Meet Binghamton’s Four Sets of Twin Athletes
Posted by Samantha Schoenfeld on May 9, 2017
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a twin? Now imagine you and your twin go to the same university and even play on the same D-I athletic team! That’s just a day in the life of our four sets of twin athletes. Meet Michelle and Samara Eisenberg, Brian and Kyle Stemke, Anthony and Vincent DePrez, and Alissa and Alexa Franze.
Michelle and Samara Eisenberg, Women's Tennis
Michelle and Samara are freshmen from Weston, Fla., on the women’s tennis team. They are both involved on campus not only as athletes, but also as members of the Women in Business professional organization. The sisters are majoring in business administration and mathematics, respectively.
The Eisenberg sisters never intended to go to the same university, as they each were looking for the school that suited them best. For both, that school just happened to be Binghamton. Now that they’re here, Michelle and Samara are happy they ended up together.
“We’ve pretty much done everything together our whole lives, so it’s just nice to have someone who understands and is going through everything that I’m going through,” said Michelle.
Even though they’re identical, the twins definitely have some differences. Samara usually wears her hair in a bun, which is often used to tell them apart. In terms of personality, Samara has an excellent work ethic, and Michelle admires her sister's ability to keep working even when times are hard. Samara admires Michelle’s competitive spirit and her grit. “She won’t let anyone walk all over her, and she will always stand up to a challenge and find a way to push through when things are tough,” said Samara.
Brian and Kyle Stemke, Men's Lacrosse
Brian and Kyle are freshmen from Selden, N.Y., on the men's lacrosse team. They hope to major in computer science and become entrepreneurs.
Both twins always wanted to play at the collegiate level, but were originally looking at different schools, and planned to separate. “We believe that going to the same college was the better decision in many elements, and we’re extremely happy that we ended up where we are today,” said Brian.
The Stemke brothers are best friends and feel lucky they get to experience college together. The two share many of the same interests, their biggest difference being that Kyle has “an awesome man bun,” according to Brian. They also have different dominant hands in lacrosse.
Brian and Kyle are the only set of twin athletes that have successfully switched places. "We always used to talk about doing this, and one day during our senior year of high school we switched positions and our equipment before one of our lacrosse practices,” said Brian.
Anthony and Vincent DePrez, Wrestling
Anthony and Vincent are juniors from Hilton, N.Y. They are both majoring in geography and play on the wrestling team.
The best thing Anthony and Vincent have noticed about wrestling with their twin, is that they always have a partner to practice and work out with. While Anthony believes having a twin makes it easier to be a college athlete, Vincent said, “I wouldn't say it's easier being a collegiate athlete with a twin. I think it can be more stressful, because you want him to do well also.” Anthony was also feeling twin pride when he told me he admires Anthony for being a hard worker.
The most annoying question Anthony gets asked about being a twin is: "How do you tell each other apart?" Whereas Vincent is constantly asked if they can read each other's minds.
Alissa and Alexa Franze, Women's Lacrosse
Alissa and Alexa are freshmen from Niskayuna, N.Y., on the women’s lacrosse team. Alissa hopes to major in business, and dreams of working in sports marketing or for a top sports team. Alexa is undecided, but is considering pursuing a degree in psychology. She plans to work in a role where she can help people, making a difference in as many lives as possible.
Alissa always knew she wanted to play in college, and never thought about playing without Alexa, since she has been doing so for her whole life. Alissa loves that she always has a little piece of home with her at school. She also loves having her twin by her side because she always has someone who understands her.
While the duo are very similar, they do have some traits that set them apart. “I admire how compassionate and sincere of a person she is. I try to be like her in that way,” said Alissa of her sister. On the other hand, Alexa admires Alissa because she is never afraid to speak her mind.
When asked if being a collegiate athlete is easier with her twin by her side, Alissa said, “100 percent. I tell her every day I don't know what I would do without her here.”
Samantha Schoenfeld is a senior from Commack, N.Y., with an individualized major in integrated marketing communications. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi and the Binghamton University Marketing Association. She loves traveling, Broadway and popcorn.
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