UAAP 82: Incoming Penn State fencer Catantan leads UE to a nine-peat
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 14, 2020 11:28 PM
Samantha Catantan gave University of the East a memorable parting gift, leading the Junior Warriors to a nine-peat in girls fencing.
University of the East fashioned out a UAAP Season 82 high school fencing golden double Friday at the Paco Arena.
The Junior Warriors gave Samantha Catantan a fitting send-off by winning a ninth consecutive girls crown, while their boys' team achieved a 10-peat.
Behind Catantan's heroics, UE rallied past University of Santo Tomas, 45-44, in the girls' team saber final and completed a six-gold sweep with a 45-30 win over UST in the girls' team epee final.
An Asian U23 gold medalist who will play for US NCAA Division I's Penn State in college, Catantan emerged as the MVP once more, leaving a lasting legacy for the Junior Warriors' program.
"Sobrang layo na ng narating na ni Sam," said UE coach Amatov Canlas. "From UE, to UAAP, tapos na-discover siya sa US, pupunta sa magandang school. Hindi lang Penn State ang nag-recruit sa kanya. Maraming school. Pero ang sabi ko sa kanya mas maganda sa Penn State, gagaling at tataas ang level mo.”
UST and De La Salle-Zobel finished second (0-3-6) and third (0-0-3), respectively.
In the boys' division, MVP Shawn Felipe powered UE to a 45-9 dismantling of UST in the team foil final to cap a scintillating five-gold romp.
The Junior Warriors, who also captured two silvers and two bronzes, clinched their 10th straight boys crown as early as last Thursday.
Ateneo added a boys' team foil bronze to its 1-1-4 haul to finish second while Far Eastern University-Diliman completed the podium with a 0-2-1 tally.