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    UST set to claim general championship in abbreviated UAAP season

    Jun 16, 2020

    UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas is poised to take the general championship in the abbreviated UAAP Season 82.

    Outgoing UAAP president Em Fernandez of host Ateneo shared the news at the online Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum on Tuesday.

    "I think in their last count, sila ang made-declare na general champions. I do believe that they were leading," he said.

    "We have to remember that in the UAAP, in the high school division, 16 out of the 18 championships were awarded. In the collegiate division, 21 championships out of 31 were awarded."

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    Spin.ph's unofficial tally projected UST to keep the overall title in both the seniors and juniors divisions.

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    However, the UAAP won't award the Athlete of the Year honor.

    "There won't be any Athlete of the Year. That's been recommended by the BMD and approved of the BOT (Board of Trustees) for both the high school and collegiate level," said Fernandez.

    UAAP executive director Rebo Saguisag added: "It's important to come out with the data with regards to the declaration of an overall champion."

    "Yung sa overall championship, lahat ng school naka-participate. To award the Athlete of the Year, may mga athletes na hindi nakapag-compete or hindi man lang nakatuntong fully. That is the wisdom why they decided to have an overall champion, but not an Athlete of the Year."

    The Growling Tigers amassed a total of 209 points to once again rule in the seniors division and claim the overall championship for the fourth straight season, and 44th overall for the Espana side.

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    UST took home five gold medals as it topped the men's and women's divisions in beach volleyball and table tennis, as well as in men's judo.

    It also bagged five silver medals from both men's and women's basketball, men's chess, women's taekwondo, and women's judo, as well as three bronze medals from men's swimming, women's chess, and men's taekwondo.

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    The computation solely came from first semester sports after majority of the second semester sports were called off in the light of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

    La Salle finished in second place with 181 points despite only taking home one gold from poomsae.

    Boosting the Green Archers' total were their six silver medals, coming from women's beach volleyball, men's swimming, women's chess, women's badminton, men's taekwondo, and women's fencing, and five bronze medals from women's swimming, men's badminton, men's fencing, and both divisions in table tennis.

    Hosts Ateneo sits at third place with its 162 total points from four gold, three silver, and three bronze medals.

    The Blue Eagles ruled in men's basketball, women's badminton, and both divisions in swimming.

    University of the Philippines collected 137 points to finish at fourth despite failing to win any gold medals.

    National University accumulated 117 points to place fifth after winning four gold medals from women's basketball, men's badminton, and both men's and women's taekwondo.

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    Far Eastern University wound up at sixth place with 94 points after winning both of its golds from men's and women's chess.

    University of the East is at seventh with 92 points after capturing the championships in both divisions in fencing, as well as women's judo, while Adamson is at dead last with its 53 points.

    It's the same story in the high school division as University of Santo Tomas took home its sixth straight juniors general championship -- which is also its 21st overall.

    The Tiger Cubs collected five gold medals, from both the boys' and girls' swimming, boys' taekwondo, boys' judo, and boys' baseball to corral a total of 159 points.

    UST also got three silvers, from boys' and girls' table tennis, and girls' judo, and one bronze from girls' volleyball.

    De La Salle-Zobel placed second with its 122 points from two gold medals from boys' and girls' table tennis.

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    National University-Nazareth School took third with 114 points after winning the golds in boys' basketball, girls' chess, and boys' and girls' volleyball.

    Far Eastern University-Diliman placed fourth with 97 points, followed by UE (82 points), Ateneo (70), Adamson (56), and UP Integrated School (33).

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