NCAA Water Polo Champions 2015
UCLA Men's Water Polo BIO
Matt Farmer
Player Profile:
Matt Farmer 1659737
Position: Center
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 222
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: La Grange, Ill.
High School: Fenwick HS
Experience: 1 Letter

Played in 26 matches, making two starts … scored 14 goals on 34 attempts, converting at a 41.2 percent rate … scored a season-high two goals in a 18-8 win at Pepperdine (Oct. 2), a 13-6 win at Loyola Marymount (Oct. 3), a 8-7 win at No. 3 California (Oct. 24), and a 17-4 win over No. 10 UC San Diego in the semi-finals of the NCAA National Championship tournament (Dec. 5) … had at least one goal in 10 matches, including four multiple goal games … also had two assists, 13 steals, three field blocks, and was second on the team with 36 earned exclusions.

Played in 30 matches, making six starts … scored 20 goals (tied for eighth on the team) on 43 attempts, converting at a 46.5 percent rate … scored a season-high two goals six times on the year in wins at La Verne (Sept. 14), vs. Pomona-Pitzer (Sept. 20), at Pacific (Sept. 20), vs. Princeton (Oct. 9), at Pacific (Nov. 8) and at UC Davis (Nov. 9) … had at least one goal in 14 matches … was second on the team with 33 earned exclusions and tied for sixth on the squad with 21 steals … also registered five assists and five field blocks.

Redshirted the season.

Team USA
2015: Played in all eight games (145 minutes) for Team USA at the 2015 World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea (July 2-14) … he scored four goals on 12 shots, converting at a 33.3 percent rate … also tallied five steals, three field blocks and one assist as the United States captured bronze at the World University Games. 2013: 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.

High School
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.

Matt Farmer's Career Statistics
2014 30/6 20 43 .465 5 21 5 33
2015 26/2 14 34 .412 2 13 3 36
Totals 56/8 34 77 .442 7 34 8 69
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