The second-place finish of UST's football team, here celebrating a point in the Final Four, is enough to propel UST to its 42nd UAAP Seniors title Denver Lachica/Dugout Philippines (file photo)
By Ricky Manliguis
MANILA—And still growling.
University of Santo Tomas continued its legacy of excellence, retaining the over-all seniors general championship at the conclusion of UAAP Season 80.
The España-based squad made good in six of the total 16 sporting disciplines to rack up 281.5 points, edging runner-ups De La Salle University and University of the Philippines for its back-to-back titles and 42nd over-all in the 80-year history of the league.
Bannering the winners are the women’s beach volleyball tandem of Cherry Rondina and Caitlyn Viray, who retained the women’s title against Far Eastern University, and the poomsae team which took the overall title.
Other gold medal winners for UST are in women’s tennis, women’s track and field, and judo (men’s and women’s).
They also finished second in both men’s and womens’ football, men’s beach volleyball, table tennis (men’s and women’s), men’s fencing, and softball.
Bronze medals came from women’s basketball, women’s swimming, and men’s taekwondo.
The Green Archers finished close second with 271 points, headlined by championships in women’s volleyball, women’s football, women’s table tennis, women’s chess, and women’s badminton.
Men’s football champs UP finished in the podium with 234 points, while Ateneo got fourth with 228.5 anchored on its wins in men’s basketball and a double in swimming.
National U, the Season 81 hosts, got 180 points behind first places in women’s basketball, men’s volleyball, men’s beach volleyball, men’s chess, men’s table tennis, men’s badminton, and a sweep in taekwondo.
Rounding out the list were double fencing and men’s tennis winners University of the East (168 pts.), season hosts and women’s track and field winners FEU (151 pts.), and Adamson U (68pts.), which got golds in baseball and softball.
Title winners score 15 points, while the runner-ups got 12 and third placers 10 points.