Perps Squad reclaims NCAA cheerleading crown
Mark Escarlote on Mar 08, 2016 07:05 PM
University of Perpetual Help System Dalta Perps Squad claimed the 91st NCAA cheerleading crown for their ninth overall title.
Never mind the last pyramid boo-boo, the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta Perps Squad wowed the judges with their impressive display of stunts and near flawless routine to reclaim the 91st NCAA Cheerleading competition title they lost last year on Tuesday at the MOA Arena in Pasay City.
The Perps Squad edged the Arellano University Chiefs Squad by a hairline, 195-193, with both squads receiving six deductions for the Las Pinas-based pep squad’s ninth overall title in the 12th edition of the competition that capped another successful year of the oldest collegiate league in the country.
Perpetual almost had a perfect run but failed to complete the final reverse pyramid, giving Arellano, which took the crown last year that prevented the Perps squad a six-peat, a chance for a repeat crown.
However, the judges found the Perps Squad’s performance more impressive with superb use of different elements.
“Even though that mayroon kaming flaws sa end, it already stopped the music. Kumbaga feeling ko hindi siya nasama for the deduction,” said head coach Ruf Vandolph Rosario.
“Even with that fall, from start until the finish I know that everybody enjoyed the routine and the judges saw the continuity, the technique, the proper technique and of course yung pagkakaroon namin ng flawless execution sa lahat ng elements.”
“We have five elements and we made sure na we hit those five elements cleanly knowing that we are not a gymnast type unlike Arellano,” added Rosario, who is also the head coach of De La Salle Animo Squad in the UAAP.
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Head coach Ruf Vandolph Rosario after the Perps Squad reclaimed the crown in the #NCAA91Cheerleading competitionPosted by ABS-CBN Sports on Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Emilio Aguinaldo College duplicated its 2012 podium finish after collecting 145 points for a far third place.
The five judges and a tumbling judge 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).
In fourth place is 2008 champion Jose Rizal University (131.5) followed by San Beda College (126). Lyceum of the Philippines University (123.5), College of St. Benilde (121), Mapua (120.5) and Letran (99.5).
San Sebastian failed to field a team in the competiton for the second straight year.
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