2014 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.
2013 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.
International/Club 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.
Personal 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.