From the lowest of lows, Adamson Pep now on the highest of highs
Adamson is the first UAAP Cheerdance winner outside traditional powerhouses UP, UST, and FEU and modern day dynasty NU
Before 2017, the Adamson Pep Squad has never placed alone atop the leaderboard in the UAAP Cheerdance Competition.
And before 2016, Adamson Pep has only stood on the podium once in the annual event that first took place way back in 1994.
So safe to say, their third-place finish in 2016 and championship in 2017 have been the best years for the San Marcelino-based squad.
That is even truer as from 2002 to 2014, they have had to settle for five sixth-place finishes, one seventh-place finish, and two last-place finishes.
Without a doubt, that 12-year stretch were trying times and current head coach Jeremy Lorenzo knows that full well. “Ang pinaka naging motivation ko ay yung winless na experience ko buong college life ko,” he shared.
He then continued, “Kaya given the opportunity na mag-apply (as coach), naging inspiration ko na ibawi yung mga panahong nakaramdam ako ng talo.”
Lorenzo was a member of Adamson Pep from 2007 to 2012 – experiencing three finishes at fifth, one finish at sixth, and two finishes at eighth.
And so, when he took over as mentor for the Soaring Falcons in 2016, he didn’t waste time in lighting a fire under his wards.
That pretty much showed in last year’s UAAP Cheerdance as Adamson was a pleasant surprise for just about everybody.
Making it a point to make waves, their fluid and flawless water-themed routine proved to be more than enough for the bronze – their first medal since 2001
Only a year later, Lorenzo and his wards did themselves better, blowing everybody out of the water for their very first title – besting modern-day dynasty NU Pep Squad as well as traditional powerhouses UP Pep Squad, UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe, and FEU Cheering Squad.
For the former squad member and now squad mentor, it was a dream come true. “Hindi ko alam kung nanaginip ako. Sana ako na laging UP o UST o NU,” he shared.
He then continued, “It was surreal. Sobrang magical ng feeling.”
While it was magical, that breakthrough win cemented Adamson Pep’s status as a force to reckon with in UAAP Cheerdance. “Kung mahilera kami sa NU, UP, UST, it’s very flattering and overwhelming,” Lorenzo said.
Still, their head coach said they remain well aware that they can only get better. As he put it, “We still have more room for improvement. Bilog ang bola; we got the title so mag-strive pa kami para ma-sustain namin kung anong level yung meron kami ngayon.”
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