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McKeowns become pool's latest sister act

Taylor and Kaylee McKeown have become Australian swimming's new sister act after booking their ticket to July's world titles in Budapest.

McKeowns become pool's latest sister act

Taylor and Kaylee McKeown have become Australian swimming's new sister act after booking their ticket to July's world titles in Budapest.

Sister acts are nothing new on the Australian swimming team but no one has quite seen anything like Taylor and 15-year-old Kaylee McKeown.

The pair are the latest siblings to become Australian teammates after their heroics at the national swim titles in Brisbane.


They follow in the footsteps of world-beating sprint queens Cate and Bronte Campbell, but that is where the similarities end.

In fact, Taylor McKeown, 22, admitted they were "a bit weird" compared to the likes of the Campbells.

Indeed the contrast between the families could not be more stark. The inseparable Campbells are freestyle's golden girls while the McKeowns like to give each other "a bit of grief" at the pool and compete in completely different events - breaststroke and backstroke.

"I am not too sure how well she takes it but we give each other a bit of grief at the pool," Taylor McKeown said.

"If she is next to me I like to lean over and give her a bit of a splash before a race."

Rio Olympic medley relay silver medallist Taylor was the first to book a ticket to July's world titles in Budapest after claiming her maiden 100m-200m breaststroke double at the national championships on Wednesday night.

Moments later sister Kaylee was also on her way to Hungary after placing a surprise second in a world titles qualifying time behind world champion Emily Seebohm in the 200m backstroke final.

They will join siblings Emma and David McKeon on the Australian team.

"It's a bit weird. The McKeons do freestyle, the Campbells do freestyle but us McKeowns are a bit different - we like to change things up," Taylor said.

Kaylee - a year 11 Sunshine Coast schoolgirl - will be the team's youngest member.

"We used to joke about having us two sisters on the same team but now it is actually happening," she said.

She might like a niggle but Taylor was right behind her younger sister in the final's dying stages.

"I was pretty relaxed for my race but I was pretty jittery for hers," she said.

"But she had a strong finish. I jumped out my chair - I was crying, mum was crying.

"To see her pull through at such a young age is really astonishing."

The teary McKeowns embraced poolside after the 200m backstroke final but their mum Sharon wasn't sure how long the love-in would last.

The pair will make a rare appearance in the same event - the 200m individual medley - on Thursday, the final day of the national titles.

"Do they have a healthy rivalry? You will see that tomorrow night," she said.

"They are very good friends but they can get a little bit, you know."

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