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Cardamone Triplets: Tri-Athletic

Twin sisters, Teresa and Sara Cardamone, both 11, helped their softball team win its first-ever Potomac River Clash championship in team history. This tournament took place Sept. 29-30 in Sterling.

Sara and Teresa are the daughters of Linda and Raf Cardamone of Chantilly, and the girls play on the Chantilly LACE softball team. Teresa plays catcher and third base, while Sara plays shortstop and left-field.

The Chantilly LACE is coached by Dan Ries, who said that the sisters "are both great kids, definitely ‘team players.’ They like to learn and are respectful of the other players."

He added: "You would think being two from a set of triplets that they might be pretty similar but they are different in almost every way. Teresa is one of our big hitters, while Sara is our lead-off batter that bunts and has lots of speed."

The team’s current record is 10 wins and 1 loss, which includes four wins in the tournament.

The girls also have a triplet sister, Tina, who is a soccer player. She plays a majority of the time as a goalie, but likes playing center-forward as well. Teresa and Tina are identical, while Sara is fraternal.

When asked how they enjoy being triplets, both Tina and Sara said they don’t know how to answer the question because they don’t know what it is like not being a triplet.

Teresa said: "it is fun, but can be annoying sometimes because you get asked a lot of questions". All three girls are fifth-graders at Oak Hill Elementary School.

Their mother Linda says all three love playing sports and being part of a team but Tina has been playing soccer since she was 4 years old, while Teresa and Sara have been playing softball since they were 8.

"I really like playing a sport that my sisters don’t play," said Tina. But both Teresa and Sara said they liked playing a sport where they can have fun with their teammates and friends.

Besides sports activities, Sara likes to play with her friends on the computer, and also sings in the chorus at school. Teresa enjoys her dog, friends, and also likes to play the drums in the school band, and sing in the chorus. Tina plays the clarinet and sings in the school chorus. All three girls also like helping out with church activities.