IN FORM: Brittany Elmslie was quick in the medley relay heats.
IN FORM: Brittany Elmslie was quick in the medley relay heats. DEAN LEWINS

Sunshine Coast trio within sight of medals in medley relays

SWIMMING: A trio of athletes with links to the Sunshine Coast are withing striking distance of medley relay medals at the Rio Olympics.

Freestyle prospect Brittany Elmslie and breaststroke specialist Taylor McKeown helped Australia's 4x100m medley relay team into a final while Jack Packard (breaststroke) contributed to the men's 4x100m medley relay unit which also secured a spot in a final.

Elmslie and McKeown combined with Madi Wilson, and Maddie Groves to clock the fifth fastest qualifying time of 3:57.80.

They were second in their heat behind the USA who were fastest qualifiers in 3:54.67.

Elmslie's performance was imposing. She helped the team move from fourth to second, recording a split of 53.07.

Meanwhile, Packard and the men's team finished second in their heat and progressed to the final ranked fourth.

Mitch Larkin, David Morgan and Cam McEvoy were also part of the line-up which combined to clock a time of 3:32.57.

The top qualifier was Great Britain in 3:30.47.

The finals will be held on Sunday morning.

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