NEW YORK – Columbia University Athletics has announced the finalists for the Rookie of the Year Award. The winners will be announced at the 97th Annual Varsity C Celebration on Tuesday, May 1, at 6 p.m. 

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR MALE FINALISTS
Sidarth Kumbla - Fencing
Jack Lin - Tennis
Jonathan Suckow - Diving
Velavan Senthilkumar - Squash
Blake Willis - Soccerr

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR FEMALE FINALISTS
Alexandria Absey - Lacrosse
Sylvie Binder - Fencing
Jennifer Kerr - Tennis
Maria Pagane - Softball

Tomorrow, the finalists for the William V. Campbell Performer of the Year will be announced, followed by the Connie S. Maniatty Award Thursday. The Maniatty Award is given annually to the top senior male and female student-athletes in recognition for their outstanding Columbia careers.

The Varsity C Celebration serves as the final gathering of the academic year for all of 800-plus Columbia's student-athletes with the purpose of showcasing their achievements and milestones. The highest honors will be bestowed on several of the Lions' brightest stars. In addition to the presentation of several major awards, the evening will feature videos and highlights celebrating major moments and achievements accomplished this year. Individual sports program award winners will also be recognized during the event and a full dinner will be served to the attendees at the conclusion of the event.

Planning for this year's celebration was coordinated in conjunction with a Student-Athlete Planning Committee consisting of sophomore Amber Swinarski (Softball), junior Danielle Buttinger (Field Hockey), junior Diana Masch (Squash), senior Erin Melly (Track & Field), senior Sarah Hardie (Track & Field) and junior George Patterson (Lightweight Rowing). The group was charged to plan and add new excitement to this year's Celebration.

The Celebration is FREE for all student-athletes, coaches and Athletics staff. For parents, campus partners, alumni, and others, tickets can be purchased for $50 and can be acquired by clicking here! Additionally, please share the Facebook Event page with your constituents and on your social media pages!

ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi will serve as Master of Ceremonies. A reporter for both ESPN and ABC who is based in New York City, Rinaldi has contributed to ESPN's golf coverageSportsCenterOutside the LinesCollege GameDay and Sunday NFL Countdown. A three-time Regional Emmy Award winner, Rinaldi earned his Master’s degree from Columbia University.