Joliet Catholic Academy senior student-athlete Mia Farrell has been accepted into the University of Chicago to continue her academic and athletic career. Farrell was also recently named a 2015 Esmark High School All-American. The award is in recognition for her outstanding achievements in athletics, academics, and community service, combined with her character and perseverance.
The 5-foot-7 point guard helped lead the Angels to a 3-0 start and the Rich South Galaxy Tournament Championship before Thanksgiving. The Angels are currently 3-2 overall, ranked No. 10 in the state in the Chicago Tribune. Farrell added on her college decision, “I liked that it was close to home so that I could come back and see my little brother play who is in seventh grade. The University of Chicago is well known for its superior education. That’s what drew me the most, because basketball won’t be around forever and my education can set up my future. When I visited, my relationship with the coaches, the players, and the school let me know that the ‘U of C’ was the right choice.”
Farrell has been an instrumental leader at the point guard position for the Angels in 2015 both on the court (averaging 12 points per game) and off the court, which featured a tumultuous off-season with several transfers from a team that finished 2nd in state in Class 3A in 2014. She’ll join a University of Chicago program that is currently 5-1 on the year, ranked No. 19 in the country in the NCAA Division III. The Maroons went 18-7 during the 2014-2015 campaign and captured the UAA Conference Championship. Farrell also joins 2015 JCA graduate Max Brzostowski at the prestigious academic institution. Brzostowski is currently a freshman in the Maroons baseball program.
Farrell said, “Before I committed, there was a tendency to play for the scouts in the stands, but now honestly we only have team goals. We have a new group pushing for teamwork and chemistry. We rely on one another as a family. We still want to win as many games as possible and go downstate, but we are focused on building this program as well.”