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Published: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 10:45 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 11:14 a.m. CDT

Members of the Newton/Colfax-Mingo/Pella swim team get instructions from head coach Sarah Patterson during a practice. Patterson is in her 20th season as head coach of the NCMP Aquagirls. Patterson wants her swimmers to compete with intensity, but also have fun in the sport. NCMP opens the 2013 season at home Tuesday against Linn-Mar. Competition begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Newton YMCA.

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