NU Pep Squad defends National Cheerleading Championship
by rick olivares
The National University Pep Squad successfully defended its National Cheerleading Championship (NCC) last Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
NU emerged triumphant in a field of 16 collegiate teams in the Coed College Cheer competition tallying a whopping 340.5 points; 23 points ahead of first runner-up University of Perpetual Help System Dalta that finished with 317.5 points. Far Eastern University was named second runner-up with 301.5 points.
It was NU’s third NCC title over-all and it caps their scholastic calendar that began with a bronze finish at the International Cheerleading Union (ICU) World Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Florida in April of 2015 and their third consecutive UAAP CDC championship.
“It has been an unbelievable year,” said NU Pep Squad head coach Ghicka Bernabe. “There is always pressure to deliver and I am pleased to see the team make good on its promise and potential. The pressure is good because it keeps us from being complacent. It is also a good way for many of our seniors to graduate — with a championship.”
NU will be losing 10 seniors to graduation by school year’s end.
“The NCC is just getting bigger,” said NCC President Carlos Valdez. “We started out before with only a few schools. This year, over 300 schools participated in the competition. Every year, we see teams levelling up in terms of skill and performance. As for NU, I think they responded well to the challenge of other schools like Perpetual Help, FEU, UST, and Arellano University. For sure next year will be even more exciting."