Women’s Water Polo Advances to Conference Championship Game

Water polo athlete preparing to throw ball.

McKenna Imset ’21, redshirt junior, earned all-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference honors.—Photo courtesy VMI Keydets.

In their first season under Danielle Montenegro, head coach, the VMI women’s water polo team advanced to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship game for the first time in program history. The Keydets trailed Marist College by just one goal with three minutes left in the final.

McKenna Imset ’21, red-shirt junior, earned first-team All-MAAC honors, while Sydney Shettleroe ’23 was named to the second team. Imset led the team with 50 goals in just 12 games and was a two-time MAAC Offensive Player of the Week. Shettleroe paced the team with 67 points (43 goals, 24 assists). She earned the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week award after breaking the school record for goals in a single match with nine against Mount St. Mary’s University (Maryland) March 13. Rachel Ahumada ’24 earned MAAC Freshman of the Week honors three times in spring 2021.

Academically, the team also performed well with five Keydets named to the 2021 MAAC All-Academic Team: Maddie Berry ’22, Bridget Hughes ’22, Makenna Moore ’22, Genevieve Petrassi ’22, and Katelynn Riley ’23.