Medals for Ulster Students at Celtic Nations
Ulster University students Rachel Smyth and Eorann O’Neill have recently returned from representing Ireland at the Celtic Nations in Scotland.
The Celtic Nations is an annual competition between Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The girls had great success at the event. Eorann won silver in the women’s 50m butterfly and silver in the 50m Freestyle. Rachel won bronze in the women’s 50m butterfly and also the 100m butterfly. Eorann and Rachel were selected to represent Ireland after their performances at the Intervarsities. The 2015 Celtic Nations was Rachel Smyth’s second year representing Ireland in the competition.
Eorann and Rachel competed against each other in the 50m Butterfly. “Competing against Eorann in the 50m butterfly was a good race! I was a few lanes over from Eorann and couldn’t see how close I was to her. Once I finished the race I had just seen she touched in front of me, but we are good team mates so we were happy for each other It was great that Eorann and I medalled in this competition as we were representing Ireland and also Ulster University which made us both very proud..” Said Rachel Smyth.
The girls competed individually and also in team events. The girls competed in the 4x50m medley race but were closely defeated by Scotland. “The 4x50m Medley Relay was neck and neck the whole way between us and Scotland right till the last leg touched the wall with Scotland just touching us out to second place. The cheering and atmosphere was really good at this point.” Said Rachel.
The Ireland team were beaten by both Wales and Scotland in the overall point scoring system of the competition. Both Rachel and Eorann did the University and Ireland proud.