Savard, Eppleman Named Recipients of Annual Harnum, Heaton Awards

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Swimmer Christie Savard (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) and football and track & field athlete Bobby Eppleman (Chester Springs, Pa./West Chester East) were named the respective recipients of Susquehanna’s Connie N. Harnum and Blair M. Heaton Awards, presented on Friday, May 13, at the on-campus Senior Awards Reception.

The Harnum Award is named for SU Sports Hall of Fame coach Connie Harnum, whose tenure included 27 seasons as the head field hockey coach, as well as head coach of the women’s tennis team. The award is given to the senior female student-athlete who best represents the ideals of intercollegiate athletics.

The Heaton Award is given to the Susquehanna male student-athlete who best exemplifies a devotion to scholarship and athletics, along with the self-discipline and courage that was characteristic of the highly-respected Susquehanna coach and math professor for whom the award is named.

Savard, an Elementary and Early Childhood Education major who boasts a 3.75 grade-point average (GPA), certainly made her mark on the Susquehanna record books over her prolific career. One year ago, she became SU’s first-ever NCAA participant and is a two-time NCAA qualifier. Savard holds program records in four individual and five relay events.

As a senior, she received the team’s “Heart of a Champion” award and was named team MVP as a sophomore and a junior. Also during her junior year, she Savard was named the Landmark Conference Female Swimmer of the Year and was nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year.

In 2010-11, she served as team captain and earned All-Academic Division III honors for the second consecutive year. In addition, she is a seven-time member of the Dean’s List, a member of Alpha Delta Pi and a member Kappa Delta Pi Educational Honor Society. Savard spent this past spring semester completing her student-teaching requirements.

A two-sport athlete, Eppleman has also left his mark on various record books and program records both during his four-year career on the gridiron and as a multi-event performer for the track and field team. For four years, Eppleman was the football squad’s starting kicker and punter and was a four-time all-conference selection (three times in the Liberty League, once in the Centennial Conference). He holds the school record for the longest punt (63 yards) and longest field goal (44 yards).

In 2009, he was named the Liberty League Special Teams Player of the Year and in 2010, was named a National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete. Also in 2010, he picked up the Centennial Conference Sportsmanship Award.

Eppleman, a Studio Art major with a 3.35 GPA, leaves Susquehanna as a four-time Neal Potter Special Teams Player of the Year, a three-time D3football.com Preseason All-America punter and a three-time D3proday.com All-America selection.

Eppleman was equally prolific during his track and field career. Often competing in upwards of five events per championship meet for the Crusaders, he was named the Landmark Field Athlete of the Year in 2010 as a junior and currently stands fourth all-time in both pole-vault (indoor) and pentathlon, fifth in pole vault (outdoor) and 10th in the long jump (indoor). As a freshman, Eppleman was named both the Landmark Indoor and Outdoor Male Rookie of the Year.