Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Keryn Finetunes for World Goal; Ipswich Achiever Inpeak Training Formajor Events Oninternational Stage

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Keryn Finetunes for World Goal; Ipswich Achiever Inpeak Training Formajor Events Oninternational Stage

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Byline: David Lems david.lems@qt.com.au

HAVING contested state championships since she was 10, Keryn McMaster is used to tackling big programs at Queensland's major swim meeting.

However, the latest state titles starting this weekend have added importance for the Commonwealth Games bronze medalist.

Leading a powerful Waterworx Swim Club team, the 2016 Olympic prospect is contesting five events in three days to build on her recent progress with coach Dean Pugh.

Her focus is on the BHP Billiton championship in Perth next month, before hopefully being selected in the Australian team for next year's world championships in Kazan, Russia.

"I'm in full work,'' McMaster said, preparing for her 11th Queensland championships starting at the Chandler pool on Saturday.

"I'm on uni holidays at the moment, which is good because I've got a big block coming up. Just focusing on training at the moment.''

McMaster, 21, is planning to swim the women's 15 and over 400m individual medley, women's open 100m backstroke, women's open 200m butterfly, women's open 200IM and women's open 200m backstroke.

"It will be a training meet for me,'' the affable swimmer said. "Trying to back up one after the other and still race at a high level.

"I'm not resting for this either.''

The state championships come after another impressive performance at the recent national short course championships in Adelaide.

The Augustine Heights swimmer won her first Australian 400m IM title at those championships.

McMaster clocked a time just .52 second outside the national record, which was set in 2009 with now illegal suits.

She was delighted with her 4:29.24 swim, the second fastest ever by an Aussie competitor.

"I was very happy with that because I went in and I wasn't rested or anything,'' she said.

Pugh is pleased with McMaster's continued success and work ethic since winning her first Commonwealth Games bronze medal in the 400IM in Glasgow. …

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