UAAP Season 77 recap: Animo Squad
Published on April 13th, 2015 | by Michiko Alejandro
UAAP Cheerdance Competition
The UAAP is the biggest audience any cheerleader will have in the Metro. The DLSU Animo Squad failed to place on the top three with a line-up dominated by rookies during the UAAP Season 77 Cheerdance Competition.
“The rookie jitters were there. We even had one of the dreaded deductions in cheerleading, stepping out-of bounds. This was a deduction that entails one of the biggest penalties in the competition,” Coach Andro Garde shared.
The sad truth for any cheerleading team in our country is that you are judged only two ways, either you won (included on the top 3), or you lost. Even though the squad did not have the best year results-wise with a trophy, Coach Andro and the team still consider this year as a good one as they performed their best and gave it all.
“Since we didn’t place this year in the UAAP CDC then it’s easy to say that the squad didn’t do well this year. But to me, as a coach, I see it otherwise. This was our youngest team in the last five years. We filled our ranks with a lot of rookies to compensate for a lot of our graduating seniors.” Coach Andro added.
De La Salle University showcased an outer-galactic themed performance. Stunts with 71.5 points, and 70.5 points, were tallied to be potent in their routine. They had a whopping deduction of 26 points that really lowered and affected the score, and finished at 6th place, wherein they amassed a total of 557 points.
National Cheerleading Competition
The Green-and-White team also competed in the National Cheerleading Competition (NCC) where they participated in two divisions; something that they haven’t done since 2011. The Coed Division Qualifiers were held on February 8; the All-Girl Division Finals on February 28, and the Coed Division Finals on March 1, 2015 at the Mall of Asia Arena .
The DLSU Animo Squad Coed Team entered a list of youngsters who were also part of the UAAP routine. Their goal was not to bag the trophy, but to gain as much experience as possible.
The young team showed their improvement by qualifying for the Finals. Managing to upgrade their routine despite having only less than three weeks in between the qualifiers and the Finals, the DLSU Coed Team finished in 8th place, competing against the country’s best teams.
The All-Girls Team also had the same situation, with at least half the team being rookies. Even though they came in the competition as back-to-back National Champions, they were not considered as heavy favorites to win a third straight title.
The College of St. Benilde (CSB) notched the first place, while a newcomer to the division, the University of Santo Tomas (UST), took second place. The DLSU All-Girls Team finished at 3rd place.
“The growth and development that this very young team made this year show very good potential for the future. This was how the best years of the squad started: A young and hungry group that worked hard to become better. And that’s where we’re headed.” This was how the coach of the Animo Squad summed up their season.