NEW YORK – Columbia University Athletics closes the 2012-13 academic year with its annual year-end awards ceremony, the 92nd Annual Varsity C Celebration: Celebrating Our Student-Athletes, on Tuesday, April 30, in Levien Gymnasium at 7 p.m.

The event serves as the final gathering of the 2012-13 academic year for all of Columbia's student-athletes and coaches where the highest honors will be bestowed on some of the Lions' brightest stars.

The Connie S. Maniatty Award is given to the top senior male and female student-athletes in recognition for their outstanding Columbia careers. The six finalists, announced Monday are:

Brian Barbour '13CC (basketball)

Sean Brackett '13CC (football)

Steve Santos '13CC (wrestling)


Nicole Bartnik '13CC (tennis)

Sharay Hale '13CC (track & field)

Katie Meili '13CC (swimming)

Columbia Athletics will also award two prestigious watch awards to two seniors who have earned the Varsity C for at least two seasons. The Marion R. Philips Watch is given to the senior female student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Watch will be presented to the senior male student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average.

This year marks the inception of the Karen Blank Award that will be handed out to a senior female student-athlete enrolled in Barnard College, who exemplifies the qualities of academic success, athletic achievement, strong sporting behavior and commitment to community.

In addition to the presentation of these major awards, the evening will feature a year-in-review highlight video celebrating the major moments and achievements accomplished this year. Individual sports program award winners will also be recognized during the event program and a full dinner will be served to the attendees at the conclusion of the event.

This year's Athletics Alumni Award honorees include George Van Amson '74CC (football and baseball) and Ari Brose '84CC (cross country/track & field).

Van Amson is one of the most influential Columbians in history after fashioning a successful 21-year careeer as an executive at Morgan Stanley. He served a 12-year term as the 96th Alumni Trustee from 1996-2008 and continues to provide leadership as the chair of the Columbia Alumni Association. During his time at Morningside Heights, Van Amson was elected class president in his freshman and sophomore years and made his mark in athletics on both the baseball and football teams.

Brose was a true pioneer in women's athletics at Columbia. A talented distance runner, she was a member of the Barnard cross country and track and field squads and was named captain of first-ever women's cross country and track and field teams to compete as Columbia Lions after the establishment o f the Columbia-Barnard Athletic Consortium. Brose is a member of the Columbia Athletics Women's Leadership Council and was named one of the 25 most influential alumnae in the history of the Columbia-Barnard Athletic Consortium.