Blue Babble Battalion banking on a 'perfect run' to break out of CDC cellar

Alvin Laqui on Nov 25, 2017 08:46 PM
Ateneo banking on a 'perfect run' to break out of CDC cellar
NO MORE. Ateneo wants a perfect run to prove that they are a better squad compared to last year.

For the last four seasons, the Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion has finished at the bottom of the results table of the UAAP Cheerdance Competition.

The blue squad finished at eighth place since 2013, except for last year when they ranked 7th – all because of the withdrawal of the vaunted UP Pep Squad from the competition.

With their backs against the wall, the Ateneo contingent wants nothing more than to break out of the cellar to avoid an embarrassing last-place finish for the fifth straight year.

According to team captain Sophia Samala, the Blue Babble, and the proud Ateneo community has had enough of their squad's last place finishes and they are using years and years of pain to will themselves towards a better finish.

"It's continuously being at the last," Samala said of Ateneo's main motivation heading into the competition. "Not at the last of all the schools because it really motivates us to not only do better for ourselves but for the Ateneo community as well."

Although the stigma of being the so-called cellar-dwellers of the competition makes their Season 80 bid more difficult, the Blue Babble is ready to take on the challenge.

"It's not only pressure to us, but to the Ateneo community as well because we represent the school," Samala said. "However, I think it's a challenge so that we may able to compete better this year."

That's why the Blue Babble Battalion has been quietly working on improving by patching up their routine to avoid pesky errors that have marred their acts for the past few years.

According to Samala, they have opted to try an improved training program that would theoretically help them halt their skid.

"We've been trying out a new program. This program was implemented just last year. So last year it was fairly new," Samala bared. "But this year I think the team is more used to this training program and I think we've improved a lot from the past years."

After their revamp, Samala has already seen a better and more empowered squad than years past. "I'm confident that this year will be very, very different from the previous years."

"I've seen the improvement of the team and the hard work of each of the members. So I hope that reflects in our CDC performance," she continued.

Even with their preparations, the Blue Babble Battalion believes there is still much to work on and focusing on the little things, Samala says, will help them achieve their goal of a better outing.

"We're not aiming for a spot as of now, we're just aiming for a perfect run," she said.

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