Columbia Athletics Announces Maniatty Finalists in Anticipation of Varsity C Celebration

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NEW YORK – Columbia University Athletics closes the 2013-14 academic year with its annual year-end awards ceremony, the 93rd Annual Varsity C Celebration: Celebrating Our Student-Athletes, on Tuesday, April 29, in Levien Gymnasium at 7 p.m.

The event serves as the final gathering of the 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:

John Gregorek '14CC (track & field)
Harrison McFann '14CC (track & field)
David Najem '14CC (soccer)

Marvellous Iheukwumere '14CC (track & field)
Michelle Piyapattra '14CC (golf)
Bianca Sanon '14CC (tennis)

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.

The Karen Blank Award 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 Susan K. Feagin '74GS and Thomas Cornacchia '85CC (heavyweight rowing).

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