UST ready to reclaim long-lost glory in UAAP CDC

Alvin Laqui on Nov 17, 2016 07:36 PM
UST ready to reclaim long-lost glory in UAAP CDC
RETURN TO FORM. This year, the UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe has all the right ingredients to reclaim what was once theirs.

How did the UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe do last year? Runner-up.

After capping off an unprecedented five-peat in 2006, the University of Sto. Tomas Salinggawi Dance Troupe already has a plaque to their name in the upper echelons of the UAAP Cheerdance Competition.

But even before that, Salinggawi had already reigned supreme, winning all of the first three years of the competition – from its inception in 1994 up to 1996.

After a couple of years where the competition saw a suspension and a new champion in Far Eastern University, Salinggawi bounced back in 2002, staying there to post a still-unmatched record of five consecutive cheerdance titles.

So it’s easy to see why Salinggawi deserves that place in the annals of the sport after such an early display of domination.

But after their impressive showings, other universities have inevitably caught on, establishing themselves not only as contenders, but actual rivals to the España squad.

In fact, the University of the Philippines Pep Squad has tied Salinggawi as the team with the most number of championships with eight.

Make no mistake though, since 2014 where they finished third behind modern-day rivals National University and UP, Salinggawi has been improving their finish, one podium step at a time.

And last season, following a perfect run to complete their African-themed routine, Salinggawi roared past UP to claim a second-place finish.

One more thing on the España squad’s side is that fellow powerhouse UP Pep will not be competing this year.

That leaves the door wide open for UST to swoop in and take back sole rights to the title of being the competition’s winningest team.

But breathing down their necks are the feisty bulldogs of the National U Pep squad, who have won the last three titles, and will be gunning to win its fourth.

After ten long years, with UP out and with the competition already catching up, this year could be the perfect time for the Salinggawi Dance Troupe to reclaim glory for their first championship since 2006.

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