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Twin(s) splitting

Conci sisters sign with different colleges

John Vandelinder

— Twin sisters are generally inseparable. Look for one and you will find the other.

Where one sibling succeeds, the other is usually not far behind. When a twin feels pain or emotion, the other one feels the same. They finish each other’s sentences, share clothes and eat the same foods.

Caitlin and Kelsey Conci have been sharing just about everything their entire lives. They started swimming together at 8 years old, and like a fish to water, they were in inseparable in the pool.

That is, until now.

The Conci sisters are splitting up.

Kelsey Conci has signed a national letter of intent to attend the University of Wyoming in the fall. Breaking the “twin rule,” and going her own way for the first time, Caitlin Conci is heading to the University of North Dakota. Each has earned a swimming scholarship to their respective schools.

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“We are fine together here in high school,” Kelsey said.

“But in college, if we are in the same league, we will end up fighting.” Caitlin finished.

So on they will go, to different schools, taking different paths encompassing the same earthly element – water.

They both love to swim, but thinking back, they hadn’t planned on this type of success in the pool.

“As a freshman, I never thought about swimming in college,” Caitlin said.

“Neither did I,” echoed Kelsey. “Then when we were sophomores, we started to like the idea.”

The girls have been competing together so long, one would assume they would attend the same college.

“North Dakota was the best fit for me,” Caitlin said.

“And Wyoming was the best for me,” Kelsey said. “We figured if we end up liking the same school, then oh well.”

“It just didn’t turn out that way,” Caitlin said. “Both schools are very competitive. We both made out well.”

“We owe everything to Marin,” Kelsey said.

“She taught us everything,” continued Caitlin.

Moffat County High School swimming coach Marin Campbell has been teaching the sisters since they were 13 years old. She has helped them learn, grow and develop into the swimmers they have now become.

Kelsey placed second in the 50-meter freestyle and third in the 100-meter backstroke at last year’s state championships.

Caitlin was right there with her sister, placing ninth in the 100-meter butterfly in the same meet.

“I am so psyched for them,” Campbell said. “They both got scholarships to solid Division I schools. I always knew they were capable of it.”

Campbell was humble about taking any credit for helping vault the girls to where they are, and how they got there. She concedes she could only show them so much before it was time for them to move to a higher level.

“I’m so glad that other people saw what they are capable of,” she said. “It’s great to have coaches willing to put the effort into them, to refine them. Here they were big fish in a little pond. They are capable of being big fish in a big pond.”

When asked what the future would hold in store for the waterlogged duo, they had one thing on their minds.

It wasn’t a state championship, or qualifying for the Olympics someday.

“We haven’t thought that far yet,” Kelsey said.

Caitlin finished, “We’re worried about surviving our first year of college.”

John Vandelinder can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or jvandelinder@craigdailypress.com.