Is slated to redshirt the season.
Played in all seven games for Team USA at the 2013 FINA Men’s Junior World Championships in Szombathely, Hungary (Aug. 12-18) as the United States captured fifth place … the Americans went 5-2 at the Junior Worlds … he tallied two goals and one field block.
Four-year varsity water polo letterwinner under head coaches the late Dave Perry (two years) and Kyle Perry (two years) … also lettered four years in swimming for head coach Luke McGuire … helped lead Fenwick High School (Oak Park, Ill.) to three Illinois state championships (2010-11 and 2013), helping push the program’s streak to eight consecutive state titles before it was snapped his junior season (2012) … named a first-team All-Illinois water polo selection as a sophomore, junior and senior … earned third-team All-Illinois honors as a freshman … a four-time All-American, he was named to the first team in 2012-13 and was the Illinois Player of the Year both of those seasons … also secured third-team All-America honors in 2011 and fifth team All-America honors in 2010 … as a senior (2013), tallied 54 goals and 36 assists to lead Fenwick to a state championship and was named Conference Player of the Year … as a junior (2012), recorded 83 goals and 29 assists … as a sophomore (2011), logged 132 goals and 44 assists, leading Fenwick to a perfect 36-0 overall record and a state title … netted 83 goals and 39 assists as a freshman (2010), leading Fenwick to a state championship … was a four-time All-Chicago Catholic League/Metro Catholic Aquatic Conference team member (three times on the first team) … served as team captain in 2012 and 2013 … also earned All-Sectional accolades all four years … won three conference titles (2010-12) … was a two-time (2012-13) National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) Academic All-American … he registered 352 goals, 148 assists and 159 earned exclusions in 110 games during his prep career… at the 2013 state swimming championships, finished 11th in the 200 medley relay (1:36.40), setting a school record.
Competed with the Windy City Water Polo Club out of Oak Park, Ill. … he has played with the Youth National Team in 2011 in Acireale, Italy, placing third … in 2012, was named the top player of the East Regional Championships … also competed at the FINA World Youth Championships in Perth, Australia on the U.S. Youth National Team in 2012 and was also on the U.S. Junior National Team.
Full name: Matthew James Farmer, prefers Matt … born June 17, 1995 in Chicago, Ill. … his parents are James and M. Beatrice Farmer … has one younger brother, Danny … went to the same high school as UCLA senior Chris Wendt (was in 8th grade when Wendt graduated) … lists Team USA center (men’s water polo) Ryan Bailey (four-time Olympian, 2008 silver medalist) as the athlete he most admires … says he chose UCLA because “of the academics of the school as well as the campus and the people on it” … says his biggest thrill so far in his athletic career is, “placing third at a tournament in Italy with the U.S. Junior National Team and also representing the USA at the first-ever FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships in Perth, Australia” … is majoring in biology.