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Paint Branch cheerleaders recognized

The Paint Branch High School varsity cheerleading team won several awards at a four-day event held last week in Ocean City. The Burtonsville school won Best Chant, Best Game Day, Best Xtreme Routine, Best All-Around Award and Leadership Award, according to coach Zina Saunders.

“[Paint Branch] Cheer worked hard every day. They were always the first team to arrive in the morning, the team that practiced during lunch and after the evening session every day. The hard work paid off,” Saunders wrote in an email to The Gazette.

— Eric Goldwein

Rockville represented in international lacrosse tournament

Four graduates from Rockville’s Thomas S. Wootton High School participated in the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship, held July 10-19 in Colorado. Matt Greenblatt (Class of 2010) Jason Senter (2009) and Mark Jutkowitz (2008) played for Israel, while Sam Futrovsky (2007) played for Slovakia.

Bullis School (Potomac) graduates Matt Opsahl (2012) and Mitch Goldberg (2013) also played for Isreal.

Longtime Montgomery County coach Edward Kostolansky led Slovakia’s national team.

Potomac’s Winston Churchill featured senior Daniel DiBono III (Spain) senior Louis Dubick (Israel), Bertan Unal (2007, Turkey) and Brett Rolf (assistant coach, Costa Rica).

— Eric Goldwein

B-CC assistant football coach passes away

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School assistant football coach Jeffrey Van Grack passed away on Saturday from a fight with bladder cancer. B-CC coach Josh Singer expressed his condolences on Twitter: “Real sad to say we have lost a member of our football family. We will miss you Coach Jeff Van Grack! #JVGSTRONG.”

Van Grack graduated from B-CC and has worked as a lawyer in Bethesda for decades. From 2000-11, when he started coaching at B-CC, he assisted with the athletics at Northwest High School in Germantown.

— Prince J. Grimes

Potomac boy wins national tennis title

Benjamin Kittay, 10, of Potomac teamed with Faris Khan, 12, of Texas to win the doubles title at the U.S. Tennis Association Boys 12s National Championships held last week in Arkansas.

Despite being on the youngest end of the age-group spectrum Kittay, who is ranked No. 21 nationally in the USTA Boys 12s, also reached the semifinals of the singles competition. There he lost in two close sets to eventual champion Aditya Gupta.

— Jennifer Beekman

Germantown swimmer sets world record

Germantown-based swimmer Frederik Hviid, 40, set a masters world record en route to winning the 200-meter backstroke in the Men’s 40-44 age group at the 15th FINA World Masters Championships held July 27 through Sunday in Montreal. Hviid finished in a time of 2 minutes, 11.56 seconds, nearly two seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

Hviid, who is a two-time Olympic distance freestyler and individual medley swimmer from Spain, opened the competition with a first-place finish in the 800-meter freestyle. His time of 8:47.75 was nearly 30 seconds ahead of runner-up Stewart Carroll.

At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Hviid won the consolation final of the 400-meter individual medley. He also competed in the 2000 Sydney event.

— Jennifer Beekman