NATIONAL University topped the NCR College Qualifiers at the Mall of Asia over the weekend, showing its readiness to defend the title in the National Cheerleading Championship.
The NU cheer squadron scored 341.5 points, while topping the tosses (71), tumbling (67), and pyramid (77) categories.
“We continued our program of recruiting the top athletes from around the country to come to NU,” said head coach Ghicka Bernabe. “So far, it has been successful for us. The school support has been consistent and generous.”
“We just have to continue what got us here,” said assistant coach Gabby Bajacan. “We want to stay humble, and to stay hungry.”
The NU squad won the 2013 NCC title before ruling the 2013 UAAP Cheerdance competition.
“They’ve learned how to win,” said NCC judge Eduardo David. “What they’re able to do, they seem to do with the least effort and maximum efficiency. It’s exciting to see what they come up with in the National Finals.”
Four-time National Champions Central Colleges of the Philippines placed second (294 points), while seven-time NCAA champions University of Perpetual Help was third (290).
Former UAAP Champion University of Santo Tomas placed fourth (288 points) in its first appearance in the NCC. Taguig City University placed (272), followed by Rizal Technological Institute (261.5), University of the East (240.5), and Ateneo De Manila (237.5).
“We are happy to be part of the NCC this year,” said UST head coach Ramon Pagaduan, “We felt the genuine warm welcome of the audience, as well as the other teams, which is a trademark of NCC competitions.”
“We will take it one day at a time. What’s important is that the kids are able to experience this kind of level of competition,” Pagaduan said about their preparations for the national finals.