by Marisse Gabrielle Panaligan
Women’s varsity teams steered the University of the Philippines to fifth place in the partial standings of the overall standings of the UAAP Season 74, garnering 105 points from the 14 first semester sports events.
The Women’s Swimming Team led UP as they defended their title from last season, while the Women’s Table Tennis Team regained the crown they last held in 2000.
Following their lead were the Women’s Judo Team which replicated their second place finish from last year, and the Women’s Taekwondo team which ranked third.
Four men’s varsity teams landed on the top four of their respective tournaments. The Men’s Swimming Team, which finished first place last season, and the Men’s Taekwondo Team, which ended third in Season 73, both slid down to fourth place. The Men’s Judo Team and the Men’s Beach Volleyball Team, meanwhile, both remained at fourth place.
The cheerdance competition, where UP emerged as back-to-back champions this year, is not included in the tabulation for the overall championship.
University of Santo Tomas is currently leading in the standings with 151 points, followed closely by the De La Salle University with 139 points. Ateneo De Manila University landed on the third spot with 117 points, while Far Eastern University placed fourth with 111 points.
In the bottom of the standings were University of the East with 72 points, Adamson University with 56 points, and National University with 34 points.
Meanwhile, UP Integrated School ranked sixth in the Junior Division with 23 points. The Girls’ Swimming Team led the Junior Maroons after placing third in their respective tournament.
UST is on top of the standings with 65 points, followed by University of the East with 62 points, Ateneo De Manila University with 48 points, and De La Salle Zobel with 44 points. Far Eastern University placed seventh with 22 points, while Adamson University ranked eighth with 14 points.
UP has a total of five UAAP overall championships, with the last title coming from the 1997-1998 season. Defending champions UST, meanwhile, has the most UAAP general titles, boasting 51 crowns since 1993.