UNIVERSITY of the East swept the men’s and women’s crowns at the end of the UAAP Season 75 fencing tournament Friday at the Philsports Arena.
The Lady Warriors notched their sixth consecutive women’s championship, while their men’s counterparts ended a three-year title drought. The Junior Warriors also won the high school division.
UE’s Justine Gail Tinio won the Rookie-Most Valuable Player honors in the women’s division, while 16-year old Nathaniel Perez was also named the tournament’s top newcomer and MVP.
“Last year, gusto naming ma-sweep yung mga events kaya lang minalas lang kami, siyempre ganoon talaga. Pero ngayong Season 75, sinigurado namin, kaya binantayan namin, nag-training kami,” Red Warriors coach Rolando Canlas, a three-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist.
“Kahit lamang talaga kami sa tao at malakas ang team, hindi kami nagpabaya. Mahirap nang magkampante, pinaghirapan namin nang husto,” he added.
The Lady Warriors collected four gold, two silver and a bronze medal to clinch their seventh title overall, while University of Santo Tomas placed second with a 1-1-2 haul followed by La Salle, which collected one gold and two silver.
“Naghirap kami sa training pero maganda ang resulta. I love this school (UE) and nagpapasalamat ako sa tiwala ng mga coaches ko,” said Tinio, who topped the women’s foil individual and led the team to the epee and foil titles.
Regaining the championship they last won in 2009, the Red Warriors collected four gold, three silver and two bronze medals to beat Ateneo (2-0-0) and La Salle (0-2-2) and claim a league-leading eighth diadem.
“Masaya ako, dahil sa first year ko at nag-champion kami sa men’s,” said Perez, who won the individual foil and epee and led the team two the titles in the two disciplines.
“Sana kung maganda ang ipapakita namin, makukuha namin ang back-to-back.”
Last year’s champion UST finished out of the podium with one silver and one bronze medal.