NEW YORK – Seniors Katie Meili from the swimming and diving team and Steve Santos of wrestling were each presented the Connie S. Maniatty Outstanding Senior Student-athlete Awards to highlight the 92nd edition of the Varsity C Celebration: Saluting our Student-Athletes at Levien Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
Over the course of an outstanding career, Meili won seven individual Ivy League titles and was part of three relay championship teams. She owns school records in five individual and every single relay event, as well as the Ivy League record in the 200-IM, 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke.
Meili was named the Most Outstanding Swimmer in back-to-back Ivy League Championships and finished her closed out her senior year with three top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including a third place finish in the 100 breaststroke to earn first team All-America status. Her performance in the 100-breast was the highest national finish by a Columbia swimmer since Olympian Cristina Teuscher.
Santos saw immediate results as a first-year, claiming 20 victories at 149 pounds, which included a sixth place finish at the EIWA Championships. As a sophomore, the Brick, N.J. native earned honorable mention All-Ivy League honors and another top-10 finish at Easterns. Santos continued to improve in 2011-12, winning 26 bouts and was a first team All-Ivy League selection on his way to earning a bid to the NCAA Championships.
His senior year marked levels of success that no other Columbia wrestler had ever seen. Santos won his first 15 matches of the season and became just the 19th EIWA Champion in the program's history to automatically qualify for NCAA's where he continued to shine. Santos reached the podium, recording a third place finish, where he lost only to the eventual national champion, to earn the highest finish in school history.
The event, which honors all Columbia student-athletes, also featured the presentation of the Athletics Alumni Awards to George Van Amson '74CC and Ari Brose '84CC.
The watch award presentations for the Columbia senior student-athletes earning the highest cumulative grade-point averages and at least two varsity letters. Diana Lee (women's basketball) earned the Marion R. Philips Watch and Andrew Heinrich (football) earned the Dwight D. Eisenhower watch.
In addition, the fifth annual Lions Cup was awarded to the women's rowing team. A competitive event for all Columbia University varsity sports programs that is a means by which student-athletes can compete on behalf of their teams for points in various categories.
The women's rowing team also earned the Paul E. Fernandes Community Service Award, given to the varsity sports program achieving the most significant contributions and notable service to the University and local communities during an academic year.
Varsity C Celebration 2012-13 Awards
Alumni Athletic Award – George Van Amson '74CC (baseball/football) and Ari Brose '84CC (cross country/track & field)
Dwight D. Eisenhower Watch – Andrew Heinrich '13CC (football)
Marion R. Philips Watch – Diana Lee '13CC (women's basketball)
Connie S. Maniatty Outstanding Senior Athlete Award
Male – Steve Santos '13CC (wrestling)
Female – Katie Meili '13CC (women's swimming & diving)
Student Speakers – Brian Barbour '13CC (men's basketball) and Kristina Parsons '13CC (women's swimming & diving)
Men’s Cross Country
Cross Country Award – Jacob Sienko '14CC
Women’s Cross Country
Kathy Shiels Memorial Award – Erin Gillingham '13CC
Field Hockey Award – Christie O'Hara '13CC
Lion Pride Award – Liz Malone '14CC & Lauren Skudalski '15CC
David W. Smyth Football Cup – Josh Martin '13CC
Phil Fusco Memorial Award – Mike Waller '13CC
Class of 1913 Football Cup – Andrew Heinrich '13CC
Ali Ahern Memorial Award – Isabel King '13CC
1994 Award – Liz Crowe '13CC
Rocco Commisso Award – Kyle Jackson '16CC
Soccer Alumni Award – Jack Gagne '15CC
Volleyball Award – Megan Gaughn '13CC
Raymond J. Fullerton Memorial Award – Brian Barbour '13CC
Walter H. Bernson Memorial Award – Steve Frankoski '15CC
Jason Wachob Award – John Daniels '13CC
Sheldon B. Preschel Basketball Memorial Award – Dean Kowalski '13CC
Most Valuable Player Award – Tyler Simpson '13CC
Most Inspirational Player Award – Miwa Tachibana '15BC
James Murray Memorial Trophy – Michael Josephs '14CC
Kestler Award – Brian Ro '16CC
Women’s Fencing Award — Loweye Diedro '13CC
Kestler Award — Jackie Dubrovich '16CC
Men's Squash Award — Tony Zou '13CC
Women's Squash Award — Katie Quan '14CC
Klimley Award — Katie Quan '14CC
Women’s Swimming & Diving
Women’s Swimming Award — Katie Meili '13CC
Tina Steck Award — Caroline Lukins '13CC
Men’s Swimming & Diving
Herbert E. Vollmer Memorial Award — David Jakl '15CC
Jim Stallman Memorial Award — Alex Mango '16CC
Edward T. Kennedy Memorial Prize — Nathan Yueh '14CC
Gus Peterson Memorial Trophy — Robert Dyar '13CC
Jonathan P. Gross Memorial Award — Ryan Doyle '13CC
Spring Sports (Majority of winners will be determined after conclusion of spring season)
William Terminello Award — Michelle Piyapattra '14CC
Jeremiah Courtney Tennis Cup — Ashok Narayana '15CC
Women's Tennis Award — Nicole Bartnik '13CC
Women's Track & Field
Women's Track & Field Award — Nadia Eke '15CC