Ateneo swimmer and DLSU baseball player named UAAP Athletes of the Year
UST bagged both the seniors and juniors general championships at the conclusion of the 80th season of the UAAP.
Rookie Kirsten Chloe Daos of Ateneo and fourth-year player Kiko Gesmundo were named as the UAAP Season 80 Athletes of the Year in the closing ceremony of the league at the FEU Auditorium in Manila Wednesday afternoon.
Daos, a rookie sensation in the women's swimming division, bagged six gold medals and one silver en route to a Rookie-MVP award in the tournament.
Gesmundo, a fourth-year player from the De La Salle Green Batters, led his team to the top record of UAAP Baseball with a 10-1 record, although his team got bounced in the Finals by Adamson, 2-0.
Gesmundo, a two-way baseball player, was named best slugger and third baseman while also being a pitcher for DLSU.
Meanwhile, in the juniors' division, swimmer Nikki Pamintuan of DLS-Zobel (individual) and UAAP Juniors' Football's Gio Pabualan (team) of FEU were named as the Athletes of the Year.
The most popular collegiate league in the country also recognized its student-athletes who have exhibited excellence in the academic field.
FEU's Bernadeth Pons received the award in front of an appreciative Tamaraw crowd, obtaining it along with Adamson's John Wilfred Enal, De La Salle's Jamaica Sy, and Ateneo's Marquis Alindogan.
Joining them as the Scholar Athletes of the Year were Mike Minuluan of NU, William de Lara of UP, and Noelito Jose, Jr, of UST.
High school athletes Jallen Agra and Faith Nisperos of NU, Phillip Santos of Ateneo, Anna Royeca of DLS-Zobel, John Miciano of FEU, Samantha Catantan of UE, Zoe Hilario of UP, and Ronalyn Lalimo of UST.
The UST Tigers were the stars of the night as they were awarded their 42nd Seniors' General Championship, the most in UAAP history. The Tiger Cubs meanwhile dominated the juniors' division, winning their 19th overall title.
"UST takes pride in its 42nd general championship," said Fr. Jannel Abogado, O.P., the director of the school's Institute of Physical Education and Athletics.
At the conclusion of the ceremonies, UAAP President of the Board of Trustees Dr. Michael Alba passed the torch and the UAAP flag to the next president, NU's Teodoro Ocampo.
Season 81 will be hosted by the Bulldogs for the first time since Season 75.
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