By 'SCUAA Updates' News Team
Posted on February 14, 2015
National Capital Region (NCR) captured the overall championship anew at the closing of the National State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA) 2015 Olympics Friday at the Cagayan Sports Complex in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.
Flaunting their supremacy in 15 of 39 events, NCR players snatched a total of 101 gold medals on top of 67 silvers and 37 bronzes in the six-day competition among top student athletes from 16 regions of the country.
To extend domination of the SCUAA Olympics, the champion region turned back Region 3 (Central Luzon) and Region 4 (Southern Tagalog), who finished 2nd place with 63 golds, 60 silvers and 66 bronzes, and 3rd place with 42 golds, 58 silvers, and 59 bronzes, respectively.
NCR amassed very precious points when it prevailed in Arnis (men and women), baseball, basketball (women), beach volleyball (men), chess (men), dancesport (Latin and Standard), lawn tennis (women), sepaktakraw, softball, swimming (women), table tennis (men and women), volleyball (women), and athletics (women). (See complete tally on pages 2 and 3)
Region 6 (Western Visayas), who won in body building (men), boxing, football and Pencak Silat (men and women), wound up fourth with 43 golds, 37 silvers and 37 bronzes.
Emerging champion in swimming (women), CARAGA finished 5th with 31 golds, 14 silvers and 17 bronzes.
Worth mentioning is the record set by titleholders Region 9 in Karatedo (women), and ARMM in lawn tennis (men) and in volleyball (men).
Region 5 (Bicol) and Region 8 (Eastern Visayas) earned substantial points when invited judges declared their bets Mr. and Ms. SCUAA 2015, respectively.
Five regions participated in this year’s demonstration sports which included futsal, archery and body building. They were Region 3 with 13 golds, Region 6 with one gold, Region 4 with nine silvers and four bronzes, Region 2, the host region who landed 10th in the overall medal standing, with four silvers and four bronzes, and Region 9 with five bronzes.
Dr. Lourdino Vergara, sports director of the Philippine Normal University, said that NCR’s feat is dedicated to all the institutions that make up the region including their school heads, to the athletes who gave their best in the completion and to “our Almighty who is the giver of wisdom and strength.”
Asked about what secret did they employ to maintain supremacy in the Olympics since the inception of SCUAA, the sports director responded: “The secret maybe is the passion of our athletes to play with all their hearts, and the discipline and determination to win the game.”
Some 5,000 delegates and officials from 112 SUCs took part in the multi-sport event hosted by Dr. Romeo R. Quilang of Cagayan State University in cooperation with Cagayan Governor Alvaro Antonio and Tuguegarao City Mayor Engelbert Caronan.
The Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges headed by Dr. Ricardo Rotoras supervised the event, which was thrown full support by the Department of Education, whose city schools were made as billeting quarters of the delegations, Philippine National Police, Department of Health and Bureau of Fire Protection.