Teenager snares relay medal at world championships

TALENTED: Kaylee McKeown, pictured at the national championships, is at the world championships.
TALENTED: Kaylee McKeown, pictured at the national championships, is at the world championships. Quinn Rooney

SWIMMING: She's had to delay getting her learner's driving permit because she's in Hungary but the youngest member of the Australian Dolphins is motoring at the world championships.

Kaylee McKeown, 16, claimed a silver medal on Thursday morning, after she competed in the heats of the mixed medley relay.

She clocked 1min03sec for her 100m backstroke leg.

And the University of the Sunshine Coast athlete is set to compete in her main event, the women's 200m backstroke, from Friday night.

The younger sister of Olympic medallist Taylor McKeown earned her spot in the national team by finishing second at the national trials in Brisbane in April.

And she's since enjoyed a strong preparation to the world championships.

"She's trained really well, she looks great," her coach Chris Mooney said before they left for Europe.

"But she's not happy she won't be able to get her learner's permit straight away.

"She'll have to wait until she gets back so she had a bit of a blow-up about that but she will get her chance to get it."

While Taylor and fellow USC swimmer Leah Neale left for Europe early to compete in several lead-up events, Kaylee continued training at Sippy Downs with club and national coach Mooney.

"I'm glad I stayed back with her to get these couple of weeks in Australia. She's able to finish her (school term) exams properly," he said.

There's no pressure on Kaylee in her first major open international meet.

"The only thing I'm going to be challenging her on is to enjoy the journey," Mooney said.

A tremendous talent who has claimed national age group records and won at the Junior Pan Pacs, Kaylee is tenacious in the training pool.

"She just wants to be the best she can and she loves the sport and she loves competing and she's got a great work ethic to go with it," Mooney said.

Meanwhile, Taylor and Neale were scheduled to compete in the women's 200m breaststroke and the women's 4x200m freestyle respectively on Thursday night.