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Swimming Intervarsity Success
David Flynn March 26, 2015

Swimming Intervarsity Success

Ulster University come up swimmingly at the Intervarsities.

Ulster University had a successful weekend at the recent Intervarsities with the two competitors claiming Gold and Silver medals. Rachel Smyth claimed silver in the 50m fly and the 100m fly. Eorann O’Neill won gold in the 50m fly and the 50m free.

The competition was held at NUI Galway on March 13th and 14th. Ulster University was represented at the Inter-varsities by two Jordanstown Students. The girls travelled to Galway to compete against girls from 18 other universities throughout Ireland.

“The team did great competing against all the other universities. UCD and NUIG had a strong and large team down but we were still able to go out there and perform as best we could.” Said team captain Rachel Smyth.

Captain Rachel Smyth was delighted with the team’s performance throughout the competition although admits it was hard work battling the nerves. “The toughest thing I found about the weekend was the finals, as my nerves always get really bad as I’m about to race. Although, the positive encouragement and good team spirit shown during the tournament helped to keep me motivated. The atmosphere also helped as it was great and really encouraging while racing.” said Smyth.

Rachel Smyth and Eorann O’Neill’s Intervarsity win has earned them a place on the Ireland team for the upcoming Celtic Nations.  The girls will represent Ireland and Ulster University against Scotland and Wales in the Celtic Nations. This competition takes place April 3rd until the 5th.

Huge Congratulations to both Rachel and Eorann on their success at the Intervarsities, and best of luck in the upcoming Celtic Nations.

Article By Emma Ryan.