UP can’t believe their first-ever perfect run wasn’t enough
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 03, 2015 07:58 PM
I DID MY BEST. The UP Pep Squad believes it had for itself a perfect run.
At the end of the day, their heart told their story.
Punctuating their performance with a unique pyramid forming the shape of a heart, the University of the Philippines Pep Squad were fully confident that they were bringing the UAAP Cheerdance Competition title back to Diliman.
As captain Cam Lagmay put it, “We had many stunts. Our degree of difficulty was very high. Perfect run kami.”
With that belief, Lagmay told ABS-CBN Sports that right after their routine, the squad went back to the dressing room expecting to better their runner-up finish in the last two tournaments. “We were all rejoicing and hugging because we felt like champions already,” she said.
However, their assumptions turned out to be far from reality as final scores ranked State U third overall – 57.5 points behind now three-peat champion National University and 41 points from runner-up University of Sto. Tomas.
What was once hope for a return to the top of the podium instead turned into heartbreak for the Iskolars ng Bayan. Sharing the emotion of the squad when they heard “second runner-up” followed by “UP Pep Squad,” co-captain Lara Limjap said, “It was our first time to have a perfect run na walang nalaglag kaya yung unang reaction namin is ‘di talaga kami makapaniwala.”
She then continued, “Yung hardwork and effort namin, bumaba pa pala kami from last year.”
Indeed, the score sheet showed UP had a perfect run as they ended as the only team without any deductions. However, judges only slotted them fifth out of eight in tumbling and tosses, third in dance, and second in stunts and pyramids.
Nonetheless, the captains said they are very proud of their team, especially with their perfect run. “We’re very disappointed, but very proud of ourselves at the same time. We’re just happy we were able to control what we could control,” Lagmay said.
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