One of the finest divers in New England collegiate history, Frank Marston is unquestionably one of the finest Bowdoin athletes of all time. A six-time New England champion, he was named the 1991 National Diver of the year. A handful of his records still stand, nearly twenty years after his graduation.
Marston wasted little time making a splash at Bowdoin, winning New England Championships in both the one- and three-meter dive as a first-year in 1989. He turned the trick again as a sophomore in 1990, and also captured his first All-American honor in the three-meter dive at the NCAA Division III Championship.
But it was his junior year of 1991 that will remain his finest. Another New England Championship in the three-meter dive earned him a trip to Nationals, where he was seeded fourth heading into the finals. In the finals, he scored an incredible 475.20 points, vaulting him ahead of three divers and earning him the Division III crown. He also placed third in the one-meter diving competition to earn All-American recognition and National Diver of the Year honors.
He capped his career in 1992 with a runner-up showing in the three-meter and another third-place finish in the one-meter at Nationals to capture two additional All-American nods. In addition, he established school and NESCAC records in the onemeter (506.85) and three-meter (585.25) dives. Both school records, as well as his three-meter NESCAC mark, remain to this day.
Marston also competed on the track and field team at Bowdoin, and captured the Maine State crown in the pole vault in 1991.
A native of Bangor and a graduate of Deering High School, Marston graduated from Bowdoin with a degree in government and legal studies. After graduation, he attended Aviation Officer Candidate School and became a Navy pilot. He still flies and currently serves as a lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force. He is stationed in Virginia, where he lives with his wife and their three young children.