LEXINGTON, Va. – After recording the most prolific scoring season in program history, VMI senior Shelby Barkley was recognized as a Division I honorable mention All-American by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) Monday in Lexington, Virginia.
The honor marks the first time in program history a Keydet has been named to an All-America team.
Already the program’s all-time leading scorer as of her junior year, Barkley finished her illustrious VMI career with 314 goals, which is 123 more than former Keydet Mackenzie Perkins’ previous record of 191 career goals. The only record she needed to break heading into the 2018 season was the single-season goals mark held by Celinne Lazarro from 2013 (93 goals), which she attained by totaling 107 during the season.
To accomplish the feat, the Riverside, California, native averaged 3.34 goals per match, also topping the previous program-best mark of 2.91 goals per match average.
Amanda Longan of USC was named Player of the Year while her coach Jovan Vavic was named Coach of the Year after leading the Trojans to the national title earlier this month.
MAAC opponents Hannah Schultz (Iona), Diana Carballo and Katherine Tijerina (Marist), and Kimberly Watson and Erica Hardy (Wagner) were also named to the honorable mention listing.
The teams are nominated for and voted upon by ACWPC member coaches.