BARK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK: Cheerdance crown stays with NU

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 03, 2015 06:38 PM
BARK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK: Cheerdance crown stays with NU
TOP DOG. NU is officially one of only three schools to have at least three cheerdance championships.

It’s official.

National University can now proudly stand in elite territory after winning their third consecutive championship  – only the third school to have at least three in a row in the 20-year history of the UAAP Cheerdance Competition.

Showcasing another effortlessly polished routine, the NU Pep Squad remained far ahead of their competition on Satuday at the MOA Arena. The now three-peat champions garnered a total score of 668, topping all of the criteria save for dance.

With a caveman-themed performance, the Sampaloc-based squad dominated the categories of tumbling, stunts, tosses, and pyramids even while incurring six points in deductions.

While far from perfect, coach Ghicka Bernabe still had full faith that her wards would get the job done. “Ten times ang effort na binigay namin kaya kung may makahabol man, alam naming ‘di ganun kalapit,” she said.

Following last year’s re-entry into the top three, University of Sto. Tomas continued their climb back to the mountaintop now at second-place and only 16.5 points behind the champions. Taking the crowd to the jungle, the Salinggawi Dance Troupe had the cleanest run of any team in the competition.

A routine that showcased offering one’s heart and mind for the greater good was not enough to bring the crown back to Diliman as the University of the Philippines Pep Squad settled for a third-place finish with a score of 610.5.

Rounding out the order are the Far Eastern University Cheering Squad at fourth, the University of the East Red Squad at fifth, the De La Salle University Animo Squad at sixth, the Adamson University Pep Squad at seventh, and the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Babble Battalion at eighth.

In the group stunts category, UST bagged their first title after besting former winner NU and defending champion FEU.

This year’s CDC drew a jam-packed crowd of 25, 388 to the MOA Arena.

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