Judo The mixed pair of Jade Ashley Carno and Kobe Macario keyed UST’s return to the UAAP poomsae throne yesterday. UAAP photo

UST dethrones La Salle

May 31, 2022 Theodore P. Jurado 488 views

UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas ended La Salle’s two-year reign in the UAAP poomsae competition yesterday at the Coral Way of the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Growling Tigers ruled the mixed pair category and swept the team events to become the winningest poomsae squad with four titles.

Kobe Macario and Jade Ashley Carno topped the mixed pair with 8.665 to jumpstart UST’s gold rush. La Salle’s Patrick Perez and Mikee Rose Regala bagged the silver with 8.615 while National University’s Ceanne Rosquillo and Leila Soria took the bronze with 8.555.

The men’s team gold went to the Tigers with 8.520, besting the Bulldogs, who captured the silver with 8.380, and the Green Archers, who had 8.220 for the bronze.

Needing to win the women’s team gold to reclaim the throne, UST got the job done with 8.515. University of the Philippines reached its lone podium finish with a silver with 8.500, while La Salle had 8.400 to claim the bronze.

Aidaine Laxa, who was part of the women’s team gold medal team, went home with the Rookie-MVP award. She also secured a silver in the women’s individual event.

The Bulldogs placed second with one gold, two silvers and one bronze, while the Green Archers, the second winningest team with three titles, settled for third with 1-1-3 haul.

La Salle’s Patrick Perez’s 8.550 gave him a third consecutive individual men’s gold in the UAAP. NU’s Rosquillo (8.53) won a silver while UST’s Vincent Gabriel Rodriguez (8.370) bagged the bronze.

NU’s Soria secured the individual women’s gold with 8.470, besting UST’s Laxa (8.455) and La Salle’s Sofia Sarmiento (8.385).