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Dewey Beach Patrol Wins National Title

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DEWEY, Del. - Last Saturday the Dewey Beach Patrol competed and won the men's sprint race in the United States Lifeguard Association Nationals in Virginia Beach. 

The Dewey Beach Patrol has won this race before, but this is the first year the team in the open men's 4 x 10 race was made up of all lifeguards. 

In the open men's 4 x 10, a lifeguard sprinted 100 meters from the starting line then passed a baton to the next lifeguard. Four men competed in the event. 

"We sprint fast to do rescues and keep our beach safe, it's one of the safest beaches in America. We are the fastest patrol in the nation so it's what we do here, it's what we do in Dewey," said Mitch Sgro, one of the four lifeguards who competed in the men's sprint. 

Ten members from the Dewey Beach Patrol were taken to Nationals. Zack Stevenson, who coaches the team, is a lieutenant with the beach patrol. He said the training is almost nonstop. 

"We practice plenty, we practice before work, we practice after work," said Stevenson. "They do it all the time and they worked really hard for this."

Some lifeguards train even harder. Josie Nixon, who has been a lifeguard for six years, said, "I go to the gym after work every day, probably five, six times a week."

Nixon has also won a national title. Twice before, her and three other women won the open women's sprint at nationals. 

At nationals, the Dewey Beach Patrol competed against 30 other beach patrols from across the country. They competed in regionals in RehobothBeach before making it to nationals.

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