NU Pep silences all doubters with dominant four-peat

NU Pep silences all doubters with dominant four-peat
SHHH. Mission accomplished for NU as they become only the second squad to achieve a four-peat in the UAAP Cheerdance Competition.

With their win a year ago essentially put under protest, National University came into the 2016 UAAP Cheerdance Competition with a mission uncommon for a defending three-time champion.

The NU Pep Squad, winners from 2013 to 2015, felt like they needed to prove themselves.

Prove themselves they more than did as the Sampaloc-based squad left no doubt as to who runs this show. With a futuristic-themed performance, they netted the best score among all teams of 711 – 50 points better than their runners-up.

Everything in their performance – from their pyramids to their tosses and from their tumblings to their dances – left everybody at the Araneta Coliseum on Saturday in awe. “Sweetest victory ‘to kasi after that very controversial na pagkapanalo last year, gusto naming patunayan sa tao na kaya kami nandito, kasi binibigay namin yung best na kaya naming ibigay,” coach Ghicka Bernabe said.

A year ago, the third-placer University of the Philippines filed an official protest claiming that the “overall results did not genuinely reflect adherence to the competition guidelines and criteria.” However, the UAAP upheld the results and granted NU a three-peat.

And so, for the event’s iteration this year, the UP Pep Squad decided not to participate.

That only lit a fire under NU as they put on a show and punched their way to a rare four-peat. “Affirm. The word it to affirm what happened last year na controversial. We felt that it was unfair towards us,” team manager Jun Gaw expressed.

He then continued, “But we’re here and we wanted to affirm that we are truly, truly the champion.”

According to Bernabe, she understands why State U did what they did, but at the same time, commended the six remaining teams for stepping up. “It’s their choice and we can’t say anything about it, pero as a coach, I know their coach did the best for their team,” she said.

She then continued, “Pero UAAP is still UAAP and meron pa ring willing mag-perform pang maganda, willing mag-perform nang patas. I’m thankful sa other six teams na nag-upgrade din.”

UP or no UP, the NU coach was adamant that they have always believed that they were worthy of the four-peat. “Yung four-peat, talagang kine-claim na namin yun even before, hindi dahil sa kampante kami, kundi kasi alam namin kung anong kaya naming ipakita,” she said.

In the end, the now four-peat champions are resting easy with the fact that they left no doubt about their dynasty.

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