The National University (NU) Pep Squad won the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) cheerdance competition for the fourth consecutive year on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Shining in their intergalactic costumes, the NU Pep Squad garnered 711 points besting their 668 points in 2015. NU wowed the crowd with their well-choreographed stunts highlighted by crisp tosses and pyramids.
“This is one of the sweetest victory for us,” NU cheerdance coach and trainer Ghika Bernabe said during the postgame interview. “Last year, our performance ended up controversially but today we proved ourselves that we are the true champions.”
“We perfected our routine and we incorporated everything from tumbling to dance. We proved that we could be a champion. From Stone Age last year and now to a much futuristic era or artificial intelligence theme, we perfected it,” she added.
Asked about her thoughts on the non-participation of University of the Philippines (UP) in this year’s meet, Bernabe said: “Its their choice. I believe they discussed that. I’m happy for those teams that participated.”
The NU Pep Squad took home the P340,000 grand prize plus P25,000 for the best toss, P25,000 for the best group stunts and P50,000 for best over the top pyramid.
Far Eastern University finished second with 658 points, while Adamson University finished third with 655 points. It was Adamson’s first podium finish since 2001.
University of Santo Tomas finished fourth with 650, University of the East fifth with 645, De La Salle University sixth with 560 and Ateneo De Manila University seventh with 512 points.
Meanwhile, there will be no men’s basketball game this weekend. The Final Four battle will begin on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena with No. 1 La Salle taking on No. 4 Adamson.
In the other semifinals pairing, No. 2 Ateneo will face No. 3 FEU on Saturday at the same venue.