Columbia College head coach Melinda Wrye-Washington sifts through a container holding more than a dozen small flags from different nations.
As she goes through the flags, Wrye-Washington remembers many of the students they represent, often more than one, and the gifts they’ve brought back after a visit to their home countries — carvings from Kenya, a jersey from Serbia, one from the 2014 Olympics in Russia, coffee from Brazil and chocolate from Mexico.
Wrye-Washington has always recruited student athletes from around the world, but this year the representation on the team has been especially diverse.
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