After landing fifth and fourth, respectively, last season, the De La Salle University Green and Lady Fencers ended their UAAP Season 80 campaign on a high note, both finishing at third place on Sunday at the Philippine Sports Complex Fencing Hall.
Green Fencers team captain David Lumahan was nothing but proud of his team’s overall performance this season. He shared, “Malaki talaga yung improvement namin compared last year kasi wala kaming nauwi kahit ano. Ngayon may maipagmamayabang kami, may mapagmamalaki kami na meron kaming nauwi na trophy.”
Although there were certain lapses, the team battled hard en route to a podium finish. “May mga kailangan pa kaming ipolish na mga moves and techniques na galing sa coaches namin. We need to listen more and learn more from our coaches this next season,” Lumahan added, setting his eyes for next season as early as now.
The Green Fencers received a total of four bronzes. Both Lumahan and Vincent Tibus finished at the third spot in the Individual Sabre category. Cho Won Suk, Joshua Lee together with Lumahan and Tibus landed at third in the Men’s Sabre Team. Hadj Santinitigan, Keith Medina Tyrone Nieto, and Maurice Uy similarly ended at third in the Men’s Epee Team.
On the other hand, the Lady Fencers also lived up to expectations, likewise ending up at third place. Team captain Divine Romero clinched two silver medals in the Individual Women’s Foil and Women’s Epee categories. In addition, Nichole Apacible earned a bronze medal in latter-mentioned category. Moreover, Nicole Alcaraz, Patricia Eusebio, Chloie Rudio, and Katrina Castañeda contributed a silver in the Women’s Epee Team. They also received a bronze in the Women’s Foil Team. In total, the Lady Fencers garnered five medals.
“It was better, really better. Ang laki ng improvement. Hindi lang yung isang tao yung gumagawa especially sa team events. Nagcontribute bawat isa. Lahat nag-aim ng medal,” a proud Romero shared.
On graduating Lady Fencer Jianne Piguing, she shared, “Sobrang laki ng effect kasi sa weapon niya, which is Sabre, siya na lang yung natitirang player na babae. Kapag nawala siya, we have to find someone to replace her. And kailangan ma-train namin yun na matatapatan na niya yung other schools.”
The Taft-based squad vowed to strive even further for next season. “Expect a better team but a smaller one because we have the skills. We just need enhancement and improvement,” she added.
La Salle mentor Gian Nocom was impressed following the feats achieved by his squad. “Very impressive. Most of our fencers got a medal, and that is a big plus for us.”
But he insisted the fencing team still has a lot to improve. “Mas maganda kung ma-improve pa namin yung team. Maintain or up; there is no way we should go down.”