Dartmouth Releases Statement After Tate Ramsden Drowning

21-year-old Dartmouth swimmer Tate Ramsden passed away last weekend in a drowning incident at a YMCA in Sarasota, Florida.

According to the sheriff’s department report, Ramsden had completed around 4,000 yards of his workout and had moved on to practicing underwater swimming. 10News in Sarasota reports that a police officer involved in the case, Officer Douglas Stidham, said “It is believed he was likely attempting to complete a ‘100’… without surfacing for air.”

Ramsden was at the pool with his uncle, cousin, and sister, who noticed he wasn’t moving and alerted the lifeguards.

An autopsy will be conducted to determine the official cause of death.

Dartmouth College released the statement printed below on January 1st, one week after the incident occurred on December 26th:

Dartmouth Mourns the Passing of Tate Ramsden

The Dartmouth athletics department and the entire college community mourns the passing on Dec. 26 of Tate Ramsden, a member of the Class of 2017 and the Big Green swimming and diving team. Ramsden passed away while swimming in Sarasota, Florida, while on vacation with his family.

“We have been in touch with Tate’s family to share our deepest sympathies with them at this time of heartbreaking loss,” Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon ’77 stated in a campus-wide email. “Our thoughts are with Tate’s family and friends at this time of great sadness.”

Ramsden, a native of Nashville, Tennessee, arrived at Dartmouth after a standout prep career at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville. As the swim team captain during his senior year, he led his squad to the Tennessee State Swimming Championship at which he took fourth in the 100 fly and fifth in the 200 free. He also was a member of the 4×100 relay team that won four consecutive first-place titles at the state championships and garnered four all-state honors during his prep career.

A member of Beta Alpha Omega fraternity, Ramsden was a well-rounded swimmer for the Big Green, competing in many of the sprint events, particularly the free and butterfly. Last year at the Ivy League Championship, he raced in the 100 and 200 fly, as well as the 200 IM.

“Tate was a dedicated and talented athlete, and a fine student,” Dartmouth head coach of swimming Jim Wilson said. “Our team is devastated, but we will remember Tate’s friendship, determination, and generosity in this tough time. We will all miss him very much.”

Visitation for Tate Ramsden is Saturday, Jan. 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville.

President Hanlon has encouraged anyone in the Dartmouth community who would like to speak to a counselor on their own behalf or out of concern for someone else to contact the Safety and Security office at (603) 646-4000 at any time.

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5 years ago

Heart felt condolences to the family and team.
Tough lesson for us.
100% is possible. Don’t go it alone.

5 years ago

So so so sorry to this family. It’s so hard when life is full of great opportunity and filled with vibrant life and to be hit with this is devistating to say the least. I cannot even phathum your sadness and unbelievable pain. Life is full of unexpected happenings. Please try to find comfort through prayer. Peace and love to this family I know NOTHING about except the passing of what I’m sure is an amazing young man.

Gina Rhinestone
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5 years ago

‘Fathom’ is what you are after but I agree & ‘phathum’ looks impressively poetic.

5 years ago

My son blacked out during underwater training a couple of years ago, but the lifeguards reacted quickly and got him out in time. I believe the club now prohibits 50m underwater training even under supervision. I knew nothing of the risk back then but have since heard or read numerous stories. My son was lucky. So sorry for this young man’s family, friends and teammates. I cannot begin to imagine their sense of loss.

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