BACK-TO-BACK -- Arellano University reigned supreme once again in the NCAA Cheerleading Competition.
Defending champion Arellano University executed its patented thrilling stunts and had a near-flawless routine to wow the judges as the Chiefs Squad completed a back-to-back in the 93rd NCAA Cheerleading Competition Friday at the close of another successful year for the oldest collegiate league in the country at the Big Dome.
The Chiefs Squad earned a total of 234 points to lord over the nine-team competition in the Legarda-based squad’s third championship in four years after its breakthrough crown in 2014.
Arellano U bested nine-time champion University of Perpetual Help Perps Squad, which received a total of 226 points to finish behind the Chiefs Squad.
AU coach Lucky San Juan said that they’ve completed and practiced their since last year as a testament of their serious bid to keep the title in their Legarda campus.
“Actually, last year pa namin natapos ‘tong routine namin eh,” said San Juan, who wards bagged the top purse of P100,000. “Actually, mas mahirap ang back-to-back for me kasi kami magde-defend kami ng title, ‘yun ang pressure namin.”
The Perps Squad received a P75,000 cash prize.
San Beda University made its presence felt as it landed a podium spot for the first time since the competition started in 2004. The SBU Red Corps had 193.5 points to pocket the bronze medal and P50,000.
Mapua University finished fourth with 193, followed by Jose Rizal University, which took the 2008 title, (190), Emilio Aguinaldo College (175.5), Letran (170.5), College of St. Benilde (166) and Lyceum of the Philippines University (152).
During their performance, graduating CSB cheerleader Jasmin Yu sustained a left knee injury after a bad fall. She managed to finish the routine before being carried out of the mat and was rushed to Makati Medical Center for medical checkup.
San Sebastian College skipped the tournament for the fourth straight season but stepped on the mat for a special performance after the competition.
Meanwhile, San Beda pocketed the general championship trophy in both the senior and juniors division during the closing ceremony while Perpetual formally accepted the hosting duties for Season 94 from SSC-R.
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