10 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, December 2, 2005
Identical twins deal with
experience of living apart
By Anne Uible
Daily Sports Writer
The X-Box is in Austin and the DVDs are in Ann
When identical twins Matt and Sean Patton signed to
swim for different schools, they knew going separate
ways would be tougher than just losing halt of their pos-
With more than 1,300 miles between them, the two
freshmen have been forced to learn to live without their
"I took it for granted that Sean was always around,"
Matt said. "Now that he and I go to different schools, I
realized how much we really did together."
This weekend at the Texas Invitational in Austin, the
Patton boys will reunite for the first time since parting
ways for college this summer.
Growing up in Matthews, N.C., they both began swim-
ming at the age of five. When both showed interest and
ability in the backstroke, they were forced to race against
one another. But as they grew up, Matt became a better
long distance swimmer while Sean continued to excel in
"We're really close," Patton said. "We've been besti
friends for our whole life and really fierce competitors
in the pool. But we know how to leave the competition in
the pool and still be friends."1
Being forced to share a room for 17 years made the two
inseparable both at home and elsewhere. Their favoritei
thing to do outside of swimming was play video games
such as Halo and Madden.
"We both are really competitive with video games,"
Matt said. "The ,occasional controllers are thrown and
then one of us will get mad and try and beat the other one
up. After one of us is done beating the other, it switches
and the other one gets mad and beat the other one up. It
could go on for hours."
And even though the two spent a lot of time competing,
they always had one thing in common - themselves.
"We shared the same clothes, friends and car," Matt
said. "Basically, anywhere he went, I went."
The brothers had originally planned to attend the
same college, but after a recruiting visit to Austin, Matt
didn't feel Texas would be a good fit to pursue his long
"The recruiting process was difficult on my family
because my parents wanted my brother and I to stay
together," Matt said. "But I knew I had to come to Michi-
gan and that I belonged here. And they didn't want me to
choose somewhere I didn't want to go."
When Matt was first recruited by Michigan during his
senior year of high school, he informed Michigan coach
Bob Bowman that going to college with his brother was
important to him.
"We took a big risk when we recruited Matt because
we knew that he wanted to go to school with his brother,
but we only recruited Matt and not Sean," Bowman said.
"It made me a little nervous during the process because
it could have gone badly for us and Matt could have
Freshman Matt Patton split from his twin brother, Sean, to swim for the Wolverines this season
But Matt knew he had to come to Michigan, and he
let his brother go his own direction. So, this summer the
brothers had to say goodbye for the first time.
"It was really sad to say goodbye because it happened
so fast," Matt said. "I woke up and said goodbye, and
then I went back to bed. I got up later and I was all alone.
It was weird."
Even with the distance between them, Matt and Sean
have managed to stay in close contact with one another.
They talk online every day and call each other two or
three times a week.
"We've already talked a lot about the meet this week-
end," Matt said. "We're swimming in two events against
each other, and one is mine and the other is his better
event, so it should be fun."
The Patton parents are planning on splitting time
between wearing each twin's colors.
Mrs. Patton will wear Matt's colors on the first night
of the meet and then she'll switch with Mr. Patton on the
next night. When the meet is over, Matt and Sean plan
on playing video games in Sean's dorm and doing some
No fighting allowed.
Harrington v. Garcia
The Tale of the Tape
Masculinity | Musical Interest
Bashed by teammates
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corner Dre Bly
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Daily will officially endorse third-stringer Dan Orlovsky. The Connecticut star showed that he has the
ability to outshine the top-two quarterbacks when he finished the Thanksgiving game by fumbling.
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