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Seton Hall Celebrates Senior Class of 2016 at Annual Pirate Blue Banquet

May 10, 2016

Academic Merit Award Winners
Over 80 percent of Seton Hall Athletics' Senior Class of 2016 was a recipient of the department's Academic Merit Award for maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher

South Orange, N.J. - The Seton Hall University Department of Athletics hosted its fifth-annual Pirate Blue Senior Awards Banquet on Tuesday, May 10, at the Maplewood Country Club in Maplewood, N.J., to celebrate the senior class of 2016, which will be graduating next week.

The event was introduced in 2012 and aims to provide a platform to recognize the seniors from all 14 of Seton Hall's varsity athletic programs for their outstanding achievements as student-athletes in front of their coaches, teammates, family and friends. As part of the ceremony, each senior is presented with a framed jersey or sport-specific memorabilia to commemorate their experience as a Seton Hall student-athlete.

The marquee awards of the night honored Seton Hall's Female and Male Student-Athletes of the Year. Female Senior Athlete of the Year was shared between basketball's Tabatha Richardson-Smith (Bay City, Texas) and swimming & diving's Gabby Signorelli (Massapequa, N.Y.). Baseball's Derek Jenkins (Annandale, N.J.) was named the Male Senior Athlete of the Year.

In addition to these awards, women's soccer senior and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee president Emily Hansinger (Mount Laurel, N.J.) was selected to receive the Student Most Valuable Pirate Award, which highlights a senior student-athlete who has displayed leadership and dedication, and made exemplary contributions not only in the field of competition, but also in the classroom and in the Seton Hall community.

Of the 52 graduating seniors, 43 were also named recipients of Seton Hall's Academic Merit Award, given to senior student-athletes who have maintained at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average, a list that included representation from 13 of the university's 14 varsity teams.

Collectively, Seton Hall student-athletes currently hold a 3.353 grade-point average, the highest mark in the history of the department.


Tabatha Richardson-Smith
Women's Basketball
Senior Female Athlete of the Year (Co-Recipient)

  • Unanimous first-team All-BIG EAST selection after leading the conference in scoring at 21.7 points per game during conference play; also named first-team All-Met
  • Finished overall with averages of 18.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals
  • Finished career as the school's all-time leader in scoring (1,925 points) and three-pointers made (271)

Gabby Signorelli
Women's Swimming & Diving
Senior Female Athlete of the Year (Co-Recipient)

  • Named Most Outstanding Diver at the BIG EAST Championship for the third consecutive year
  • Swept the BIG EAST Championship diving events, winning both the 1-meter and 3-meter dives for the third consecutive year to finish her career with six conference championships
  • Six conference championships are the most for a Pirates individual in school history

Derek Jenkins
Senior Male Athlete of the Year

  • Currently leading the nation in stolen bases (47) and stolen bases per game (1.04)
  • Stole six bases in a single game vs. Saint Peter's; has five games of at least three stolen bases this season and is second all-time in school history in swipes (117)
  • Also currently leading the team in hitting (.305), runs scored (36) and RBI (31)