Brothers Matt and Tom Colket spend a lot of time together. Whether they are in the pool or just hanging out, the identical twins can usually be seen side-by-side.
“Being identical twins, it gets pretty crazy,” Matt said of the sibling rivalry. “Even our coach says if we could swim next to each other in every race, we would go at least a second faster just because of that instinct and that competition level. We are so close it makes us work that much harder.”
The pair channelled that competitive instinct to produce winning times at the Frederick Summer Swim League All-Star Meet, held on Saturday at Frederick High School. Matt took first place in the 50-yard breaststroke (29.94 seconds) while Tom set a new league record in the 50 backstroke (26.81). The duo also posted a 1-2 finish in the 100 individual medley, with Tom posting another league record (56.97), and Matt finishing .21 seconds off that pace.
The most impressive race of the day for the Holly Hills Country Club swimmers might have been the event that neither won — the 100 freestyle. Tom edged Matt by .03 seconds to finish second behind Clover Hill's Ahmed Hegazi. All three competitors bested the previous league-record time of 51.01 seconds, and each shaved more than a second and a half off their seed times.
“We don't try to beat each other, we just try to out-do each other, because we want the best for each other as well,” Tom said. “I would love for him to go out in 24 [seconds] in the 50 back, but I want to go out 23.”
Setting records is nothing new for the Colket brothers. Tom holds FSSL record for the 13-14 age group for the 50 backstroke, and Matt holds the 13-14 mark in the 50 breaststroke. Tom's records in the 13-14 100 IM and 11-12 50 backstroke fell in Saturday's meet.
Matt and Tom will continue to push each other in the pool, and hope their momentum carries over to their senior season at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney. Last winter, the twins were members of the Falcons' 400-meter freestyle relay team, which took first place at the prestigious Washington Metropolitan Swimming and Diving Championships and garnered All-American and All-Gazette recognition.
“We always get into practice and I always say, 'I want to beat that guy in the pool,'” Tom said. “Really, I'm always racing my brother. He is my biggest competition. He is really why I am that fast, it's all because of him. He makes me train that little bit harder.”