Most divers take their time before propelling themselves off the diving board.
They stand at the end of the board, visualize the dive and focus on what they need to do to be successful.
Not former Bangor High School and University of Maine star Roy Warren, who launched into his dives right after he climbed onto the diving board.
“It was amazing. He wouldn’t take any time at all,” former University of Maine assistant men’s swim coach Jeff Wren said. “I asked him why he didn’t take any time, and he said he did all that [preparations] before he got up on the board.”
Warren, a high school All-American and four-year Yankee Conference 3-meter diving champion, died recently after a battle with leukemia. A memorial service will be held for him at Trinity United Methodist Church in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, on Sunday, and he will be buried this fall at the village cemetery near his camp in Enfield.
Warren, a University of Maine Sports Hall of Famer and member of the Maine Swimming and Diving Hall Sports Hall, was 63.
Warren was a diver and swimmer at Bangor High School, where he anchored the Rams’ 200-yard medley relay team to a state record.
“He was our first high school All-American,” former Bangor coach Phil Emery said. “He didn’t just rely on his talent. He really focused on the things that needed to be done, and he worked on those things. He worked on all the details.”
Warren was undefeated in dual meets during high school and was a three-time state diving champion. He was named an All-American as a senior (1973) and won the New England title that year by racking up a meet-record 488 points. He was featured in Sports Illustrated magazine’s ‘Faces in the Crowd’ in 1973.
At UMaine, he won six of eight New England titles and was second the other two times. He led UMaine to two Yankee Conference championships and two runner-up finishes. He competed in the NCAA championships all four years.
“It was such a pleasure to watch him dive,” Wren said. “He was so consistent. He just got up and did his business. He was an incredible competitor.
“If he needed to nail a triple twister to win a meet, he did it. It was automatic.”
Warren coached diving at Bangor High and was the Old Town High School boys coach for a year.
He went on to develop a pool company and during the past two years also served as the diving coach at Bangor’s Husson University, primarily using Skype to watch and communicate with his divers from his home in Florida.