Maine East grad Jeremy Rohrman is adjusting well to diving at Illinois-Chicago

Maine East grad Jeremy Rohrman was a relative novice on the three-meter springboard when he started diving at Illinois-Chicago, but by the Horizon League Championships he was an obvious choice to dive for the Flames. | Photos courtesy UIC Athletics

As Susan Bromberg put together her three-person lineup for the Horizon League Championships earlier this year, the Illinois-Chicago diving coach said she considered just one athlete to be a no-brainer selection.

That diver was Jeremy Rohrman, who graduated from Maine East in 2013. Bromberg’s faith in Rohrman was largely a result of his consistency, she said, and it showed how much progress he made during his first collegiate season.

“I’ve been thrilled with what he has done,” Bromberg said. “I’d seen him dive [before he enrolled at Illinois-Chicago], but I wasn’t really sure what he could do. When he came here his freshman year, he soaked everything in.”

Rohrman entered college as a relative novice on the three-meter springboard. He’d competed and practiced solely on a one-meter springboard at Maine East, growing more confident and more skilled during his career. He finished 23rd at the state meet as a senior.

Maine East doesn’t have a three-meter board, which meant that Rohrman had to get comfortable at a new height quickly.

“Technically, there’s really nothing different about it,” Rohrman said. “It’s just a little higher, but the height definitely gets to you when you first start off.”

Bromberg compared getting acclimated to the three-meter board to trying an extreme sport like snowboarding for the first time; it tends to be terrifying initially but becomes less so with practice.

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