THE UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe returned to the podium after finishing at second place in the UAAP Season 80 cheerdance competition at the Mall of Asia Arena Saturday.
The Adamson University Pep Squad won the title for the first time with its 80’s-inspired routine.
Salinggawi’s crouching tiger theme scored 638.5 points behind Adamson’s 663.5.
UST led the competition in the dance category with 340.5 points. Adamson, with a near-perfect routine and only a two-point deduction, aced the stunts and pyramids category with 80.5 and 91 points, respectively.
“Parang hindi totoo. Hindi ko ine-expect na magpo-podium finish kami sa last year ko. Sobrang sulit lang [itong nangyari para sa akin]. Kumapit kami,” SDT team captain Benjo Gutierrez told the Varsitarian.
Despite errors in the pyramid stunt, SDT head coach Mark Chaiwalla said the successful execution of the leveled-up routine proved the team’s improvement from the past season. Salinggawi finished fourth and missed the podium in Season 79.
The University of the East Pep Squad’s Phoenix-inspired showcase landed third with 634.5 points.
Four-time defending champion National University Pep Squad slipped from the podium and tied the FEU Cheering Squad at fourth place with 610.50 points.
The UP Pep Squad settled at sixth place with 575.5 points while the De La Salle Animo Squad finished seventh with 567.5 markers.
The Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion was dead last anew with 558.5 points.