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Seebohm hopes Larkin stays in Brisbane

AAP logoAAP 7/11/2016 Laine Clark

It may lead to some "really awkward" moments.

But Emily Seebohm will try to convince her partner, fellow dual swimming world champion Mitch Larkin, to join her Brisbane training squad.

Larkin is without a coach after making the surprise call to dump long time Brisbane mentor Michael Bohl following a rollercoaster Rio campaign.

Seebohm initially balked at the idea but said she would prefer Larkin join her group under coach David Lush if it meant he stayed in Brisbane.

"I have said to him I would rather him train at my squad than train interstate," she said.

"But then again I think 'is it too much too soon?'

"It would be 24-7. We wouldn't be able to get away from each other. It would be really awkward if we were fighting and not talking at training."

A coach-less Larkin was still able to star at the three-day national short course titles concluding in Brisbane on the weekend along with Seebohm, who claimed a record seven gold.

They will now spearhead Australia at December's world short course titles in Canada.

Larkin hopes to name a new coach in the new year.

He has spent time training with Seebohm under Lush in Brisbane as part of an exhaustive process to find a new mentor.

Larkin has also spoken to Ian Thorpe's ex-coach Tracey Menzies in Canberra and Cam McEvoy's Richard Scarce on the Gold Coast.

He next hopes to speak to Brisbane-based Simon Cusack and Chris Nesbit on the Gold Coast.

Larkin admitted he would probably have stayed with Bohl if he had lived up to his Rio billing and claimed a golden backstroke double.

Instead he was upstaged by American Ryan Murphy and relegated to 200m backstroke silver and fourth in his other pet event, the 100m.

But Larkin said he had no regrets over his decision to leave Bohl.

"If I had swum well I would have stayed there and maybe plateaued, who knows?" Larkin said.

"But this is keeping me on my toes. There is a lot more energy with a new coach."

Larkin said he had learned some harsh lessons at Rio.

"I got caught up with the moment and the hype," he said. "I just forced my swims too much."

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