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Fisher twins leave their mark at UNI

Jamie and Nicole Fisher Jamie and Nicole Fisher

In high school, Jamie and Nicole Fisher were nearly inseparable.

"All through high school, we had the same group of friends," said Jamie. "We were in the same sports, same events and everything."

When softball led them to different schools, the Fisher twins were forced to adjust to life apart.

"It was hard to adjust, but it helped me grow as a person, become more independent and just live by myself," Jamie said.

But after two years at Kirkwood Community College, Nicole transferred to the University of Northern Iowa in order to join her sister as a Panther and rekindle their family bond.

"It's nice to have Jamie here," Nicole said. "I did get homesick a little, and having her here... you don't get homesick anymore."

UNI softball coach Ryan Jacobs agreed.

"In our program, we talk about our team being a family, and it's really nice to have that family atmosphere within our team, as well as with our kids individually," Jacobs said. "And having that family come into our team -- to have the Fishers as a part of our program, as a family."

The girls are excited to spend their final two years of college alongside each other again.

"She's always a good support system," Jamie said. "I'll always have her, she's always there to give me confidence, or to give me a pep talk if I need it; tell me what I need to do."

"I think she definitely helps give me confidence, or if I have a bad at-bat, she helps me calm down and relax," Nicole added.

Jacobs also looks to reap the benefits of a sibling rivalry.

"I haven't seen any sister fights on the field yet, but I'm sure there's some arguments over the hair-dryer in the bathroom and things like that, but we don't  get to see that -- at least, we haven't seen it yet," Jacobs said.

"We just see it in their competitiveness with each other, and it only makes them better; it's not a negative thing whatsoever."

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