MANILA, Philippines -- University of Santo Tomas (UST) bagged a record 40th seniors general championship, as well as its 16th juniors overall crown at the end of UAAP Season 77.
In the final tally released on Wednesday, the Growling Tigers put an end to De La Salle University’s two-year reign in the seniors division, edging the Green Archers.
With its championships in women’s beach volleyball, women’s athletics and title sweeps in judo, UST reasserted its status as having the most successful seniors sports program in the league with 285 points.
The Tigers also took runner-up honors in men’s beach volleyball, men’s and women’s lawn tennis, men’s and women’s lawn tennis, men’s and women’s fencing, and bagged third in men’s volleyball, softball, women’s taekwondo, poomsae, men’s swimming, men’s table tennis, men’s athletics and men’s chess.
La Salle, meanwhile, emerged champions in men’s and women’s table tennis and men’s chess to finish second with 278 points.
The Archers’ women’s volleyball, men’s football women’s beach volleyball, women’s taekwondo, poomsae, men’s badminton, women’s chess and baseball squads bagged runner-up trophies, while the men’s and women’s basketball teams, along with women’s swimming and women’s lawn tennis claimed third-place awards.
UST also wrested the high school general championship crown from season host University of the East in another tight race.
The Tiger Cubs won for the eighth time in the last season after collecting 131 points despite having only won the girls swimming title.
The Junior Warriors settled for second with 125 points after successful campaigns in boys volleyball, where the Recto-based spikers ruled for the 11th straight season aside from the victories by their boys and girls fencing, taekwondo, table tennis and athletics.
University of the Philippines finished third behind UST and La Salle with 234 points behind its first poomsae championship, while ending long title droughts in women’s badminton and women’s taekwondo.
Ateneo de Manila University, which completed a championship double in volleyball and swimming and a three-peat in baseball, was No. 4 with 216 points, while Far Eastern University emerged in fifth place with 199 points via title sweeps in football, men’s athletics and women’s chess.
National University, which ended a 60-year title drought in men’s basketball, aside from a perfect 16-0 campaign in women’s basketball, a lawn tennis title sweep and championships in men’s beach volleyball and men’s volleyball, placed sixth with 185 points.
UE, behind another championship double in fencing, placed seventh with 135 points, while Adamson University, which ruled softball with another unbeaten run for the fifth consecutive year, was in eighth place with 105 points.
The closing ceremonies, which will feature the announcement of the league’s Athlete of the Year in the men’s, women’s and juniors division, is scheduled on Saturday, 5 p.m., at the UE Theater.