UAAP 82: UE captures golden double in High School Fencing

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 17, 2020 10:31 AM
UAAP 82: UE captures golden double in High School Fencing
(Photo courtesy of the UAAP)

University of the East fashioned out a UAAP Season 82 high school 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 nadiscover 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.

"Happy ako kay Sam," said Amatov.

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.

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