JUST by looking at the members of defending champion National University Pep Squad during the finals of the 2016 National Cheerleading Championship, you more or less knew.
Judging by their demeanor, they knew it, too.
With their riskier routines executed to near perfection, the Bulldogs scored a runaway victory in retaining their Mixed Co-Ed title in Day Two of the NCC national finals at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday.
The Bulldogs finished with a tournament-best 340.5 points, leaving everyone else fighting for runner-up honors. Perpetual Help Altas finished next with 317.5 points, while Far Eastern University secured third with 301.5 points.
NU Pep Squad co-captain Amanda Luis Alendrino credited the calculated risk of performing stunts with higher degrees of difficulty - from the Bulldogs’ signature side tummy shoulder sit to pull-ups to transitions - routines they have been practicing since summer of last year.
“We have been dominating sa difficulty. We have lots of high difficulty tumbling,” said NU coach Jica Parta as her team squad responded well to ‘positive pressure’ in capturing both the mixed college and college stunt titles.
"Most of us tumble. Our tosses are very high. We have eight girls up on dual stunts. Our pyramids are very, very strong," Parta added.