coast product Brittany Elmslie missed out on a spot in the final, but will still walk away with a silver medal to complement her gold in the women's 4x100 freestyle relay on Day 1.
The Nambour-born 22-year-old now has five Olympic medals to her name, after claiming one gold and two silver medals at London 2012.
But in her first Olympics appearance, 21-year-old McKeown was considered one of the University of the Sunshine Coast's swimming team's best chances of bringing home a medal.
Although she failed to fire in her individual breaststroke events over 100m and 200m, a gutsy split of 1min 7.05sec in the relay set it up for McKeon and Campbell to finish the job.
Campbell put in one of her best swims of the meet to touch the wall in second place behind the United States of America and just 0.01sec ahead of Denmark.
"This is definitely a memory that will stay with me forever,” McKeown said before lauding Campbell's blistering final 100m.
"In the end we got there, Cate had an amazing finish.
"Nothing can top that. I came to this Olympics and didn't expect to get any medals, so to walk away with silver, I am very, very happy.”
The 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist was disappointed with her individual performances and said nerves did get the better of her in the 200m breaststroke final, where she swam 1min 7.12sec.
"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.”
Brisbane's Seebhom, who was a hot favourite in her individual backstroke events for a second straight Olympics, 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 leave McKeon still within striking distance in the butterfly.
Cate Campbell finished like a bullet, putting aside the disappointment of her 100m and 50m freestyle failures to steal silver from the Danes in 3min 55sec.
The win took Australia's swimming medal tally to nine, with three gold , four silver and two bronze medals, before fellow USC swimmer Jake Packard's 4x100m men's medley relay team also picked up bronze and made it 10 medals for the meet. Packard's bronze made it five medals for Sunshine Coast swimmers at Rio, with Leah Neale also picking up silver for her efforts in the 4x200m freestyle relay last week.