UE Pep Squad earns bronze that glittered like gold

Mark Escarlote on Dec 02, 2017 09:03 PM
UE Pep Squad earns bronze that glittered like gold
University of the East ended a 15-year wait for a podium finish in the UAAP cheerdance competition.

Fifteen years.

University of the East Pep Squad waited that long to step on the podium.

When their school was called as the bronze medal winners in the 2017 UAAP Cheerdance Competition, the Recto-based squad finally ended a long thirst.

It was a bronze finish that glittered like gold.

“Syempre naman wala na kaming ibang sasabihin kundi ang saya, sobrang saya,” said UE coach Dico Ili Saturday after his squad bagged third place behind new champion Adamson Pep Squad and second-placers University of Sto. Tomas Salinggawi Dance Troupe at the MOA Arena.

“We are hopeful talaga, that’s totally the honest thing na pwede naming sabihin,” he added. “Hopeful kami pero shocked kasi syempre ang tagal naming inantay, 15 years na wala ang UE Pep Squad sa podium kaya ngayon sobrang saya.”     

UE finished fifth in the last two editions of the event and it was a decade and a half since the school’s best finish – a runner-up to UST, which then was in its first of historic five-peat.    

“Worth it ang lahat ng pagod. Parang mas nakaka-excite na, excited na kami agad for next year,” Ili said.

UE tallied 634.50 points – a good 24 points ahead of dethroned four-time champions National University Pep Squad and former two-time winner Far Eastern University.

UE, which had a phoenix-themed routine, topped the tosses category and had decent scores in tumbling, stunts, pyramids and dance with only a 5-point deduction.  



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