Kaylee McKeown was born on July 11, 2001. She is the younger sister of Australian swimmer Taylor McKeown. The two sisters are on their way to becoming Australia’s next superstars.
2017 Australian National Swimming Championships
McKeown stunned everyone to finish second to Emily Seebohm in the 200m backstroke to earn a spot on the World Championship team alongside sister Taylor McKeown. Surging to the wall on the final 50m, McKeown posted a 2:08.98 to finish under the World Championship qualifying time standard guaranteeing her spot on the team.
2017 World Championships
McKeown fourth in the 200m backstroke, just behind bronze medalist, Kathleen Baker of the US. McKeon’s time of 2:06.76 set a new World Junior Record.
2019 World Championships
McKeown came back at the 2019 world champs to win her first worlds medal, touching for 2nd in the 200 back in a time of 2:06.26.
Late 2020 Queensland Meets
After much of the 2020 season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Mckeown finally got the chance to get back into the pool and race, which she took full advantage of.
Her first eye-opening meet was the 2020 Queensland Medal Shots meet, where she recorded a 2:04.49, making her the #3 performer in the event all-time behind world record holder Regan Smith and Missy Franklin.
Next was the Queensland Virtual Championships, which were short course. McKeown threw down a slew of PBs, including a world record in the 200 back (1:58.94), a 200 IM that made her the 2nd fastest performer ever (2:03.68), and a best in the 100 back as well (55.68).
She capped the 2020 year at the Queensland Championships (LCM), where she swam the 2nd fastest 100 back ever (57.93), a 4:32.73 in the 400 IM making her the 2nd fastest Aussie ever, an All-Comers record of 2:08.23 in the 200 IM, and a solid 2:05.16 in the 200 back. She also went PBs in the 100 free and 100 breast at this meet.
2020 Swammy Awards
2021 Australian Olympic Trials
Swimming in the final of the women’s 100 backstroke at the 2021 Australian Olympic Trials, 19-year-old Kaylee McKeown broke the World Record of 57.57 set by Regan Smith at 2019 World Championships in Gwangju. McKeown cracked a 57.45 to take .12 off Smith’s mark. McKeown was out in 28.10 and back in 29.35, beating her previous PB of 57.63 from a month ago in Sydney.
2020 Olympic Games
McKeown started her first Olympics by backing up her world record in the 100 back. She broke the Olympic record out of prelims (57.88) then moved through semis as the 3rd seed into the final. In the final heat, McKeown touched first at 57.47, getting the Olympic record back and notching the 2nd fastest swim ever in the event.