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Cooper McKenna earned first-team All-America for the third time (photo by Ruby Marks)
Cooper McKenna earned first-team All-America for the third time (photo by Ruby Marks)

McKenna, Wraith Earn First-Team All-America Honors for Athenas Water Polo

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Senior Cooper McKenna and first-year Valerie Wraith earned first-team All-America honors from the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches, while Grace Clark captured a spot on the second team and Isabel Del Villar earned honorable mention distinction.

McKenna earned first-team All-America honors for the third time in three seasons (she missed her first-year season due to the pandemic in 2021). She finished the 2024 campaign with 70 goals, five behind Wraith for the team lead, and won 33 of her 42 sprints. She scored at least one goal in each of the first 28 games this season, with a high of six in a win over CSU Northridge. 

Wraith led CMS in goals (75) and points (98) in her rookie season, scoring at least one goal in all 31 games. She had hat tricks in 15 of those games, with a high of five in wins over CSU Monterey Bay and Caltech, while adding three goals in both meetings with Brown, and all three meetings with Chapman, including in the SCIAC Semifinals. 

Clark makes the All-America lists for the second time in two seasons, after earning first-team honors last season. She tied for the team lead in points with 98, scoring 64 goals and adding 34 assists. She was at her best when the games mattered the most, scoring 12 goals in four postseason games, including four in the USA Water Polo Division III national championship match, when CMS finished as the runner-up. 

Del Villar missed some time early in the season and bolstered the CMS lineup on her return, finishing the year with 54 goals and 18 assists. She had a season-high eight points on five goals and three assists in the national semifinals against Augustana, and also had two goals and one assist in the national championship game, to go along with a season-high five steals. 

CMS finished the season with a 20-11 record and reached the national championship game for the second year in a row.