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Smith and Szemerda Named Top Seawolves for 2022-23

Author: J. Fleck

Posted on Apr 3, 2023

Category: Volleyball , ACAA , Varsity Sports , Alumni , Soccer , Basketball , SAAC

The University of New Brunswick Saint John Seawolves held their annual athlete’s awards evening Friday night, honoring their student athlete’s achievements in both academics and athletics.

The night was highlighted by the schools four major awards; Male and Female Athletes of the Year and male and female recipients of the Dr. Ann Gorman Condon Academic Athletics Achievement Award.


The Male Athlete of the Year was basketball star, Ethan Szemerda (Saint John, NB), who finished his season ranking in the top five in the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association in points per game (18.8), rebounds per game (9.2), and blocks per game (0.8), while shooting 49.8% from the field and 41.7% from three-point range. The second year forward would also regularly line up defending the oppositions most dangerous scoring weapon.

5th year goalkeeper, Jillian Smith (Orono, ON), was named the Female Athlete of the Year after a stellar season in goal for the women’s soccer team. Smith was named a 1st Team ACAA All-Star Keeper after she led the ACAA in save percentage (.935) and second in goals against average (0.5), total saves (100) and shutouts (6). She was a major factor in the women’s soccer team’s trip the ACAA Championship game.

The Dr. Ann Gorman Condon Academic Athletics Achievement Award recognizes one female and one male who demonstrate excellence both academically and athletically. The male recipient for the 2022-23 season was Griffin Cassidy (Rothesay, NB) of the men’s soccer team. Cassidy led his team in goals this season with three, while being named a 1st Team ACAA All-Star. The second year forward/midfielder is a CCAA Academic All-Canadian nominee for his work on the pitch and in the classroom.

The female recipient was 2nd year middle from the women’s volleyball team, Sydney Flower (Fredericton, NB). Following a year where she was named a CCAA National Scholar, Flower followed that up with a CCAA Academic All-Canadian nomination this year as she was named a 2nd Team ACAA All-Star, helping her team make the ACAA semi-finals. She would lead her team in blocks and finish second in kills this year.

A complete list of award winners can be found below.


UNB SAINT JOHN Athletics, Recreation & Wellness Department 2022-23 AWARD RECIPIENTS

Athletes of the Year    Ethan Szemerda, Basketball  & Jillian Smith, Soccer


Dr. Ann Gorman Condon Academic Athletic Achievement                                                         

Griffin Cassidy, Soccer & Sydney Flower, Volleyball


Dept. Appreciation Award         Mary Duffley

Given annually to a person who has been instrumental in assisting the department with programs and/or promotion.


Dept. Student Appreciation Award     Clara Kelly

Given annually to a person who has been instrumental in assisting the department with programs and/or promotion


Dave Munro Sportsmanship Award      Karlee Duval

Given to the student athlete who best exemplified the attributes of good character, integrity and sportsmanship throughout the current season


Seawolves Four Year Awards                              Seawolves Five Year Awards 

Hannah Humphrey, Soccer                                 Karlee Duval, Soccer                                               

Sophie Williams, Soccer                                        Jillian Smith, Soccer                                                

Kayla Rowe, Soccer                                                                                         

Oluwatobi Obanla, Soccer                                                                                           

Mattye Robson, Volleyball                                                                                          

Jane Campbell, Volleyball                                                                                        

Carson Dorcas, Volleyball                                                                                        

Austin Kendall, Volleyball                                                                                              

Lexi Hawryluk, Basketball                                                                                        

Adam Lambert, Basketball



Jennifer Huttges Spirit Award                Keeghan Thier, Basketball

Given to a student-athlete who is always cheering on teammates and other UNBSJ teams, always involved in activities on campus and off, always looking to make a difference.


SRC Athletics Recognition Award        Mattye Robson, Volleyball

Given to a student-athlete who displays dedication to his/her sport, shows a genuine concern for team members, and works toward the success of UNBSJ athletics.


SRC Memorial Athletics Bursaries     Maddy Kline, Basketball       Liam McLellan, Volleyball



 Founder’s Award    Ava Smith, Basketball

Recognizes a member of the SAAC who demonstrates outstanding leadership and commitment to council initiatives.


 Devin O’Brien Leadership Award        Julianne MacCallum, Soccer

Recognizes who has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities on and off of the court or field, and who has put a great deal of effort into their academic success.


Seawolves Family Award            Emmily Egers, Volleyball

Recognizes who has demonstrated tremendous commitment to improving the Seawolves community and culture. 



Women’s Soccer                                             

Most Valuable Player                                                     Jillian Smith

Rookie of the Year                                                          Hope Gaudet                                                                                                                           

Men’s Soccer                                                    

Most Valuable Player                                                    Griffin Cassidy

Rookie of the Year                                                         Ayham Shiekh


Women’s Basketball                                       

Most Valuable Player                                                     Hanna Grossman

Defensive MVP                                                               Jenny Cripps


Men’s Basketball                                             

Most Valuable Player                                                    Ethan Szemerda

Rookie of the Year                                                        AJ Nash


Women’s Volleyball                                       

Most Valuable Player                                                   Emily Robichaud

Most Improved                                                              Haley Wilson


Men’s Volleyball                                              

Most Valuable Player                                                   Liam McLellan

“Mr. Big”                                                                       Jonathan Fraser-Munroe



Academic All-Canadian Nominations

Julianne MacCallum, Soccer

Hope Gaudet, Soccer

Griffin Cassidy, Soccer

Sydney Flower, Volleyball


National Scholar Award

Matthew Harquail, Soccer

Nolan Masterson, Soccer

Lucas McDonald, Soccer

Hannah Oh, Soccer

Julianne MacCallum, Soccer

Charlotte Knappe, Soccer

Karlee Duval, Soccer

Abby Christopher, Soccer

Jack Fury-Miller, Basketball

Adam Lambert, Basketball

Lexi Hawryluk, Basketball

Maddy Kline, Basketball

Ava Smith, Basketball

Chandler Dickie, Volleyball

Sydney Flower, Volleyball

Liam McLellan, Volleyball

Ben Wilson, Volleyball

Bhavesh Bhargava, Volleyball





First Team All-Conference                                     

Jillian Smith, Soccer

Jocephine Splitgerber,  Soccer

Julianne MacCallum, Soccer

Griffin Cassidy, Soccer

Emily Robichaud, Volleyball


Second Team All-Conference                                 

Karlee Duval, Soccer                                                                           

Hope Gaudet, Soccer                                                                    

Ayham Shiekh, Soccer                                                                                    

Sydney Flower, Volleyball


ACAA Athlete of the Week

Jocephine Splitgerber, Soccer (22/10/05)

Sophie Hunt, Soccer (22/10/12)

Kayla Rower, Soccer (22/10/26)

Mattye Robson, Volleyball (23/02/23)