SPECIAL FEATURE by Natalie Fazio (May 4, 2019) - If you have been seeing double around Our Lady of the lake university lately, do not worry, you are not going crazy, and no there is not something in the water. This year, OLLU athletics has three sets of twins who are representing the Saints on the court and field. The first set of twins, Cameron Fields (SO/Kerrville, Texas) and Christian Fields (SO/Kerrville, Texas) are on the men's basketball team, Patrick Duncan (FR/El Paso, Texas) and Herman Duncan (FR/El Paso, Texas) are from track and field, and Jessica Zapata (FR/Baytown, Texas) and Erika Zapata (FR/Baytown, Texas) play for women's soccer.
While many student-athletes say that playing on a team is much like gaining a lot of brothers and sisters, for these sets, that takes a whole new meaning.
The Fields twins say that playing together has made them closer than just looking alike and being born on the same day. While the twins have been competing on who is older their entire life, when asked what it is like to compete with each other on the court, Cameron believes "it is a blessing to compete with my brother because we have been together all our lives and have enjoyed it." Christian says the same thing and has a different outlook on competing with his brother. He takes on more of a learning aspect to things, "I enjoy learning how he goes about things differently than I do." As most would believe, the Fields twins are a textbook definition when asked how much time they spend together outside of basketball, "We pretty much spend all day, every day together," said both twins. "We have had every class together since our junior year of high school, and we continue to do so."
Heading off the court and onto the field, women's soccer twins, Jessica Zapata and Erika Zapata have almost the same mindset as the Fields twins have with being around each other and wanting to compete against one another. With the question about if they had wanted to be roommates came up, they both said how they had been roommates their entire life. "I mean we have been roommates our entire life, so we figured continuing to do so for more years would not hurt us," said Jessica. While they are both concluding their freshman year at OLLU, the transition from twin life at home to twin life at college has been nothing but amazing for them said both sisters, "We were excited to start our careers here at OLLU and it has been a fun process getting to do it with her by my side," said Erika.
While some siblings would like to get away from each other after high school and figure out life on their own, Patrick Duncan and Herman Duncan decided that life without each other would not be the same. The Duncan twins are part of track and field at OLLU. They knew that when they were coming to the same school that it was not just making life easier for them but their parents as well. "Our parents were happy we chose the same school. It made it easier for them especially when we have meets and school events that they want to come to attend," said Patrick. Life without their other half would have made going to college a hard decision for the Duncan twins. The men knew that life was already hard for their parents with raising twin boys so going to the same university was an easy decision they could make.
So, whether Saints fans get out to the track to watch the Duncan twins, head to the field to watch the Zapata sisters, or sit indoors and watch the Fields brothers go up and down the court, they all encourage everyone to support OLLU athletics. Fair warning – it will be hard to try to tell them apart.