Looks like last year was just a bump on the road for the NU Pep Squad – the new gold standard of the UAAP Cheerdance Competition.
Flawless, effortless, and ultimately peerless, NU left everybody else in the dust to once more rule them all on Saturday at the MOA Arena.
With their routine inspired by the Pixar animated film Coco, the Bulldogs came back to life and scored a total of 711 points, almost 60 better than their closest competitor.
A year after placing fourth, they have now staked claim as the third winningest team in the event with their fifth overall championship.
Not even now-dethroned champion Adamson Pep Squad and longtime powerhouse FEU Cheering Squad could do anything about NU’s return to winning form.
FEU and Adamson tried to save the best for last, with the former putting on a five-minute homage to the 70s at seventh in the order and the latter performing a number inspired by Lion King at eighth in the order.
Both squads wowed the crowd, but they were still no match for the divine dancing, the perfect pyramids, the scintillating stunts, and the terrific tumblings of the NU Pep Squad – which dominated each and every one of those criteria.
The only category NU did not top was tosses where it logged a score of 77 – still just two points behind first-ranked UE Pep Squad.
After not winning anything in the first 18 years of the UAAP Cheerdance, the Sampaloc-based squad has now reigned in five of the last six editions of the event.
The FEU Cheering Squad placed as runner-up with 655.5 points while last year’s titlist Adamson Pep Squad settled for third with 638.5 points.
The UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe, crowd favorites early on, just missed out on the podium with 638 points.
Rounding out the leaderboard is the UE Pep Squad at fifth, the UP Pep Squad at sixth, the Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion at seventh, and the DLSU Animo Squad at eighth.
Meanwhile, the group stunts had the same squads on the podium – NU at first, FEU at second, and Adamson at third.
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