Chiefs Squad reclaims NCAA Cheerleading crown
HAIL TO THE CHIEFS: Arellano University reclaims the NCAA cheerleading competition crown.
Arellano University gave out a flawless and jaw-dropping performance to dethrone the Perpetual Help Altas Perps Squad and reclaim the 92nd NCAA Cheerleading Competition title Thursday at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
With an impressive display of stunts from solid pyramids, tosses, tumblings and high level of difficulty in their routine, the Chiefs Squad wowed the judges and made the crowd rise on its feet mesmerized with Arellano’s presentation.
The Chiefs Squad’s performance earned them a total of 218 points from the judges for the runaway victory. AU received a three-point deduction but barely mattered as the Chiefs Squad edged its closest rival Perpetual, 199.5 points with a huge lead.
AU also bagged a P100,000 cash prize.
“Actually sa lahat ng performance ng mga anak ko ito ang pinakana-amaze ako,” said Arellano U coach Lucky San Juan, whose crew returned the crown the Legarda-based pep squad last won in Season 90. “Ito yung lagi kong sinasabi ko sa mga bata na, ‘you perform with a heart.’ Then ipa-imagine ninyo sa mga tao yung puso ninyo sa loob ng court, sa loob ng dance floor.”
“Kapag naipakita nyo yun lahat ng tao magi-enjoy. Lahat ng tao matutuwa then magiging deserving kayong manalo,” added San Juan, fielded a team composed of first-time performers and veterans.
A boo-boo in one of their early preps flawed the routine of the Perps Squad, who failed to extend its reign and add another title to the Las Pinas-based squad’s total of nine. The Las Pinas-based squad received a four-point deduction.
The Mapua Cheerping Cardinals, who won the inaugural staging of the event in 2004, completed the podium finishers at third with 191 points.
Perpetual received P75,000 cash prize while Mapua got P50,000.
San Beda landed at fourth with 175 points followed by last year’s third placer Emilio Aguinaldo College (164.5), College of St. Benilde (156.5), Lyceum of the Philippines University (143) while former winner Jose Rizal University landed at last place (141).
The judges decided the outcome of the competition according to the criteria in cheer (10 points), partner stunts (25 points), pyramids (25 points), basket toss (15 points), tumbling (10 points), flow of routine/transitions (5 points) and overall presentation (10 points).
San Sebastian College failed to field a team in the competition for the third straight year while Letran also skipped this year’s contest after a ninth place finish in Season 91.
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