ARELLANO University pulled off a near-flawless routine to cop its second consecutive NCAA Cheerleading Competition title on Friday at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Chiefs Squad, who wowed the crowd with its tosses and stunts, garnered a total score of 234.5 points.
It was a sweet Season 93 for AU as it bagged its third overall cheerleading title in the last four seasons.
“I-motivate natin ang sarili natin na ang championship isang araw lang pala ‘yan, dapat i-motivate natin ang sarili natin na gusto pa natin magchampion ulit,” said AU Chiefs Squad coach Lucky San Juan.
Although the Chiefs Squad paraded a smooth routine to take home P100,000 prize money, San Juan shared that their journey back to the top was not as smooth as they wanted.
“Actually, mas mahirap ang back-to-back for me kasi kami magdedefend kami ng title, ‘yun ang pressure namin,” he said.
“Then kapag natalo kami masakit sa part namin sobra kasi sa amin naka-mindset na kami kapag first runner up, syempre nasa taas ka na, talo,” he added.
Former nine-time champion University of Perpetual Help came in at second with 226 points and bagged P75,000, while San Beda University finished third with 193.5 points and won P50,000.
Meanwhile, Mapua is at the fourth spot with 193 points followed by Jose Rizal University (190), Emilio Aguinaldo College (175.5), Letran (170.5), College of St. Benilde (166) and Lyceum (152).
It was a double blow for CSB as graduating cheerleader Jasmin Yu sustained a left knee injury after a bad fall late in their performance.
She managed to finish the routine but she was immediately rushed to Makati Medical Center for check up.