UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas has recaptured the UAAP general championship in Season 79, dislodging La Salle for the coveted crown in the collegiate league.
The Growling Tigers scored a total of 312 points in the general classification, 41 points ahead of the Green Archers, who previously won three of the last four seasons.
Santo Tomas, which reclaimed the title it last won in the 2014-2015 season, will formally receive the general classification crown in the closing ceremony on Saturday at the UST Plaza Mayor following the streetdance competition.
It is UST's 41st UAAP overall crown.
Victories in the men’s and women’s beach volleyball, men’s and women’s judo, men’s table tennis, men’s taekwondo, and women’s track and field along with consistent top three finishes in other events highlighted UST’s run at the general championship.
La Salle won the glamorous events of men’s basketball and women’s volleyball along with women’s football, poomsae, and women’s table tennis, but only garnered 11 second- or third-place finishes, one less than UST.
In the general championship tally, 15 points are given to a school which landed first place in a certain event, 12 for second place, 10 for third, 8 for fourth, 6 for fifth, 4 for sixth, 2 for seventh, and 1 for last place.
Ateneo placed third with 239 followed by University of the Philippines (214), National University (185), Far Eastern University (172), University of the East (142), and Adamson (92).
Ateneo won in baseball, men’s football, men’s swimming, and men’s volleyball, while UP topped women’s badminton and women’s swimming.
NU continued its rise in its sports program, topping dominating women’s basketball and a women’s tennis side led by Patrimonio sisters Anna Christine and Anna Clarice. The Bulldogs also captured women’s badminton and women’s taekwondo.
FEU captured titles in women’s chess led by Women’s GM Janelle Mae Frayna and men’s track and field, while UE swept the pet events men’s and women’s fencing, and ruling the men’s tennis that was led by Davis Cupper AJ Lim.
Adamson ruled softball for the seventh consecutive time.