Don’t you forget about the FEU Cheering Squad

Paul Lintag on Nov 30, 2017 07:46 PM
Don’t you forget about the FEU Cheering Squad
The FEU Cheering Squad is adamant that it remains a cheerdance powerhouse

It's easy to forget that the UAAP Cheerdance Competition is more than just NU, UP, and UST.

UP and UST both have the history, creating an epic rivalry that has turned one of the UAAP's signature events into what it is today.

NU changed the competition forever, setting a new standard for the modern era by making itself an actual Cheerdance dynasty.

Then there's FEU, the other Cheerdance champion. It's easy to forget that before the rise of NU Pep, the FEU Cheering Squad was the team that completed the Cheerdance “Big 3.”

While Morayta only has two championships, it's tied with UST for second-most medals with 16,

The rise of NU meant that one team had to step back from the podium and for three straight seasons, it was the Tamaraws who made the sacrifice.

That was not the case last season as FEU's return to UAAP elite was fast-tracked by taking over as the league's second-ranked squad behind only the Bulldogs.

And entering a new season, the Tamaraws are determined to keep that status against some stacked competition featuring 4-time defending champion NU, the always-improving Adamson Pep Squad, and of course, the returning UP Pep Squad.

Despite that however, "the process" is still ongoing for FEU.

"Of course everyone wants the top spot ‘di ba, pero yun nga since it's a process, hindi mo kailangan madaliin," head coach Randell San Gregorio told ABS-CBN Sports in a previous interview regarding the outlook for this year.

"Syempre mas may pressure yun [winning second place in 2016]," he added.

With the UAAP Cheerdance Competition being just a one-time event, the margin for error for each competing team is rather slim.

Screw up your routine and you have to wait one full year to bounce back.

There is always pressure, even more so for teams that made the podium the year before. Anything less than an improvement would be a disappointment.

And for FEU, after being second in 2016, it's not crazy to say that it's championship or bust for the team. Still, the Tamaraws would rather have it that way.

"Dahil second yung binigay samin [in 2016], parang mas may pressure siya tuloy," San Gregorio said.

"Pero kumbaga, I'd choose the pressure anytime kesa hindi kami magplace," he added.

Trust the process.

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